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NCAA/NAIA National Championships: Most National Championships by State

Posted by Andrew McKillop on June 18, 2011

Schools from the state of California have won 723 NCAA/NAIA national team championships.  That’s above and beyond the most by any state.  Texas follows with 315 championships (408 fewer than California).

Just an important reminder that only NCAA/NAIA officially sponsored championship sports were included in the study.  To see a detailed list of sports included click here.  Vacated championship weren’t counted.

Legend: Champ (national championships schools in the state won), /Sch (championships won per current NCAA & NAIA schools in the state), /Pop (championships won per the state’s 2010 census population), Top School (school that has brought the most championships to their state), Pct. (percentage of the state’s championships the “top school” has won)

State Champ /Sch /Pop Top School Champ Pct.
California 723 10 51,527 UCLA 108 14.9%
Texas 315 4.8 79,827 Abilene Christian 65 20.6%
Pennsylvania 200 2.1 63,512 Penn St 41 20.5%
Ohio 178 3.4 64,812 Kenyon 57 32.0%
New York 168 1.6 115,346 Cortland St (NY) 16 9.5%
North Carolina 157 3.3 60,736 North Carolina 37 23.6%
Oklahoma 155 6.7 24,202 Oklahoma St 47 30.3%
Wisconsin 152 4.6 37,414 UW Oshkosh & La Crosse 41 27.0%
Florida 150 4.3 125,342 Florida Southern 27 18.0%
Michigan 145 4.4 68,163 Michigan 35 24.1%
Illinois 144 3 89,102 North Central 26 18.1%
Colorado 128 7.5 39,291 Adams St 51 39.8%
Missouri 121 3.3 49,495 Drury 31 25.6%
Georgia 109 2.7 88,878 Georgia 27 24.8%
Minnesota 105 3.5 50,514 Minnesota 19 18.1%
Alabama 95 4.1 50,313 Auburn-Montgomery 20 21.1%
Iowa 86 3 35,423 Iowa 25 29.1%
Massachusetts 84 1.4 77,948 Williams 25 29.8%
Louisiana 81 4.1 55,968 LSU 45 55.6%
New Jersey 78 2.9 112,717 The College of NJ 39 50.0%
Maryland 74 3.4 78,021 Maryland 25 33.8%
Indiana 69 1.7 93,968 Notre Dame 23 33.3%
Virginia 67 1.7 119,418 Virginia 17 25.4%
Washington 63 3.9 106,739 Puget Sound 14 22.2%
British Columbia 59 19.7 76,455 * Simon Fraser 55 93.2%
Tennessee 55 1.6 115,384 Tennessee 18 32.7%
Arkansas 54 2.8 53,998 Arkansas 41 75.9%
Oregon 53 3.1 72,284 Oregon 18 34.0%
Kentucky 50 1.8 86,787 Lindsey Wilson 10 20.0%
Arizona 49 8.2 130,449 Arizona St 23 46.9%
Nebraska 49 3.1 37,272 Nebraska 21 42.9%
Connecticut 42 2.1 85,098 Connecticut 14 33.3%
Vermont 40 3.6 15,644 Middlebury (VT) 29 72.5%
Kansas 38 1.7 75,082 Emporia St & Kansas 10 26.3%
Hawaii 37 7.4 36,765 BYU-Hawaii 23 62.2%
North Dakota 35 4.4 19,217 North Dakota St 17 48.6%
South Carolina 31 1 149,205 Lander 12 38.7%
Utah 30 3.8 92,130 Utah 20 66.7%
West Virginia 30 1.6 61,766 West Virginia 14 46.7%
Idaho 24 4 65,316 Lewis-Clark St 16 66.7%
Montana 21 2.3 47,115 Montana St-Northern 7 33.3%
South Dakota 20 1.7 40,709 South Dakota St 9 45.0%
Mississippi 18 1.3 164,850 Jackson St 8 44.4%
New Hampshire 11 1 119,679 Franklin Pierce 6 54.5%
Alaska 10 5 71,023 Alaska-Fairbanks 10 100.0%
Rhode Island 9 1.1 116,952 Brown 7 77.8%
Maine 8 0.5 166,045 Bowdoin 3 37.5%
New Mexico 8 1.1 257,397 Eastern New Mexico 6 75.0%
D.C. 5 0.6 120,345 Howard 2 40.0%
Delaware 3 0.6 299,311 Delaware 3 100.0%
Wyoming 3 3 187,875 Wyoming 3 100.0%
Nevada 2 1 1.35M UNLV 2 100.0%

* British Columbia’s population is a 2010 estimate retrieved from Wikipedia.

