List of NCAA conferences

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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. Unless otherwise noted, changes in conference affiliation will occur on July 1 of the given year.

Division I[edit]

Football Bowl Subdivision[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
American Athletic Conference The American 1979
[FBS 1]
[FBS 2]
22 Providence,
Rhode Island
American Athletic Conference Map.png
Atlantic Coast Conference ACC 1953 15
[FBS 3]
27 Greensboro,
North Carolina
ACC overview map 2012-13a.png
Big Ten Conference Big Ten
1896 14 28 Rosemont,
Big 10 Map.svg
Big 12 Conference Big 12 1996 10 23 Irving,
Big 12 Conference Map.svg
Conference USA C-USA 1995 14
[FBS 4]
19 Irving,
Division I
FBS Independents
Ind. 4
[FBS 5]
1 None NCAA Division I FBS independent schools map.svg
Mid-American Conference MAC 1946 12 23 Cleveland,
Mac States.svg
Mountain West Conference MW
1999 11
[FBS 6]
18 Colorado Springs,
Mountain West for 2012-13.png
Pac-12 Conference Pac-12 1959
[FBS 7]
12 23[FBS 8] Walnut Creek,
Pac-12 Conference states.svg
Southeastern Conference SEC 1932 14 21 Birmingham,
Sun Belt Conference Sun Belt 1976 12
[FBS 9]
18 New Orleans,
Sun Belt Map 2014.png
  1. ^ Known as Big East Conference prior to 2013.
  2. ^ 11 members (12 football) with Navy as a football-only affiliate
  3. ^ 15 members (14 football)
  4. ^ 14 members (13 football)
    • 14 football members in 2017 with return of UAB football (which dropped the sport after the 2014 season)
  5. ^ 6 independents in 2018 with addition of Liberty and New Mexico State football
  6. ^ 11 members (12 football) with Hawaii as a football-only affiliate
  7. ^ Pacific Coast Conference chartered in 1915; current charter formed 1959 by five former PCC members, with three others joining by 1964
  8. ^ 24 sports in 2017 with addition of women's lacrosse
  9. ^ 11 full members; 11 football-playing schools with Idaho and New Mexico State as football-only affiliates
    • 12 football members in 2017 with addition of Coastal Carolina football
    • 10 football members in 2018 with the loss of Idaho and New Mexico State football

Football Championship Subdivision[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Full Members Sports Headquarters Map
Big Sky Conference Big Sky
1963 12
[FCS 1]
16 Ogden, Utah Big Sky Map.svg
Big South Conference Big South 1983 10
[FCS 2]
19 Charlotte, North Carolina BigSouthMap.PNG
Colonial Athletic Association CAA 1983 10
[FCS 3]
21 Richmond, Virginia Colonial Athletic Association Map.svg
Division I FCS Independents 1
[FCS 4]
1 Division I FCS independents map.svg
Ivy League Ivy League 1954
[FCS 5]
8 33 Princeton, New Jersey Ivy League map.png
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference MEAC 1970 13
[FCS 6]
15 Norfolk, Virginia MEACstates.png
Missouri Valley Football Conference MVFC 1985
[FCS 7]
[FCS 8]
1 St. Louis, Missouri Missouri Valley Football Conference map.png
Northeast Conference NEC 1981 10
[FCS 9]
23 Somerset, New Jersey MapNEC (Football).PNG
Ohio Valley Conference OVC 1948 12
[FCS 10]
17 Brentwood, Tennessee Ohio Valley Conference map.png
Patriot League Patriot 1986 10
[FCS 11]
24 Center Valley, Pennsylvania Patriot League Map.svg
Pioneer Football League PFL 1991 11
[FCS 12]
1 St. Louis, Missouri Pioneer Football League map.png
Southern Conference SoCon 1921 10
[FCS 13]
21 Spartanburg, South Carolina SOCONstates.PNG
Southland Conference Southland 1963 13
[FCS 14]
17 Frisco, Texas Southland Conference Map.svg
Southwestern Athletic Conference SWAC 1920 10 18 Birmingham, Alabama SWACstates.PNG
  1. ^ 12 full members, with Idaho as a non-football member; 13 football members with Cal Poly and UC Davis as football-only affiliates
    • 11 full members, 14 football members in 2018 with loss of North Dakota in non-football sports and addition of Idaho football
    • 13 football members in 2020 with loss of North Dakota football
  2. ^ 10 full members, 6 football members with Kennesaw State and Monmouth as football-only affiliates (one full member, Campbell, plays football outside the Big South in the Pioneer Football League)
    • 6 football members in 2018 with addition of Campbell football and loss of Liberty football
    • 7 football members in 2019 with addition of North Alabama
  3. ^ 10 full members and 12 football members
  4. ^ No independents in 2017 when Coastal Carolina football joins the Sun Belt Conference in FBS
    • 1 independent in 2018 during North Alabama's transition from Division II to FCS
    • No independents in 2019 with North Alabama joining Big South football
  5. ^ While the Ivy League considers its athletic conference to have been established in 1954, the history of the athletic league can be traced back decades earlier:
    • In 1901, the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League (EIBL) was formed by five schools that would later become part of the current Ivy League; the EIBL membership eventually became identical to that of the future all-sports league. The EIBL was directly absorbed into the all-sports Ivy League, which considers the EIBL to be part of its history.
    • In 1945, the Ivy Group Agreement, which governed competition and policies among the Ivy schools in football, was signed by all eight schools that eventually formed the all-sports league.
    • The official formation of the athletic Ivy League came in 1954, when the Ivy Group Agreement was extended to cover all sports.
    For more details, see the section on the history of the athletic Ivy League.
  6. ^ 13 full members, 11 football members
  7. ^ While the MVFC began football competition in 1985, the conference charter dates to 1982. See History of the Missouri Valley Football Conference for more details.
  8. ^ 11 members in 2020 with addition of North Dakota
  9. ^ 10 full members, 7 football members
  10. ^ 12 full members, 9 football members (one full member, Morehead State, plays football outside the OVC in the Pioneer Football League)
  11. ^ 10 full members and 7 football members
  12. ^ 10 members in 2018 with loss of Campbell
  13. ^ 10 full members, 9 football members
  14. ^ 13 full members, 11 football members

