List of NCAA conferences


List of NCAA conferences

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is divided into three divisions, based roughly on school size. Each division is made up of several conferences for regional league play.

Contents

Division I

Division I Football Bowl Subdivision

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
Atlantic Coast Conference ACC 1953 121 25 Greensboro, North Carolina ACC-USA-states.png
Big East Conference Big East 1979 162 24 Providence, Rhode Island Big East-USA-states.PNG
Big Ten Conference Big Ten 1896 12 25 Park Ridge, Illinois Big 10 map.png
Big 12 Conference Big 12 1996 103 21 Irving, Texas Big 12-USA-states1.png
Conference USA C-USA 1995 12 21 Irving, Texas C-USA-USA-states.PNG
Division I FBS Independents 4 1 Ind.-USA-states.png
Mid-American Conference MAC 1946 124 23 Cleveland, Ohio MAC-USA-states (Football).png
Mountain West Conference MW / MWC 1999 85 19 Colorado Springs, Colorado MWC+3-1 USA states.svg
Pacific-12 Conference Pac-12 1915 12 22 Walnut Creek, California Pac 10 +2 USA states.svg
Southeastern Conference SEC 1932 126 20 Birmingham, Alabama SEC-USA-states2011.png
Sun Belt Conference Sun Belt 1976 127 19 New Orleans, Louisiana SunBeltMap.png
Western Athletic Conference WAC 1962 88 19 Greenwood Village, Colorado WAC-USA-states2.png
  • Notes:
    • 1 - 14 schools with the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse (date of arrival to be determined).
    • 2 - 8 schools with football programs in the Big East. 3 other schools have football programs that play outside the Big East. 13 total schools (5 football schools) with the loss of Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and West Virginia (date of departure to be determined).
    • 3 - 9 schools in 2012 with departure of Texas A&M and Missouri and addition of TCU. 10 schools with addition of West Virginia (date of arrival in question).
    • 4 - 13 with Temple being an affiliated football member. 14 football members in 2012 with the addition of Massachusetts' football program.
    • 5 - 9 all-sports members with addition of Fresno State and Nevada, and departure of TCU in 2012. 10 football-playing members with the addition of Hawaii as a football affiliate in 2012.
    • 6 - 14 schools in 2012 with addition of Texas A&M and Missouri
    • 7 - Only 9 schools with football programs. 11 total members with the departure of Denver in 2012. 10 football schools with the addition of South Alabama's football program in 2013
    • 8 - 10 in 2012, but only 7 with football programs, after the departure of Fresno State, Nevada, and Hawaii, and the additions of Denver, Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, and Seattle.

Division I Football Championship Subdivision

Conference Nickname Founded Full Members Sports Headquarters Map
Big Sky Conference Big Sky 1963 91 14 Ogden, Utah BigSky-USA-states.PNG
Big South Conference Big South 1983 11 18 Charlotte, North Carolina BigSouthMap.PNG
Colonial Athletic Association CAA 1983 122 25 Richmond, Virginia ColonialAthleticAssociationFootballMap.png
Division I FCS Independents 4 1 Ind. IFCS-USA-states.PNG.png
Great West Conference Great West 2004 73 16 Elmhurst, Illinois GREATWESTstates.PNG
Ivy League Ivy League 1954 8 33 Princeton, New Jersey Ivy League map.png
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference MEAC 1970 13 15 Virginia Beach, Virginia MEACstates.PNG.png
Missouri Valley Football Conference MVFC 1985 94 1 St. Louis, Missouri Missouri Valley Football Conference map.png
Northeast Conference NEC 1981 125 23 Somerset, New Jersey MapNEC (Football).PNG
Ohio Valley Conference OVC 1948 116 19 Brentwood, Tennessee Ohio Valley Conference map.png
Patriot League Patriot 1986 8 21 Center Valley, Pennsylvania PatriotLeagueMap (Football).PNG
Pioneer Football League PFL 1991 107 1 St. Louis, Missouri PioneerFootballLeagueMap.PNG
Southern Conference SoCon 1921 12 19 Spartanburg, South Carolina SOCONstates.PNG
Southland Conference Southland 1963 128 16 Frisco, Texas Southland Conference map.png
Southwestern Athletic Conference SWAC 1920 10 18 Birmingham, Alabama SWACstates.PNG
  • Notes:
    • 1 - 11 full members in 2012 with addition of North Dakota and Southern Utah, 13 football members with addition of affiliates Cal Poly and UC Davis in 2012
    • 2 - 12 full members, 11 football members; 11 football members in 2012 with departure of Massachusetts and addition of Georgia State; 10 football members in 2013 with departure of Rhode Island
    • 3 - will cease sponsoring football in 2012 with loss of Cal Poly, North Dakota, South Dakota, Southern Utah, and UC Davis
    • 4 - 10 members in 2012 with addition of South Dakota
    • 5 - 12 full members, 9 football members. 10 football members in 2013 with addition of Rhode Island
    • 6 - 11 full members, 9 football members. 12 full members in 2012 with addition of Belmont, which has no football program and no intent to start one
    • 7 - 12 members in 2013 with addition of Mercer and Stetson, both of which are reviving their football programs
    • 8 - 10 members in 2012 with departure of Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State and addition of Oral Roberts.

