Midwest Collegiate Conference

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Midwest Collegiate Conference
Midwest Collegiate Conference logo
Established 1988
Association NAIA
Members 7
Sports fielded 17 (men's: 8; women's: 9)
Region Midwestern United States
Region VII
Former names Midwest Catholic Conference (1988–1989)
Midwest Classic Conference (1989–2007)
Website midwestcollegiateconference.com
Midwest Collegiate Conference locations

The Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) is a college athletic conference, consisting of seven colleges and universities located in Iowa and Wisconsin. Founded in 1988, the conference's member schools compete on the NAIA level in 17 different sports.

Members Ashford University and Waldorf College were voted out of the conference on May 17, 2011, effective at the end of the 2011-12 season.[1] On October 14, 2011, Iowa Wesleyan College announced they would join National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III.[2] On January 10, 2014, Grand View University and William Penn University announced they would join the Heart of America Athletic Conference after the 2014-15 season.[3]

Member schools[edit]

Midwest Classic Conference logo

Current members[edit]

The following teams are currently members of the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined
AIB College of Business Des Moines, Iowa Eagles 1921 Private 1,000 2010
Clarke University Dubuque, Iowa Crusaders 1843 Private/Roman Catholic 1,230 19881
Grand View University2 Des Moines, Iowa Vikings 1896 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 1,750 1989
Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, Iowa Mustangs 1928 Private/Roman Catholic 1,490 1988
Saint Ambrose University Davenport, Iowa Fighting Bees (men's)
Queen Bees (women's)
1882 Private/Roman Catholic 3,623 1990
Viterbo University La Crosse, Wisconsin V-Hawks 1923 Private/Roman Catholic 2,991 1988
William Penn University2 Oskaloosa, Iowa Statesmen (men's)
Lady Statesmen (women's)
1873 Private/Quaker 1,550 2001


  1. - Clarke University left the conference after the 1995-96 season, but re-joined in the 2007-08 season.
  2. - Grand View University and William Penn University will leave for the Heart of America Athletic Conference in 2015.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Ashford University Clinton, Iowa Saints 1918 Private 500 1988 2012 Independent
Edgewood College Madison, Wisconsin Eagles 1927 Private/Catholic 2,000 1988 1989 NACC
(NCAA Division III)
Iowa Wesleyan College Mount Pleasant, Iowa Tigers 1842 Private/United Methodist 975 1995 2012 SLIAC
(NCAA Division III)
Marycrest International University Davenport, Iowa Eagles 1939 Private/Teikyo Yamanshi Education N/A 1988 2002 The college closed its doors at the end of the 2001-2002 school year.
Waldorf College Forest City, Iowa Warriors 1903 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 650 2003 2012 MCAC

Membership timeline[edit]

AIB College of Business Waldorf College William Penn University Iowa Wesleyan College St. Ambrose University Grand View University Viterbo University Mount Mercy University Marycrest International University Edgewood College Clarke University Ashford University


The Midwest Collegiate Conference oversees the following sports:

Member schools also participate in a number of sports not affiliated with the MCC, including competitive dance, football, tennis, men's volleyball, and wrestling. Several football teams from Midwest Collegiate Conference schools compete in the Mid-States Football Association.


When the Midwest Collegiate Conference was originally formed in 1988, it consisted of six Roman Catholic colleges and universities situated across the Midwestern United States. Dubbed the Midwest Catholic Conference, member schools originally competed in only men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, and men's soccer.

The charter members of the conference were Clarke University, Edgewood College, Marycrest University, Mount Mercy University, Mount St. Clare College, and Viterbo College. Edgewood College left the conference before the start of the 1989–90 season. With the inclusion of Grand View College that year, the conference changed its name to the Midwest Classic Conference.

Saint Ambrose University's basketball teams joined the conference for the 1990 season, and the school's other sports joined the MCC in 1991. Iowa Wesleyan College joined the conference for the 1995-1996 season. The following year, Clarke University left the MCC to participate in NCAA Division III athletics. William Penn University became a member of the Conference in 2001. Marycrest International University ceased operations after the 2001–02 season. Waldorf College joined the conference for the 2003-2004 season, completing the current nine school lineup. Clarke University returned to the conference in 2007, and the conference has officially taken the name of the Midwest Collegiate Conference.


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