Non-football, multi-sport conferences[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
America East Conference America East 1979 9 18[NF 1] Boston, Massachusetts AmEastMap.png
Atlantic Sun Conference ASUN 1978 8 [NF 2] 19 Macon, Georgia ASUN Map.svg
Atlantic 10 Conference A-10 1975 14 21 Newport News, Virginia Atlantic 10 Conference map.svg
Big East Conference Big East 2013
[NF 3]
10 22 New York, New York New Big East-USA-states.png
Big West Conference Big West
1969 9 17 [NF 4] Irvine, California Big West-USA-states.png
Coastal Collegiate Sports Association CCSA 2008 23 [NF 5] 3 Macon, Georgia Coastal Collegiate Sports Association map.png
Horizon League Horizon 1979 10 19 Indianapolis, Indiana Horizon League map 2015.png
Division I Independents 0
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference MAAC 1980 11 24 Edison, New Jersey Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.svg
Missouri Valley Conference MVC
The Valley
1907 10 18 St. Louis, Missouri Missouri Valley Conference map.svg
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation MPSF 1992 38[NF 6] 10 Woodland, California Mountain Pacific Sports Federation map.svg
The Summit League The Summit 1982 9 [NF 7] 19 Elmhurst, Illinois The Summit League map.svg
West Coast Conference WCC 1952 10 14 San Bruno, California WCC West Coast Conference Map.PNG
Western Athletic Conference WAC 1962 8 [NF 8] 19[1] Englewood, Colorado Map - Western Athletic Conference.svg
  1. ^ 19 sports in 2017 with addition of men's swimming & diving
  2. ^ 9 members in 2018 with addition of North Alabama
  3. ^ Although the charter of the current Big East dates only to the 2013 split of the original Big East, both the current Big East and the American Athletic Conference claim 1979 as their founding dates. The current Big East maintains the pre-split history of the original conference in all sports that it sponsors. In football and rowing, the two sports that are sponsored by The American but not the current Big East, neither conference recognizes the history of the original Big East.
  4. ^ 18 sports in 2017 with addition of men's volleyball.
  5. ^ Sponsors only men's and women's swimming & diving, plus beach volleyball.
    • 23 total members (10 beach volleyball, 8 men's swimming & diving, 10 women's swimming & diving)
    • 21 total members (10 beach volleyball, 6 men's swimming & diving, 9 women's swimming & diving) in 2017 with loss of UMBC men's swimming & diving and VMI men's and women's swimming & diving
  6. ^ 39 members in 2017 with loss of UC San Diego and addition of Concordia–Irvine and Grand Canyon in men's volleyball.
  7. ^ 10 members in 2018 with addition of North Dakota
  8. ^ 9 members in 2018 with addition of California Baptist