The argument for California having the most championships, is that they have the most schools in the NCAA/NAIA (which isn’t true).  Although they have a lot of schools in the NCAA/NAIA, California still averages 10 championships per school.  Which only trails the Canadian province of British Columbia (19.7) for most championships per school.  The state of Maine has the least championships per school at 0.5 championships per school.  With Delaware and D.C. slightly ahead with 0.6 championships per school.

The population of Vermont had had the most championships per person, with a championship per every 15,644 people.  Followed by North Dakota (per 19,217), Oklahoma (per 24,202), Iowa (35,423), and Hawaii (per 36,765).  The state of Nevada has the least champions by person with a championship per every 1.35 million people.

Alaska-Fairbanks, Delaware, UNLV, and Wyoming have won all of their states championships.


NCAA Division I sports often garner the most bragging rights, so I decided to breakdown Division I championships by state.

Legend: D1 Champ (Division I national championships won by schools in the state), Pct. (percentage of state’s championships that were Division I), D1 Pct. (percentage of the state’s D1 championships won by the “top school”)

State D1 Champ Pct. Top School Champ D1 Pct.
California 384 53% UCLA 108 28%
Texas 109 35% Texas 44 40%
Pennsylvania 71 36% Penn St 41 58%
Ohio 36 20% Ohio St 28 78%
New York 55 33% Syracuse 13 24%
North Carolina 62 39% North Carolina 37 60%
Oklahoma 74 48% Oklahoma St 47 64%
Wisconsin 24 16% Wisconsin 23 96%
Florida 43 29% Florida 24 56%
Michigan 76 52% Michigan 35 46%
Illinois 31 22% Illinois 16 52%
Colorado 53 41% Denver 28 53%
Missouri 12 10% Saint Louis 10 83%
Georgia 37 34% Georgia 27 73%
Minnesota 25 24% Minnesota 19 76%
Alabama 29 31% Auburn 16 55%
Iowa 42 49% Iowa 25 60%
Massachusetts 17 20% Boston U 5 29%
Louisiana 49 60% LSU 45 92%
New Jersey 14 18% Princeton 11 79%
Maryland 41 55% Maryland 25 61%
Indiana 49 71% Notre Dame 23 47%
Virginia 34 51% Virginia 17 50%
Washington 10 16% Washington 7 70%
British Columbia 0 0%
Tennessee 22 40% Tennessee 18 82%
Arkansas 41 76% Arkansas 41 100%
Oregon 23 43% Oregon 18 78%
Kentucky 16 32% Kentucky 9 56%
Arizona 40 82% Arizona St 23 58%
Nebraska 21 43% Nebraska 21 100%
Connecticut 21 50% Connecticut 14 67%
Vermont 5 13% Vermont 5 100%
Kansas 11 29% Kansas 10 91%
Hawaii 3 8% Hawaii 3 100%
North Dakota 7 20% North Dakota 7 100%
South Carolina 7 23% Clemson 4 57%
Utah 30 100% Utah 20 67%
West Virginia 16 53% West Virginia 14 88%
Idaho 5 21% Idaho St 3 60%
Montana 3 14% Montana 2 67%
South Dakota 0 0%
Mississippi 0 0%
New Hampshire 4 36% Dartmouth 3 75%
Alaska 10 100% Alaska-Fairbanks 10 100%
Rhode Island 9 100% Brown 7 78%
Maine 2 25% Maine 2 100%
New Mexico 1 13% New Mexico 1 100%
D.C. 2 40% Georgetown & Howard 1 50%
Delaware 2 67% Delaware 2 100%
Wyoming 3 100% Wyoming 3 100%
Nevada 2 100% UNLV 2 100%



Schools from the states of Mississippi and South Dakota have never won Division I titles.

Over 31% of states have received the majority of their national championships in Division I competition.  Alaska, Nevada, Rhode Island, Utah, and Wyoming received all of their states national championships in Division I competition.


Reference: Sources used to compile list of NCAA/NAIA national champions.

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