|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|
|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.
Baseball (The Frontier Conference does not sponsor baseball, but conference member Lewis-Clark State has an outstanding record in the sport)
Lewis-Clark State has won the national title 16 times: 1984-85, 1987-1992 (six straight), 1996, 1999-2000, 2002-03, 2006-08.
They were runners-up in 1976, 1982-83, 1986, 2001 and 2013.
Rocky Mountain won the national title in men's basketball, NAIA Division I, in 2009.
Montana State-Northern won the national title in women's basketball, NAIA Division II, in 1993.
Carroll reached the semi-finals in men's basketball in 2005, as did Lewis-Clark State in women's basketball in 2001.
Carroll has won the NAIA national championship six times: four straight, from 2002-05, also in 2007 and 2010, and has been runner-up twice.
Montana Tech was the national runner-up in 1996.
Montana State-Northern has won six wrestling titles: 1991, 1992, 1998-2000, 2004, and was runner-up in 1990,1993, and 2002.
Montana-Western was co-champion in 1994.