Non-football, multi-sport conferences

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
America East Conference America East 1979 9 19 Boston, Massachusetts AmEastMap.png
Atlantic Sun Conference A-Sun 1978 101 17 Macon, Georgia AtlanticSunMap.PNG
Atlantic 10 Conference A-10 1975 14 21 Newport News, Virginia A10USAmap.png
Big West Conference Big West / BWC 1969 92 20 Irvine, California Big West-USA-states.png
Horizon League Horizon 1979 10 19 Indianapolis, Indiana Horizon League map.png
Independents 3 Division I Basketball independents map3.png
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference MAAC 1980 10 24 Edison, New Jersey MAACMap.PNG
Missouri Valley Conference MVC / Valley 1907 10 19 St. Louis, Missouri MissouriValleyConferenceMap.PNG
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation MPSF 1992 38 11 Woodland, California MPSF-USA-states.PNG
The Summit League The Summit 1982 103 19 Elmhurst, Illinois The Summit League conference map.png
West Coast Conference WCC 1952 9 13 San Bruno, California WCC West Coast Conference Map.PNG
  • Notes:
    • 1 - 9 members in 2012 with loss of Belmont
    • 2 - 10 members in 2012 with addition of Hawaii
    • 3 - 9 members in 2012 with losses of Southern Utah and Oral Roberts, and addition of Nebraska-Omaha

Ice hockey conferences

Conference Nickname Founded Members (Men/Women) Headquarters Map
Atlantic Hockey Atlantic Hockey 1997 12 (12/none) Haverhill, Massachusetts Map - College Hockey - Atlantic Hockey states.svg
Central Collegiate Hockey Association CCHA 1972 11 (11/none) Farmington Hills, Michigan Map - College Hockey - CCHA states.svg
College Hockey America CHA 2000 4 (none/4) Detroit, Michigan Map - College Hockey - College Hockey America states.svg
ECAC Hockey ECAC 1962 12 (12/12) Albany, New York Map - College Hockey - ECAC Hockey states.svg
Hockey East Hockey East 1984 11 (10/8) Wakefield, Massachusetts Map - College Hockey - Hockey East states.svg
Western Collegiate Hockey Association WCHA 1951 13 (12/8) Denver, Colorado Map - College Hockey - WCHA states.svg
Independents 3 (1/2) Map - College Hockey - Independents states.svg

Future ice hockey conference

Conference Nickname Founded Members (Men/Women) Headquarters Map
National Collegiate Hockey Conference NCHC 2011 8 (8/none)1 Colorado Springs, Colorado NCHC states.svg
  • 1 - Members begin play in 2013: Colorado College, Denver, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota, St. Cloud State, and Western Michigan