Ice hockey conferences[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members (Men/Women) Headquarters Map
Atlantic Hockey Atlantic Hockey 1997 11 (11/none) Haverhill, Massachusetts Map - College Hockey - Atlantic Hockey states.svg
College Hockey America CHA 1999 [IH 1] 6 (none/6) Haverhill, Massachusetts 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 12 (12/9)[IH 2] Wakefield, Massachusetts Map - College Hockey - Hockey East states.svg
Independents 2 (1/1) Map - College Hockey - Independents states.svg
National Collegiate Hockey Conference NCHC 2011 [IH 3] 8 (8/none) Colorado Springs, Colorado NCHC states.svg
Western Collegiate Hockey Association WCHA 1951 16 (10/8) Denver, Colorado Map - College Hockey - WCHA states.svg
  1. ^ College Hockey America was formed in 1999 as a men's-only conference; women's play began in 2002. The men's side of CHA folded after the 2009–10 season.
  2. ^ 11 total members, 11 men's members in 2017 with departure of Notre Dame for hockey-only Big Ten membership; women's membership will not change.
  3. ^ Although founded in 2011, the NCHC did not begin play until 2013.

Other single-sport conferences[edit]

This list includes conferences in sports that the NCAA does not fully split into divisions, such as men's volleyball and rifle. Note also that sports in which the NCAA sponsors separate championships for men and women are officially treated by the NCAA as two separate sports.

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
Central Collegiate Ski Association CCSA 2009 9 1 (skiing)  ?
Collegiate Water Polo Association CWPA 1970s 27 [SS 1][SS 2] 1 (water polo) Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
East Atlantic Gymnastics League EAGL 1995 7 1 (gymnastics)  ?
Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges EARC  ? 18 1 (rowing) Danbury, Connecticut Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges map.png
Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges EAWRC  ? 18 1 (rowing) Danbury, Connecticut Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges map.png
Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League EIGL  ? 5 1 (gymnastics) Danbury, Connecticut
Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association EISA  ? 15 1 (skiing)  ?
Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association EIVA 1977 8 1 (men's volleyball) Bronxville, New York
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association EIWA 1905 16 1 (wrestling)  ?
Eastern Women's Fencing Conference EWFC 2000 7 1 (fencing)  ? EWFC map.svg
Eastern Wrestling League EWL 1976 7 1 (wrestling)  ?
Golden Coast Conference GCC 2013 [SS 3] 6 (men)
8 (women) [SS 4]
1 (water polo)  ? CCAAstates.png
Great America Rifle Conference GARC 1998 9 1 (rifle)  ?
Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California IFCSC 1996? 2 [SS 5] 1 (fencing)  ? IFCSC map.svg
Metropolitan Swimming Conference METS  ? 18 (men)
19 (women)
1 (swimming)  ? MetroSwimstates.png
Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association MACFA 1952 8 [SS 6] 1 (fencing) Hackettstown, New Jersey MACFA map.svg
Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference MAC 1978 7 [SS 7] 1 (rifle)  ?
Midwest Fencing Conference MFC 1968 6 [SS 8] 1 (fencing) University of Notre Dame (?) MFC map.svg
Midwest Independent Conference MIC  ? 6 1 (women's gymnastics) UIC (?)
Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association MIVA 1961 9[SS 9] 1 (men's volleyball) Columbus, Ohio
Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference MRGC 2013 4 1 (women's gymnastics)
National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association NIWFA 1929 10 [SS 10] 1 (fencing)  ? NIWFA map.svg
New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference NEIFC  ? 8 [SS 11] 1 (fencing)  ? NEIFC map.svg
Northeast Fencing Conference NFC 1992 8 [SS 12] 1 (fencing)  ? NFC map.svg
Patriot Rifle Conference PRC 2013 6 1 (rifle) Colorado Springs, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association RMISA 1950 8 1 (skiing)  ?
Southland Bowling League SBL 2015[SS 13] 8 1 (bowling) Frisco, Texas
Western Water Polo Association WWPA 1981 8 (men)
6 (women) [SS 14]
1 (water polo)  ?
  1. ^ 9 schools have both men's & women's varsity teams, 9 have men's varsity teams only, 9 have women's varsity teams only; additionally, there are 136 men's and 86 women's club teams.
  2. ^ 28 total varsity members, and 10 members with men's varsity teams only, in 2017 with addition of McKendree.
  3. ^ Founded in 2013 as a women's-only conference; men's play added in 2016.
  4. ^ 8 women's members in 2017 with addition of Fresno State; and loss of Fresno Pacific. Men's membership will not change.
  5. ^ There are 2 varsity members; the conference also has 7 college club members.
  6. ^ There are 8 varsity members; the conference also has 7 college club members.
  7. ^ There are 7 varsity members; the conference also has 6 college club members.
  8. ^ There are 6 varsity members; the conference also has 13 college club members.
  9. ^ 8 members in 2017 with loss of Grand Canyon.
  10. ^ There are 10 varsity members; the conference also has 10 college club members.
  11. ^ There are 8 varsity members; the conference also has 13 college club members.
  12. ^ There are 8 varsity members; the conference also has 5 college club members.
  13. ^ The SBL was established during the 2014–15 school year with competition starting immediately. While the Southland Conference provides administrative support, the SBL operates separately.[2]
  14. ^ 8 women's members in 2017 with addition of Fresno Pacific and McKendree. Men's membership will not change.

