Midwest Collegiate Conference

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Midwest Collegiate Conference
Midwest Collegiate Conference logo
Established 1988
Dissolved 2015
Association NAIA
Members 7 (final), 12 (total)
Sports fielded 15 (men's: 7; women's: 8)
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) was a college athletic conference, consisting of colleges and universities located in Iowa and Wisconsin. Founded in 1988, the conference's member schools competed on the NAIA level in 15 different sports.


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.

Midwest Classic Conference logo

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] On February 5, 2015, AIB College of Business announced they would end their athletic programs as the school prepared to be coming a part of the University of Iowa.[4]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The following schools were the final members of the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined Current Conference
AIB College of Business Des Moines, Iowa 1921 1,000 Eagles 2010 dropped athletics
Clarke University Dubuque, Iowa 1843 1,230 Crusaders 1988;
Grand View University Des Moines, Iowa 1896 1,750 Vikings 1989 Heart of America
Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1928 1,490 Mustangs 1988 independent
St. Ambrose University Davenport, Iowa 1882 3,623 Fighting Bees
Queen Bees
1990 Chicagoland
Viterbo University La Crosse, Wisconsin 1923 2,991 V-Hawks 1988 North Star
William Penn University Oskaloosa, Iowa 1873 1,550 Statesmen
Lady Statesmen
2001 Heart of America

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Ashford University Clinton, Iowa 1918 Saints 1988 2012 Independent
Edgewood College Madison, Wisconsin 1927 Eagles 1988 1989 Northern
Iowa Wesleyan College Mount Pleasant, Iowa 1842 Tigers 1995 2012 St. Louis
Marycrest International University Davenport, Iowa 1939 Eagles 1988 2002 Closed in 2002
Waldorf College Forest City, Iowa 1903 Warriors 2003 2012 North Star

Membership timeline[edit]

 Full member (non-football) 


The Midwest Collegiate Conference oversees the following sports:

Conference sports
Sport Men's Women's
Baseball Green tickY
Basketball Green tickY Green tickY
Cross Country Green tickY Green tickY
Golf Green tickY Green tickY
Soccer Green tickY Green tickY
Softball Green tickY
Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
Volleyball Green tickY

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


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