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.

NCAA Division I[edit]

Football Bowl Subdivision[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
American Athletic Conference The American 2013[a] 12[b] 22 Providence,
Rhode Island
American Athletic Conference map.svg
Atlantic Coast Conference ACC 1953 15[c] 27[d] 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 19 Irving,
Division I
FBS Independents
Ind. 6[e] 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[f] 18 Colorado Springs,
Mountain West for 2012-13.png
Pac-12 Conference Pac-12 1959[g] 12 24[h] San Francisco,
Pac-12 Conference states.svg
Southeastern Conference SEC 1932 14 21 Birmingham,
Sun Belt Conference Sun Belt 1976 12[i] 18 New Orleans,
Sun Belt states map updated 2016.svg
  1. ^ Known as Big East Conference prior to 2013.
  2. ^ 12 full members with Wichita State as a non-football member; 12 football members with Navy as a football-only affiliate
    • 11 full members and 11 football members in 2020 with loss of UConn
  3. ^ 15 members (14 football)
  4. ^ 26 sports by NCAA count. The ACC sponsors separate championships for men's and women's fencing, which the NCAA considers to be a single sport.
  5. ^ 7 independents in 2020 with addition of UConn
  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. ^ 23 NCAA-sanctioned sports plus men's rowing; the NCAA governs women's rowing but not men's.
  9. ^ 12 full members with Little Rock and Texas–Arlington as non-football members

Football Championship Subdivision[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Full Members Sports Headquarters Map
Big Sky Conference Big Sky
1963 11[a] 16 Ogden, Utah Big Sky Map.svg
Big South Conference Big South 1983 11[b] 19 Charlotte, North Carolina BigSouthMap.PNG
Colonial Athletic Association CAA 1983 10[c] 21 Richmond, Virginia Colonial Athletic Association Map.svg
Division I FCS Independents 1[d] 1
Ivy League Ivy League 1954[e] 8 32[f] Princeton, New Jersey Ivy League map.png
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference MEAC 1970 11[g] 15 Norfolk, Virginia MEACstates.png
Missouri Valley Football Conference MVFC 1985[h] 10[i] 1 St. Louis, Missouri Missouri Valley Football Conference map.png
Northeast Conference NEC 1981 11[j] 23 Somerset, New Jersey MapNEC (Football).PNG
Ohio Valley Conference OVC 1948 12[k] 19 Brentwood, Tennessee Ohio Valley Conference map.png
Patriot League Patriot 1986 10[l] 24 Center Valley, Pennsylvania Patriot League Map.svg
Pioneer Football League PFL 1991 10[m] 1 St. Louis, Missouri Pioneer Football League map.png
Southern Conference SoCon 1921 10[n] 21 Spartanburg, South Carolina SOCONstates.PNG
Southland Conference Southland 1963 13[o] 18 Frisco, Texas Southland Conference Map.svg
Southwestern Athletic Conference SWAC 1920 10 18 Birmingham, Alabama SWACstates.PNG
  1. ^ 11 full members and 13 football members
  2. ^ 11 full members and 8 football members
    • 11 full members, 7 football members in 2020 with Presbyterian football leaving for independent status and eventually the Pioneer League
  3. ^ 10 full members and 12 football members
  4. ^ 3 independents in 2020 with North Dakota joining the MVFC, Dixie State and Tarleton State moving from Division II, and Presbyterian transitioning to non-scholarship football.
    • 2 independents in 2021 with Presbyterian football joining the Pioneer League
  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. ^ The Ivy League, by NCAA count, sponsors 28 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The Ivy League awards separate men's and women's fencing championships, while the NCAA considers fencing a single coeducational sport. Additionally, the Ivy League sponsors championships in the non-NCAA sports of men's rowing plus men's and women's squash.
  7. ^ 11 full members, 9 football members
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 11 members in 2020 with addition of North Dakota
  10. ^ 11 full members, 9 football members
  11. ^ 12 full members, 9 football members (one full member, Morehead State, plays football outside the OVC in the Pioneer Football League)
  12. ^ 10 full members and 7 football members
  13. ^ 9 members in 2020 with Jacksonville dropping football
    • 10 members in 2021 with addition of Presbyterian
  14. ^ 10 full members, 9 football members
  15. ^ 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 19 Boston, Massachusetts AmEastMap.png
Atlantic Sun Conference ASUN 1978 9[a] 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 1979[b] 10[c] 22 New York City, New York New Big East-USA-states.png
Big West Conference Big West
1969 9[d] 18 Irvine, California Big West-USA-states.png
Coastal Collegiate Sports Association CCSA 2008 24[e][f] 3[g] Macon, Georgia Coastal Collegiate Sports Association map.png
Horizon League Horizon 1979 10[h] 19 Indianapolis, Indiana Horizon League map 2015.png
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference MAAC 1980 11 24[i] Edison, New Jersey Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference map.svg
Missouri Valley Conference MVC
The Valley
1907 10 17 St. Louis, Missouri Missouri Valley Conference map.svg
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation MPSF 1992 38 10 Woodland, California Mountain Pacific Sports Federation map.svg
Summit League The Summit 1982 9[j] 19 Sioux Falls, South Dakota 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 9[k] 19[1] Englewood, Colorado Map - Western Athletic Conference.svg
  1. ^ 10 members in 2020 with addition of Bellarmine.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 11 members in 2020 with addition of UConn.
  4. ^ 11 members in 2020 with addition of CSU Bakersfield and UC San Diego
  5. ^ Total conference membership; no more than 12 schools compete in any one of the CCSA's three sports.
  6. ^ 25 total members in 2020 with addition of Bellarmine.
  7. ^ Sponsors only men's and women's swimming & diving, plus beach volleyball.
  8. ^ 11 members in 2020 with addition of Purdue Fort Wayne.
  9. ^ 23 NCAA-sanctioned sports plus the non-NCAA sport of men's rowing.
  10. ^ 9 members in 2020 with addition of Kansas City and loss of Purdue Fort Wayne.
  11. ^ 9 members in 2020 with loss of CSU Bakersfield and Kansas City, plus addition of Dixie State and Tarleton State.