Division II[edit]

Current conferences[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members D-II
Headquarters Map
California Collegiate Athletic Association CCAA 1938 13 12 Walnut Creek, California CCAAstates.png
Carolinas, ConferenceConference Carolinas CC 1930 12 [D2 1] 19 Thomasville, North Carolina CVACstates.PNG
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference CACC 1961 14 15 [D2 2] New Haven, Connecticut CACCstates.PNG
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association CIAA 1912 12 15 Hampton, Virginia Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, coverage map.png
East Coast Conference ECC 1989 10 17 Central Islip, New York ECCMap.png
Great American Conference GAC 2011 12 16 Russellville, Arkansas GACstates.png
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference GLIAC 1972 15 [D2 3] 22 [D2 4] Bay City, Michigan GLIACstates.png
Great Lakes Valley Conference GLVC 1978 16 21 Indianapolis, Indiana GLVCstates.png
Great Midwest Athletic Conference G-MAC 2011 8 [D2 5] 20 Greenwood, Indiana Great midwest athletic conference map2.png
Great Northwest Athletic Conference GNAC 2001 11 16 Portland, Oregon Gnac-States.PNG
Gulf South Conference GSC 1970 12 [D2 6] 17 Birmingham, Alabama Gulf South Conference map.png
Heartland Conference Heartland 1999 10 [D2 7] 13 Waco, Texas Heartlandstates.png
Division II Independents 4 [D2 8] DII-indiesstates.png
Lone Star Conference LSC 1931 11 17 Richardson, Texas LSCstates.png
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association MIAA 1912 14 19 Kansas City, Missouri MIAAstates.svg
Mountain East Conference MEC 2012 12 17 Bridgeport, West Virginia MECstates.png
Northeast-10 Conference NE-10 1980 15 23 Mansfield, Massachusetts Northeast10-USA-states.png
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference NSIC 1932 16 18 St. Paul, Minnesota NSICstates.svg
Pacific West Conference PacWest 1992 14 [D2 9] 15 Newport Beach, California PWCstates.png
Peach Belt Conference PBC 1990 14 [D2 10] 15 Augusta, Georgia Peachbeltstates.png
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference PSAC 1951 18 23 Lock Haven, Pennsylvania PSACstates.png
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference RMAC 1909 15 [D2 11] 23 Colorado Springs, Colorado RMACstates.svg
South Atlantic Conference SAC 1975 12 [D2 12] 18 [D2 13] Rock Hill, South Carolina SAC-USA-states.png
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SIAC 1913 14 13 Tucker, Georgia SIACstates.png
Sunshine State Conference SSC 1975 11 18 [D2 14] Melbourne, Florida Sunshineconferencestates.png
  1. ^ CC — 11 members in 2017 with loss of Pfeiffer.
  2. ^ CACC — 16 sports in 2017 with addition of lacrosse (M).
  3. ^ GLIAC — 12 members in 2017 with addition of Davenport and Purdue–Northwest; and loss of Findlay, Hillsdale, Lake Erie, Ohio Dominican, and Walsh.
  4. ^ GLIAC — 21 sports in 2017 with loss of wrestling.
  5. ^ G-MAC — 13 members in 2017 with addition of Findlay, Hillsdale, Lake Erie, Ohio Dominican, and Walsh.
  6. ^ GSC — 14 members in 2017 with addition of Auburn–Montgomery and Montevallo.
    13 members in 2018 with loss of North Alabama.
  7. ^ HC — 9 members in 2017 with loss of Oklahoma Panhandle State.
  8. ^ IND — 3 members in 2017 with loss of Auburn–Montgomery.
  9. ^ PWC — 14 members in 2017 with addition of Biola; and loss of Brigham Young–Hawai'i.
    12 members in 2018 with loss of California Baptist and Dixie State.
  10. ^ PBC — 12 members in 2017 with loss of Armstrong State and Montevallo.
  11. ^ RMAC — 16 members in 2018 with addition of Dixie State.
  12. ^ SAC — 11 members in 2017 with loss of Brevard.
  13. ^ SAC — 20 sports in 2017 with addition of track & field indoor (M), track & field indoor (W).
  14. ^ SSC — 20 sports in 2017 with addition of track & field outdoor (M), track & field outdoor (W).

