List of college athletic programs in North Carolina

The main article is College athletics.


  • This list is in a tabular format, with columns arranged in the following order, from left to right:
    • Athletic team description (short school name and nickname), with a link to the school's athletic program article if it exists. When only one nickname is listed, it is used for teams of both sexes (in recent years, many schools have chosen to use the same nickname for men's and women's teams even when the nickname is distinctly masculine). When two nicknames are given, the first is used for men's teams and the other is used for women's teams. Different nicknames for a specific sport within a school are noted separately below the table.
    • Full name of school.
    • Location of school.
    • Conference of the school (if conference column is left blank, the school is either independent or the conference is unknown).
  • Apart from the ongoing conversions, the following notes apply:
    • Following the normal standard of U.S. sports media, the terms "University" and "College" are ignored in alphabetization, unless necessary to distinguish schools (such as Boston College and Boston University) or are actually used by the media in normally describing the school (formerly the case for the College of Charleston, but media now use "Charleston" for that school's athletic program).
    • Schools are also alphabetized by the names they are most commonly referred to by sports media, with non-intuitive examples included in parentheses next to the school name. This means, for example, that campuses bearing the name "University of North Carolina" may variously be found at "C" (Charlotte), "N" (North Carolina, referring to the Chapel Hill campus), and "U" (the Asheville, Greensboro, Pembroke, and Wilmington campuses, all normally referred to as UNC {campus name}).
    • The prefix "St.", as in "Saint", is alphabetized as if it were spelled out.


Division I

TeamSchoolCityConferenceSport sponsorship
Appalachian State MountaineersAppalachian State UniversityBooneSun BeltFBS
Campbell Fighting Camels and Lady CamelsCampbell UniversityBuies CreekBig SouthFCS
Charlotte 49ersUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteC-USAFBS
Davidson WildcatsDavidson CollegeDavidsonAtlantic 10FCS [lower-alpha 1]
Duke Blue DevilsDuke UniversityDurhamACCFBS
East Carolina Pirates and Lady PiratesEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleThe AmericanFBS
Elon PhoenixElon UniversityElonColonialFCS
Gardner–Webb Runnin' BulldogsGardner–Webb UniversityBoiling SpringsBig SouthFCS
High Point PanthersHigh Point UniversityHigh PointBig South
NC State WolfpackNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighACCFBS
North Carolina Tar HeelsUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillACCFBS
North Carolina A&T AggiesNorth Carolina Agricultural and Technical State UniversityGreensboroMEACFCS
North Carolina Central EaglesNorth Carolina Central UniversityDurhamMEACFCS
UNC Asheville BulldogsUniversity of North Carolina at AshevilleAshevilleBig South
UNC Greensboro SpartansUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboroSouthern
UNC Wilmington SeahawksUniversity of North Carolina at WilmingtonWilmingtonColonial
Wake Forest Demon DeaconsWake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemACCFBS
Western Carolina CatamountsWestern Carolina UniversityCullowheeSouthernFCS
  1. Davidson's football team competes in the Pioneer Football League.

Division II

TeamSchoolCityConferenceSport sponsorship
Barton BulldogsBarton CollegeWilsonCarolinas [lower-alpha 1]
Belmont Abbey CrusadersBelmont Abbey CollegeBelmontCarolinas
Catawba IndiansCatawba CollegeSalisburySouth Atlantic
Chowan HawksChowan CollegeMurfreesboroCarolinas [lower-alpha 2]
Elizabeth City State VikingsElizabeth City State UniversityElizabeth CityCIAA
Fayetteville State BroncosFayetteville State UniversityFayettevilleCIAA
Johnson C. Smith Golden BullsJohnson C. Smith UniversityCharlotteCIAA
Lees–McRae BobcatsLees–McRae CollegeBanner ElkCarolinas
Lenoir–Rhyne BearsLenoir–Rhyne UniversityHickorySouth Atlantic
Livingstone Blue BearsLivingstone CollegeSalisburyCIAA
Mars Hill LionsMars Hill UniversityMars HillSouth Atlantic
Mount Olive TrojansUniversity of Mount OliveMount OliveCarolinas
Queens RoyalsQueens University of CharlotteCharlotteSouth Atlantic
Saint Augustine's FalconsSaint Augustine's UniversityRaleighCIAA [lower-alpha 3]
Shaw BearsShaw UniversityRaleighCIAA [lower-alpha 4]
UNC Pembroke BravesUniversity of North Carolina at PembrokePembrokePeach Belt [lower-alpha 5]
Wingate BulldogsWingate UniversityWingateSouth Atlantic
Winston-Salem State Rams and Lady RamsWinston-Salem State UniversityWinston-SalemCIAA [lower-alpha 3]
  1. Barton's football team will begin play in 2020–21 and will compete as an independent.
  2. Chowan's football team competes in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
  3. Saint Augustine's and Winston-Salem State's baseball teams compete as independents.
  4. Shaw's soccer teams compete as independents.
  5. UNC Pembroke's football team competes as independent and will join the Mountain East Conference as a football-only member in 2020–21.

