CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 16, 2022) – After Collegiate Consulting’s completion of a Division I Feasibility Study for Queens University of Charlotte to assess a divisional reclassification from NCAA Division II to Division I, Queens’ trustees unanimously approved a plan to explore a move to NCAA Division I.
Queens currently is a member of Division II and competes in the South Atlantic Conference. The decision, made by the 29-member board, was announced “after careful and thoughtful consideration.”
According to a statement released by the university, the board took into account the move’s impact to both the school’s academic and athletic success.
Collegiate Consulting began working with Queens in June 2021, with an initial draft completed in September 2021. Phase II of the study was completed in December 2021 and submitted to Queens. Collegiate Consulting’s full report analyzed metrics for the ASUN, Big South and Southern Conference including expenses, revenue, travel, competitiveness and suitability for Queens University of Charlotte’s illustrious athletic brand.
Queens has been a Division II powerhouse in men’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. The Royals have won six consecutive Division II national titles in men’s and women’s swimming and diving. And the men’s basketball team is ranked 15th nationally this month.
A move to Division I remains contingent upon a formal conference invitation and pending financial feasibility, the school said.
Collegiate Consulting is a comprehensive solutions-based intercollegiate consulting firm founded in 2005, is based in Atlanta. In the past two years, Collegiate Consulting has completed more than a 20 Division I Feasibility Studies and assisted Merrimack, Bellarmine, Tarleton State, Dixie State and Cal Baptist on their recent moves to Division I.