Single-sport conferences[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sport Headquarters Map
Appalachian Swimming Conference[3] ASC  ? 9 (men)
9 (women)
swimming  ? ASCstates.png
Bluegrass Mountain Conference[4] BMC 2000 10 (men)
12 (women)
swimming Spartanburg, South Carolina BMC swim states.png
ECAC Division[5] II Field Hockey League] ECAC 2014 6 field hockey Danbury, Connecticut
ECAC Division II Wrestling League[6] ECAC 2015 7 wrestling Danbury, Connecticut
New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference NSISC 1995 6 (men)
6 (women)
swimming  ? NSISC swim states.png
Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference[7] PCSC 2003 4 (men)
8 (women) [SD2 1]
swimming  ? PacificCollegiateSwim.png
  1. ^ PCSC — 7 women's members in 2018 with loss of Dixie State.

Other sports[edit]

These conferences sponsor sports which do not have D-II championships.

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sport Headquarters Map
Carolinas, ConferenceConference Carolinas CC 1930 10 [OD2 1] men's volleyball Thomasville, North Carolina CVACstates.PNG
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association CIAA 1912 10 bowling Hampton, Virginia Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, coverage map.png
East Coast Conference ECC 1989 10 bowling Central Islip, New York ECCMap.png
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association MIAA 1912 7 bowling Kansas City, Missouri MIAAstates.svg
Northeast-10 Conference NE-10 1980 6 men's ice hockey South Easton, Massachusetts Northeast10-USA-states.png
  1. ^ CC — 9 members in 2017 with loss of Pfeiffer.

Division III[edit]