Other single-sport conferences

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
Atlantic Soccer Conference ASC 2000 5 1 (soccer) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
American Lacrosse Conference ALC 2001 6 1 (women's lacrosse) Athens, Ohio
Coastal Collegiate Swim Association CCSA 2008 12 1 (swimming) Charlotte, North Carolina
Collegiate Water Polo Association CWPA 1970s 25 1 (water polo) Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
ECAC Lacrosse League ECAC 2000 7 1 (lacrosse) Centerville, Massachusetts
East Atlantic Gymnastics League EAGL 1995 8 1 (gymnastics)  ?
Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges EARC  ? 17 1 (rowing) Centerville, Massachusetts
Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League EIGL  ? 7 1 (gymnastics) Centerville, Massachusetts
Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association EISA  ? 12 1 (skiing)  ?
Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association EIVA 1977 13 1 (volleyball) Centerville, Massachusetts
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association EIWA 1905 19 1 (wrestling)  ?
Eastern Wrestling League EWL 1976 7 1 (wrestling)  ?
Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association MIVA 1961 7 1 (volleyball) Columbus, Ohio
National Lacrosse Conference NLC 2009 8 1 (lacrosse)  ?
Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference NorPac 1982 8 1 (field hockey)  ?
Pacific Coast Softball Conference PCSL 2002 12 1 (softball)  ?
Pacific Coast Swim Conference PCSL 2002 16 1 (swimming)  ?
Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association RMISA  ? 8 1 (skiing)  ?
Western Water Polo Association WWPA  ? 20 1 (water polo)  ?
Western Wrestling Conference WWC 2006 7 1 (wrestling) Cedar Falls, Iowa

Division II

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
California Collegiate Athletic Association CCAA 1938 12 13 Walnut Creek, California CCAAstates.png
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference CACC 1965 12 12 New Haven, Connecticut CACCstates.PNG
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association CIAA 1912 12 14 Hampton, Virginia Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, coverage map.png
Conference Carolinas CC 1938 13 15 Thomasville, North Carolina CVACstates.PNG
East Coast Conference ECC 1989 9 17 Central Islip, New York ECCMap.png
Great American Conference GAC 2011 91 11 Russellville, Arkansas GACstates.png
Great Lakes Football Conference GLFC 2006 5 1 Rensselaer, Indiana GLFCstates.png
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference GLIAC 1972 142 20 Bay City, Michigan GLIACstates.png
Great Lakes Valley Conference GLVC 1978 163 15 Indianapolis, Indiana GLVCstates.png
Great Midwest Athletic Conference G-MAC 2011 7 TBD TBD Great midwest athletic conference map2.png
Great Northwest Athletic Conference GNAC 2001 9 13 Spokane, Washington Gnac-States.PNG
Gulf South Conference GSC 1970 84 14 Birmingham, Alabama Gulf South Conference Map.svg
Heartland Conference Heartland 1999 8 13 Waco, Texas Heartlandstates.png
Lone Star Conference LSC 1931 11 16 Richardson, Texas LSCstates.png
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association MIAA 1912 125 14 Kansas City, Missouri Map of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.png
NCAA Division II independent schools 14 (football),
21 (basketball)
DII-indiesstates.png
Northeast-10 Conference NE-10 1980 16 23 South Easton, Massachusetts Northeast10-USA-states.png
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference NSIC 1932 146 17 St. Paul, Minnesota NSICstates.png
Pacific West Conference PacWest 1992 107 10 Queen Creek, Arizona PWCstates.png
Peach Belt Conference PBC 1990 13 13 Augusta, Georgia Peachbeltstates.png
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference PSAC 1951 16 22 Lock Haven, Pennsylvania PSACstates.png
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference RMAC 1909 148 19 Colorado Springs, Colorado RMACstates.png
South Atlantic Conference SAC 1975 10 14 Rock Hill, South Carolina SAC-USA-states.png
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SIAC 1913 13 13 Tucker, Georgia SIACstates.png
Sunshine State Conference SSC 1975 9 14 Orlando, Florida Sunshineconferencestates.png
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference WVIAC 1924 16 16 Princeton, West Virginia WVIACstates.png
  • Notes:
    • 1 - 10 members in 2012 with addition of Southern Nazarene, 11 members in 2013 with addition of Northwestern Oklahoma State
    • 2 - 16 members in 2012 with addition of Malone and Walsh
    • 3 - 16 members in 2012 with addition of McKendree and loss of Kentucky Wesleyan
    • 4 - 11 members in 2012 with addition of New Orleans, Shorter, and Union
    • 5 - 15 members in 2012 with addition of Lindenwood, Nebraska-Kearney, Central Oklahoma, and Northeastern Oklahoma State, and loss of Nebraska-Omaha
    • 6 - 16 members in 2012 with addition of Minot State and Sioux Falls
    • 7 - 13 members in 2012 with addition of Azusa Pacific, Fresno Pacific, and Point Loma Nazarene
    • 8 - 14 members in 2012 with loss of Nebraska-Kearney and addition of Black Hills State

