|Sports fielded||16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)|
|Region||Western United States
Region I of the NAIA
The Frontier Conference is a college athletic conference, founded in 1952 and affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in the northwestern United States, in the states of Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon and Utah.
The Montana Collegiate Conference was established in 1920 by the four smaller schools (Billings Poly, Carroll, Montana School of Mines, Western Montana) in the state, with Eastern Montana and Northern Montana joining once they had established athletics. The conference reestablished itself under its current moniker in 1952, containing the same six schools until 1974. Great Falls joined that year, however would only stay for a decade. Eastern Montana (now MSU-Billings left for the first incarnation of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 1988, leaving the Frontier at five members for another decade. The conference opened up outside of Montana for the first time in 1998, with schools from Idaho (Lewis-Clark State) and Utah (Westminster) joining. Great Falls rejoined in 1999.
The Frontier Conference has 6 full members with football, 3 full members without football teams, and 2 football-only affiliate members. Lewis–Clark State College, the University of Great Falls, and Westminster College do not play football. Eastern Oregon University and Southern Oregon University are the football-only affiliate members, giving the Frontier a total of 8 football-playing members. The College of Idaho announced in the summer of 2012 that it had re-instated its football program and would be joining the Frontier Conference as a football-only member in 2014. Dickinson State joined from the defunct Dakota Athletic Conference in 2012, but announced it will leave for the North Star Athletic Association in 2014.
|Carroll College||Helena, Montana||1909||Private (Catholic)||1,502||1920||Fighting Saints||Yes|
|Dickinson State University||Dickinson, North Dakota||1918||Public||2,572||2012||Blue Hawks||Yes|
|Lewis–Clark State College||Lewiston, Idaho||1893||Public||4,500||1998||Warriors (men's)
Lady Warriors (women's)
|Montana State University–Northern2||Havre, Montana||1929||Public||1,207||1939||Lights (men's)
|Montana Tech of The University of Montana2||Butte, Montana||1889||Public||2,694||1920||Orediggers||Yes|
|Rocky Mountain College2||Billings, Montana||1878||Private||894||1920||Battlin' Bears||Yes|
|University of Great Falls||Great Falls, Montana||1932||Private (Catholic)||800||1974,
|University of Montana Western2||Dillon, Montana||1893||Public||1,336||1920||Bulldogs||Yes|
|Westminster College||Salt Lake City, Utah||1875||Private||2,168||1998||Griffins||No|
- 1 - Also a member from 1974-1984
- 2 - MSU-Northern was Northern Montana until 1994; Montana Tech-UM was Montana School of Mines until 1965, then Montana Tech until 1994; Rocky Mountain was Billings Poly until 1947; UM-Western was Western Montana until 1999.
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Nickname||Primary Conference||Frontier Sport|
|College of Idaho !The College of Idaho||Caldwell, Idaho||1891||Private||1,010||2014||Coyotes||CCC||football|
|Eastern Oregon University||La Grande, Oregon||1929||Public||3,743||2005||Mountaineers||CCC||football|
|Southern Oregon University||Ashland, Oregon||1872||Public||5,696||2012||Raiders||CCC||football|
|Eastern Montana College||Billings, Montana||1927||Public||5,081||Yellow Jackets||1937||1988||Great Northwest|
The Frontier Conference sponsors athletic competition in men's and women's basketball, men's football, golf, and women's volleyball. Dickinson State University, Montana State University-Northern and University of Great Falls are participants in wrestling (all are national powers). University of Great Falls, College of Idaho, Southern Oregon University, and Westminster College are participants in men's lacrosse.