Current conferences[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference AMCC 1997 10 16 Gibsonia, Pennsylvania ALMCC-USA-states.png
American Southwest Conference ASC 1996 12 16 Richardson, Texas ASW-USA-states.png
Capital Athletic Conference CAC 1989 10 21 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 9 16 Flushing, Queens, New York CUNYAC-USA-states.png
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin CCIW 1946 9 23 Naperville, Illinois CCIW-USA-states.png
Colonial States Athletic Conference CSAC 1992 12 17 Aston, Pennsylvania PAC-USA-states.png
Commonwealth Coast Conference CCC 1984 10 16[D3 1] Springfield, Massachusetts Map of the USA with The Commonwealth Coast Conference region highlighted.png
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference ECFC 2009 8[D3 2] 1 Wilmington, Vermont Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Map.svg
Empire 8 E8 1964 12 22 Rochester, New York E8-USA-states.png
Great Northeast Athletic Conference GNAC 1995 12 17 Boston, Massachusetts GNEAC-USA-states.png
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference HCAC 1987 10 16 Greenwood, Indiana Heartland-USA-states.png
Division III Independents 1 (football)[D3 3]
13 (basketball)[D3 4]
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference IIAC 1922 9 22 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iowa-USA-states.png
Landmark Conference Landmark 2006 8 18 Madison, New Jersey Landmark-USA-states.png
Liberty League Liberty 1995 11 26 Canton, New York Liberty-USA-states.png
Little East Conference LEC 1986 8 19 North Dartmouth, Massachusetts LEC-USA-states.png
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference MASCAC 1971 8 16 Westfield, Massachusetts MASAC-USA-states.png
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association MIAA 1888 9 22 Freeland, Michigan MIAA-USA-states.png
Middle Atlantic Conferences MAC 1912 17[D3 5] 24[D3 6] 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
New England Collegiate Conference NECC 2008 10 16 Attleboro, Massachusetts NECC-USA.png
New England Football Conference[D3 7] NEFC 1965 8 1 Springfield, Massachusetts NEFC-USA-states.png
New England Small College Athletic Conference NESCAC 1971 11 26 Hadley, Massachusetts NESCAC-USA-states.png
New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference NEWMAC 1998 11 19[D3 8] Wellesley, Massachusetts NEWAMC-USA-states.png
New Jersey Athletic Conference NJAC 1985 10 18 Pitman, New Jersey NJAC-USA-states.png
North Atlantic Conference NAC 1996 10 15 Waterville, Maine NAC-USA-states.PNG
North Coast Athletic Conference NCAC 1983 10 23 Westlake, Ohio NCAC-USA-states.png
North Eastern Athletic Conference NEAC 2004 14 18 Gansevoort, New York NEAC-USA-states.png
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference NACC 2006 12 18 Waukesha, Wisconsin CCIW-USA-states.png
Northwest Conference NWC 1926 9 20 Seattle, Washington NWC-USA-states.png
Ohio Athletic Conference OAC 1902 10 23 Austintown, Ohio OAC-USA-states.png
Old Dominion Athletic Conference ODAC 1976 14 24 Forest, Virginia ODAC-USA-states.png
Presidents' Athletic Conference PAC 1955 10 19 Wexford, Pennsylvania Presidents Athletic Conference map.svg
Skyline Conference Skyline 1989 12 17 Lawrenceville, New Jersey SL-USA-states.png
Southern Athletic Association SAA 2012 8 21 Atlanta, Georgia Southern Athletic Association Map.svg
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SCIAC 1915 9 21 Los Angeles, California SCIAC-USA-states.png
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference SCAC 1962 8 19[D3 9] Lawrenceville, Georgia Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Map.svg
State University of New York Athletic Conference SUNYAC 1958 11 20 Fredonia, New York SL-USA-states.png
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SLIAC 1989 10 14 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 9 16 St. Paul, Minnesota Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Map.svg
USA South Athletic Conference USA South 1965 16[D3 10] 14 Fayetteville, North Carolina USASouth-USA-states.png
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference WIAC 1913 8 22 Madison, Wisconsin WIAC-USA-states.png
  1. ^ 17 sports in 2017 with addition of football
  2. ^ 8 members in 2017 with departure of Becker to CCC and Norwich to NEWMAC, and addition of Alfred State and Dean
  3. ^ No football independents in 2017 with Alfred State joining ECFC
  4. ^ 12 basketball independents in 2017 with Berea joining USA South
  5. ^ The MAC is actually an umbrella organization of three conferences. Nine schools are members of the Commonwealth Conference and eight are members of the Freedom Conference. Each league conducts competition in the same set of 15 sports. The third league, called the Middle Atlantic Conference, combines schools from the Commonwealth and Freedom Conferences for the following sports: men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's track & field (both indoor and outdoor), and men's and women's swimming & diving.
  6. ^ 27 sports in 2017 with addition of men's and women's ice hockey and men's volleyball. The new sports will all be contested in the Middle Atlantic Conference.
  7. ^ Will be absorbed by the CCC in 2017, becoming that conference's football league.
  8. ^ 20 sports in 2017 with addition of football
  9. ^ 18 sports in 2017 with dropping of football
  10. ^ 19 members in 2017 with addition of Berea, Brevard, and Pfeiffer

Single-sport conferences[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sport Headquarters Map
Colonial Hockey Conference CHC 2015 7 Women's ice hockey
Continental Volleyball Conference CVC 2011 8 [SSD3 1] Men's volleyball Madison, New Jersey
ECAC West ECAC-W 6 (men)
10 (women)
Ice hockey Danbury, Connecticut Map - College Hockey - D3 - ECAC West states.svg
Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League MCVL 2014 14 Men's volleyball Naperville, Illinois
Midwest Lacrosse Conference MLC 2009 8 Men's lacrosse Waukesha, Wisconsin
Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference MWLC 2010 10 Women's Lacrosse Waukesha, Wisconsin
New England Hockey Conference NEHC 2015 10 (men)
14 (women)
Ice hockey N/A Map - College Hockey - D3 - ECAC East states.svg
Northern Collegiate Hockey Association NCHA 1981 10 (men)
7 (women)
Ice hockey Waukesha, Wisconsin Map - College Hockey - D3 - NCHA states.svg
Ohio River Lacrosse Conference ORLC 2014 7 (men)
10 (women)
Lacrosse Greenwood, Indiana
United Volleyball Conference UVC 2010 9 Men's volleyball Rochester, New York
  1. ^ 10 members in 2017 with addition of Kean, Neumann, Ramapo, and Southern Virginia, plus loss of Alvernia and Stevenson
    • 9 members in 2018 with loss of Thiel