Division III

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference AMCC 1997 10 14 Gibsonia, Pennsylvania ALMCC-USA-states.png
American Southwest Conference ASC 1996 15 16 Richardson, Texas ASW-USA-states.png
Capital Athletic Conference CAC 1989 9 19 Hollywood, Maryland Capital-USA-states.png
Centennial Conference Centennial 1981 11 24 Lancaster, Pennsylvania CC-USA-states.png
City University of New York Athletic Conference CUNYAC 1987 10 16 Flushing, Queens, New York CUNYAC-USA-states.png
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin CCIW 1946 8 21 Naperville, Illinois CCIW-USA-states.png
Colonial States Athletic Conference CSAC 1992 12 15 Aston, Pennsylvania PAC-USA-states.png
Commonwealth Coast Conference TCCC 1984 14 17 Springfield, Massachusetts 800px-TCCC-USA-states.png
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference ECFC 2009 8 1 Wilmington, Vermont
Empire 8 E8 1964 12 22 Rochester, New York E8-USA-states.png
Great Northeast Athletic Conference GNAC 1995 14 12 Boston, Massachusetts GNEAC-USA-states.png
Great South Athletic Conference GSAC 1999 7 11 LaGrange, Georgia GSAC-USA-states.png
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference HCAC 1987 9 17 Greenwood, Indiana Heartland-USA-states.png
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference IIAC 1922 9 21 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iowa-USA-states.png
Landmark Conference Landmark 2006 8 11 Madison, New Jersey Landmark-USA-states.png
Liberty League Liberty 1995 13 26 Canton, New York Liberty-USA-states.png
Little East Conference LEC 1986 8 19 North Dartmouth, Massachusetts LEC-USA-states.png
Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference MASCAC 1971 8 13 Westfield, Massachusetts MASAC-USA-states.png
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association MIAA 1888 9 18 Royal Oak, Michigan MIAA-USA-states.png
Middle Atlantic Conferences MAC 1912 16 22 Annville, Pennsylvania MAC-USA-states.png
Midwest Conference Midwest 1921 10 20 Ripon, Wisconsin Midwest-USA-states.png
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference MIAC 1920 13 22 St. Paul, Minnesota MIAC-USA-states.png
NCAA Division III independent schools 2 (football)
6 (basketball)
D3Indies-USA-states.png
New England Collegiate Conference NECC 2008 9 14 Attleboro, Massachusetts NECC-USA.png
New England Football Conference NEFC 1965 16 1  ? NEFC-USA-states.png
New England Small College Athletic Conference NESCAC 1971 11 27 Hadley, Massachusetts NESCAC-USA-states.png
New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference NEWMAC 1998 10 18 Wellesley, Massachusetts NEWAMC-USA-states.png
New Jersey Athletic Conference NJAC 1985 10 16 Pitman, New Jersey NJAC-USA-states.png
North Atlantic Conference NAC 1996 8 15 Whitingham, Vermont NAC-USA-states.PNG
North Coast Athletic Conference NCAC 1983 10 22 Westlake, Ohio NCAC-USA-states.png
North Eastern Athletic Conference NEAC 2004 8 12 Gansevoort, New York NEAC-USA-states.png
Northern Athletics Conference NAC 2006 13 18 Waukesha, Wisconsin CCIW-USA-states.png
Northwest Conference NWC 1926 9 18 Seattle, Washington NWC-USA-states.png
Ohio Athletic Conference OAC 1902 10 21 Austintown, Ohio OAC-USA-states.png
Old Dominion Athletic Conference ODAC 1976 13 22 Salem, Virginia ODAC-USA-states.png
Presidents' Athletic Conference PAC 1955 10 19 Wexford, Pennsylvania Presidents Athletic Conference map.svg
Skyline Conference Skyline 1989 11 17 Lawrenceville, New Jersey SL-USA-states.png
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SCIAC 1915 8 19 Los Angeles, California SCIAC-USA-states.png
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference SCAC 1962 121 19 Suwanee, Georgia SCAC-USA-states.PNG
State University of New York Athletic Conference SUNYAC 1928 11 20 Fredonia, New York SL-USA-states.png
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SLIAC 1989 9 13 St. Louis, Missouri SLIAC-USA-states.png
University Athletic Association UAA 1986 8 22 Rochester, New York UAA-USA-states.png
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference UMAC 1972 8 16 St. Paul, Minnesota
USA South Athletic Conference USA South 1965 10 14 Fayetteville, North Carolina USASouth-USA-states.png
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference WIAC 1913 9 20 Madison, Wisconsin WIAC-USA-states.png
  • Notes:
    • 1 - 5 members in 2012 with the departure of Birmingham–Southern, Centre, Hendrix, Millsaps, Oglethorpe, Rhodes, and Sewanee to form a new D-III conference tentatively known as the Southern Athletic Association