Division III

TeamSchoolCityConferenceSport sponsorship
Brevard Tornadoes [lower-alpha 1]Brevard CollegeBrevardUSA South
Greensboro PrideGreensboro CollegeGreensboroUSA South
Guilford QuakersGuilford CollegeGreensboroOld Dominion
Meredith AngelsMeredith CollegeRaleighUSA South
Methodist MonarchsMethodist UniversityFayettevilleUSA South
North Carolina Wesleyan Battling BishopsNorth Carolina Wesleyan CollegeRocky MountUSA South
Pfeiffer Falcons [lower-alpha 1]Pfeiffer UniversityMisenheimerUSA South
Salem SpiritsSalem CollegeWinston-SalemUSA South
William Peace PacersWilliam Peace UniversityRaleighUSA South
  1. As of 2019–20, Brevard and Pfeiffer are in the final year of their transitions to Division III and will become active Division III members in 2020–21.


TeamSchoolCityConferenceSport sponsorship
Montreat CavaliersMontreat CollegeMontreatAppalachianD2D2
St. Andrews KnightsSt. Andrews UniversityLaurinburgAppalachian [lower-alpha 1]D2D2
  1. St. Andrews' football team competes in the Mid-South Conference.


Johnson & Wales WildcatsJohnson & Wales UniversityCharlotte
Warren Wilson Owls [lower-alpha 1]Warren Wilson CollegeAsheville
MACU MustangsMid-Atlantic Christian UniversityElizabeth City
  1. Warren Wilson is transitioning to NCAA Division III.


Albemarle DolphinsCollege of The AlbemarleElizabeth CityCarolinas JC
Brunswick DolphinsBrunswick Community CollegeSupplyCarolinas JC
Caldwell CobrasCaldwell Community College & Technical InstituteHudsonCarolinas JC
Cape Fear Sea DevilsCape Fear Community CollegeWilmingtonCarolinas JC
Catawba Valley BuccaneersCatawba Valley Community CollegeHickoryCarolinas JC
Central Carolina CougarsCentral Carolina Community CollegeSanfordCarolinas JC
Davidson County StormDavidson County Community CollegeThomasvilleCarolinas JC
Guilford Tech TitansGuilford Technical Community CollegeJamestownCarolinas JC
Johnston JaguarsJohnston Community CollegeSmithfieldCarolinas JC
Lenoir LancersLenoir Community CollegeKinstonCarolinas JC
Louisburg HurricanesLouisburg CollegeLouisburgCarolinas JC
Pitt BulldogsPitt Community CollegeGreenvilleCarolinas JC
Rockingham EaglesRockingham Community CollegeWentworthCarolinas JC
Sandhills FlyersSandhills Community CollegePinehurstCarolinas JC
Southeastern RamsSoutheastern Community CollegeWhitevilleCarolinas JC
Surry KnightsSurry Community CollegeDobsonCarolinas JC
Vance–Granville VanguardsVance–Granville Community CollegeHendersonCarolinas JC
Wake Tech EaglesWake Technical Community CollegeRaleighCarolinas JC


Barber-Scotia Mighty SabresBarber-Scotia CollegeConcordNone

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