Defunct NCAA conferences[edit]

Conference Division Founded Folded Fate
America Sky Conference Division I 2007 2014 Men's golf conference absorbed by the Big Sky Conference.[8]
American Lacrosse Conference Division I 2001 2014 Women's lacrosse conference that folded after the 2014 season due to fallout of the early-2010s conference realignment, specifically the 2013 announcement by the Big Ten that it would add men's and women's lacrosse for the 2014–15 school year (2015 season). Four of the seven final ALC members are full Big Ten members. Johns Hopkins went independent before joining Big Ten women's lacrosse in the 2017 season. The other two members became Big East affiliates.
American South Conference Division I 1987 1991 Merged with the Sun Belt Conference. The new conference used the Sun Belt name.[9]
Atlantic Central Football Conference Division III 1997 2010 Disbanded
Atlantic Soccer Conference Division I 2000 2012 Disbanded
Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference Division III 1995 2007 Disbanded
Big Central Soccer Conference Division I 1987 1991 Men's soccer-only conference disbanded after the all-sports conferences of all but two of its members began sponsoring the sport.
Big Eight Conference Division I 1907 1996 Initially formed in January 1907 as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, before six schools split away to form the Big Six in 1928. Disbanded to join 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 statuses.
Central Collegiate Hockey Association Division I 1971 2013 The decision of the Big Ten Conference to add men's ice hockey as a sponsored sport in the 2013–14 season, taking three of the most successful members of the then-11-member league, led to a major conference realignment that ultimately consumed the CCHA. Two members joined the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference, one member joined Hockey East, and the remaining five members joined or rejoined the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Continental Divide Conference Division II  ??? 1992 Women's-only conference that merged with the men's-only Great Northwest Conference (not to be confused with the current Great Northwest Athletic Conference) to form the Pacific West Conference.
Deep South Conference Division II 1994 2013 Men's lacrosse conference disbanded when the South Atlantic Conference and Sunshine State Conference, home to all nine of the final conference members, began sponsoring the sport.
Dixie Conference * 1930 1942 Disbanded after most of its members suspended athletics during World War II.
Dixie Conference * 1948 1954 Disbanded
East Coast Conference Division I 1958 1994 Absorbed by Mid-Continent Conference
Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League * 1901 1955 Basketball-only conference absorbed by the Ivy League, which claims the EIBL as part of its own history.
ECAC Lacrosse League Division I 1999 2014 Men's lacrosse conference that disbanded after the 2014 season. The conference lost many members after the 2010 season when the original Big East launched a men's lacrosse league, and lost still more members with the Big Ten announcement. At the end of the final ECAC Lacrosse season, only one member had not announced a new lacrosse affiliation for the 2014–15 school year.
ECAC Division II Lacrosse League Division II 2012 2016 Disbanded. Six members began play in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference leaving three members to become independents.
Freedom Football Conference Division III 1992 2003 Disbanded
Great Lakes Football Conference Division II 2006 2012 Football-only conference, effectively absorbed by the Great Lakes Valley Conference
Great Midwest Conference Division I 1991 1995 Merged with Metro Conference to form Conference USA
Great Northwest Conference Division II  ??? 1992 The second part of the merger that created the current Pacific West Conference.
Great South Athletic Conference Division III 1999 2016 Disbanded
Great West Conference Division I 2004 2013 Disbanded after all but one of its members joined more established conferences during the early-2010s conference realignment. The men's golf history and Internet presence of the Great West were maintained by the America Sky Conference (above) before the latter conference's absorption by the Big Sky.
Great West Hockey Conference Division I 1985 1988 Ice hockey-only conference formed by four Western schools, but had one of its members drop hockey after its first season. After failing to attract additional members in 1988, the league folded when one of the remaining members shut down its entire athletic program.
Great Western Lacrosse League Division I 1993 2010 Members joined the ECAC Lacrosse League (see above).
Gulf Coast Conference College Division 1949 1957 Disbanded
Gulf Star Conference Division I 1984 1987 Effectively absorbed by the Southland Conference.
High Country Athletic Conference Division I 1983 1990 Women's-only conference absorbed by the Western Athletic Conference.
Indiana Collegiate Conference Division II 1950 1978 Disbanded
Indiana Intercollegiate Conference Division II 1922 1950 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
Metropolitan Collegiate Conference University Division 1965 1969 Disbanded
Metropolitan New York Conference University Division 1933 1963 Disbanded
Mid-Continent Athletic Association Division II, later Division I 1978 1981 Football-only conference absorbed by the Association of Mid-Continent Universities in 1982. Effectively one of the precursors to the current Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Division III 1998 2013 Absorbed by the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