Defunct NCAA conferences

Conference Division Founded Folded Fate
American South Conference Division I 1991 absorbed by Sun Belt Conference
Atlantic Central Football Conference Division III 1997 2010 disbanded
Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference Division III 1995 2007 disbanded
Big Eight Conference Division I 1928 1996 previously known as Big Six and Big Seven, joined with four former Southwest Conference schools to create the Big 12 Conference
Border Conference University Division 1931 1962 members split between the newly-formed WAC and independent status
Dixie Conference * 1930 1942 disbanded
Dixie Conference * 1948 1954 disbanded
East Coast Conference Division I 1958 1994 absorbed by Mid-Continent Conference
Great Midwest Conference Division I 1991 1995 merged with Metro Conference to form Conference USA
Great Western Lacrosse League Division I 1993 2010 members joined the ECAC Lacrosse League
Gulf Coast Conference College Division 1949 1957 disbanded
Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference University Division 1908 1970 previously known as Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, disbanded
Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest * 1892 1893 disbanded, precursor to the Big Ten Conference
Lake Michigan Conference Division III 1974 2007 merged with the Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference to form the Northern Athletics Conference
Metro Conference Division I 1975 1995 merged with Great Midwest Conference to form Conference USA
Mountain States Conference aka (Skyline Conference) University Division 1938 1962 disbanded, members split between the newly-formed WAC and independent status
New England Conference * 1938 1947 Disbanded; all members joined with other schools to form the Yankee Conference under a new charter. Effectively the earliest ancestor of today's Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) football conference.
North Central Conference Division II 1922 2008 disbanded
Northern California Athletic Conference Division II 1925 1996 Football-only conference, dissolved when most members decided to drop football
Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference Division III  ? 2007 merged with the Lake Michigan Conference to form the Northern Athletics Conference
Pacific Coast Conference Division I 1915 1959 forerunner to Pac-12, disbanded due to scandal and infighting
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association * 1894 1941 disbanded with the onset of World War II
Southwest Conference Division I 1914 1996 disbanded, members split into the Big 12, WAC, and C-USA
Yankee Conference Division I 1947 1997 Football-only conference from 1975 until its absorption by the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1997. Also an effective ancestor of today's CAA football conference.
  • * - Operated before the NCAA split into divisions in 1955.

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