In the fall of 2009, UAFS formally entered provisional NCAA Division II status. The “provisional” status was scheduled to be removed in 2010. However, on July 9, 2010, the University's membership application was rejected by the NCAA Division II Membership Committee, which led to the University filing an appeal. On July 8, 2011, the University was granted full NCAA Division II membership. Previously, the University competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), specifically at the Bi-State Conference of Region II.