Midwestern Conference University Division 1970 1972 The five member schools were unable to find the 6th member required for NCAA recognition.
Mountain States Conference (aka Skyline Conference) University Division 1938 1962 Disbanded, members split between the newly formed WAC and Independent statuses.
Mountain West Athletic Conference Division I 1982 1988 Women's-only conference (not to be confused with the modern Mountain West Conference) absorbed by the Big Sky Conference.
National Lacrosse Conference Division I 2008 2012 Disbanded after the Atlantic Sun Conference and Big South Conference began sponsoring women's lacrosse.
New England Conference * 1938 1947 Disbanded; the final four members joined two other schools to form the Yankee Conference under a new charter. Effectively the earliest ancestor of today's Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) football conference.
New England Football Conference Division III 1965 2017 Football-only conference; will be absorbed by the Commonwealth Coast Conference effective with the 2017 season, becoming the latter conference's football league. Although bearing the CCC name, the football league will technically remain separate from the all-sports conference.[10]
New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance Division III 1998 2012 Disbanded
New South Women's Athletic Conference Division I 1985 1991 Women's-only conference initially known as the New South Conference; absorbed by the Trans America Athletic Conference, now known as the Atlantic Sun Conference.
North Central Conference Division II 1922 2008 Disbanded
North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Division III 1995 2011 Men's volleyball conference disbanded in 2011 due to the 2012 establishment of the NCAA Men's Division III Volleyball Championship. Most of the all-sports conferences that were home to NECVA members began sponsoring men's volleyball at that time.
North Star Conference Division I 1983 1992 Women's-only conference effectively absorbed by the Mid-Continent Conference (now The Summit League).
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 1969 2007 Merged with the Lake Michigan Conference to form the Northern Athletics Conference
Northern Pacific Conference Division I 1982 1986 Women's-only conference. Disbanded when the Pac-10, home to five of the seven final conference members, began sponsoring women's sports.
Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference Division I 1982 2015 Field hockey-only conference that folded after the 2014 season. After a period in which the conference expanded to span both coasts, most of the eastern teams left over time. Four of the six final members, all from California (and also the league's founding members), became America East affiliates. The remaining two members became independents; one is now a field hockey member of the Big East, and the other will become a MAC field hockey member in 2017.
Northern Sun Conference Division II 1979 1992 Women's-only conference that merged with the men's Northern Intercollegiate Conference, forming the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Pacific Coast Conference Division I 1915 1959 Forerunner to the Pac-12, disbanded due to scandal and infighting
Pacific Coast Softball Conference Division I 2002 2013 Softball-only; disbanded due to fallout from the early-2010s conference realignment. After the 2012 season, it lost five members when the Big Sky added the sport and a sixth to the WAC. After the 2013 season, the final seven members left when the West Coast Conference began sponsoring the sport (five were already WCC members, and the other two joined the WAC in softball).
Pilgrim Lacrosse League Division III 1986 2013 Absorbed by the NEWMAC
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association * 1894 1941 Disbanded with the onset of American involvement in World War II.
Southwest Conference Division I 1914 1996 Disbanded, members split into the Big 12, WAC, and C-USA
United Soccer Conference Division I 2005 2009 Women's soccer-only, absorbed by Great West Conference
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Division II 1924 2013 Disbanded after the conference's football schools announced a split from the non-football schools. Ultimately, nine of the final schools became charter members of the Mountain East Conference, three joined the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, two joined the PSAC, and one went independent.
Western Collegiate Athletic Association Division I 1981 1986 Women's-only conference; known in its final season of 1985–86 as the Pacific West Conference (not to be confused with the current NCAA Division II conference). Disbanded when the Pac-10, home to the final five conference members, began sponsoring women's sports.
Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division II 2010 2015 Lacrosse-only conference absorbed by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference; all final teams are members of the RMAC, including one affiliate. The RMAC had absorbed the women's side of the WILA in 2013; five of the members were RMAC members including one affiliate, one additional women's member became an independent.
Western Wrestling Conference Division I 2006 2015 Wrestling-only conference effectively absorbed by the Big 12 Conference, with all of its final members becoming single-sport Big 12 associates.
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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