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[a] 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 (11/10) Wakefield, Massachusetts Map - College Hockey - Hockey East states.svg
Independents 1 (1/0)[b] Map - College Hockey - Independents states.svg
New England Women's Hockey Alliance NEWHA 2018[c] 6 (none/6) Winthrop, Massachusetts
National Collegiate Hockey Conference NCHC 2011[d] 8 (8/none) Colorado Springs, Colorado NCHC states.svg
Western Collegiate Hockey Association WCHA 1951 15 (10/7)[e] Edina, Minnesota 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. ^ Before the 2019–20 season, five women's programs played as independents but participated in the New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA), a scheduling alliance that announced its intention to become an official NCAA conference in 2018.[2] With the addition of a sixth member for 2019–20, the NEWHA received official NCAA recognition in 2019.[3]
  3. ^ Established as a scheduling alliance in 2017, officially organized as a conference in 2018, and officially recognized by the NCAA in 2019.
  4. ^ Although founded in 2011, the NCHC did not begin play until 2013.
  5. ^ Potentially disbanding as a men's conference in 2021 with announced departure of 7 of the 10 men's members.

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 7[a] 1 (Skiing) ?
Collegiate Water Polo Association CWPA 1970s 27[b] 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 17 1 (wrestling) ?
Eastern Women's Fencing Conference EWFC 2000 7 1 (fencing) ? EWFC map.svg
Golden Coast Conference GCC 2013[c] 6 (men)
8 (women)
1 (water polo) ? CCAAstates.png
Great America Rifle Conference GARC 1998 9 1 (rifle) ?
Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California IFCSC 1996? 2[d] 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[e] 1 (fencing) Hackettstown, New Jersey MACFA map.svg
Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference MAC 1978 7[f] 1 (rifle) ?
Midwest Fencing Conference MFC 1968 6[g] 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 8 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[h] 1 (fencing) ? NIWFA map.svg
New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference NEIFC ? 8[i] 1 (fencing) ? NEIFC map.svg
Northeast Fencing Conference NFC 1992 8[j] 1 (fencing) ? NFC map.svg
Patriot Rifle Conference PRC 2013 6 1 (rifle) Colorado Springs, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association RMISA 1950 7[k] 1 (Skiing) ?
Southland Bowling League SBL 2015[l] 8 1 (bowling) Frisco, Texas
Western Water Polo Association WWPA 1981 8 (men)
8 (women)
1 (water polo) ?
  1. ^ There are 7 NCAA varsity members; the conference also has one junior college member.
  2. ^ 9 schools have both men's & women's varsity teams, 10 have men's varsity teams only, 8 have women's varsity teams only; additionally, there are 136 men's and 86 women's club teams.
  3. ^ Founded in 2013 as a women's-only conference; men's play added in 2016.
  4. ^ There are 2 varsity members; the conference also has 7 college club members.
  5. ^ There are 8 varsity members; the conference also has 7 college club members.
  6. ^ There are 7 varsity members; the conference also has 6 college club members.
  7. ^ There are 6 varsity members; the conference also has 13 college club members.
  8. ^ There are 10 varsity members; the conference also has 10 college club members.
  9. ^ There are 8 varsity members; the conference also has 13 college club members.
  10. ^ There are 8 varsity members; the conference also has 5 college club members.
  11. ^ There are 7 varsity members; the conference also has 4 college club members.
  12. ^ 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.[4]

Division II[edit]

Current conferences[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members D-II
Headquarters Map
California Collegiate Athletic Association CCAA 1938 13[a] 13 Walnut Creek, California CCAAstates.png
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference CACC 1961 14 16 New Haven, Connecticut CACCstates.PNG
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association CIAA 1912 12 15 Hampton, Virginia Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, coverage map2.png
Conference Carolinas CC 1930 12[b] 21[c] Thomasville, North Carolina CVACstates.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 12 21 Bay City, Michigan GLIACstates.png
Great Lakes Valley Conference GLVC 1978 16[d] 22 Indianapolis, Indiana GLVCstates.png
Great Midwest Athletic Conference G-MAC 2011 13 23[e] 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 13 17 Birmingham, Alabama Gulf South Conference map.png
Division II Independents 6 DII-indiesstates.png
Lone Star Conference LSC 1931 19[f] 18 Richardson, Texas LSCstates.png
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association MIAA 1912 14[g] 19 Kansas City, Missouri MIAAstates.svg
Mountain East Conference MEC 2012 12 22 Bridgeport, West Virginia MECstates.png
Northeast-10 Conference NE-10 1980 14 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 12 15 Newport Beach, California PWCstates.png
Peach Belt Conference PBC 1990 12 15 Augusta, Georgia Peachbeltstates.png
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference PSAC 1951 18 23 Lock Haven, Pennsylvania PSACstates.png
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference RMAC 1909 16[h] 23 Colorado Springs, Colorado RMACstates.svg
South Atlantic Conference SAC 1975 12[i] 20 Rock Hill, South Carolina SAC-USA-states.png
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SIAC 1913 14 13[j] Tucker, Georgia SIACstates.png
Sunshine State Conference SSC 1975 11 18 Melbourne, Florida Sunshineconferencestates.png
  1. ^ 12 members in 2020 with loss of UC San Diego.
  2. ^ 11 members in 2020 with loss of Limestone.
  3. ^ Emerging sport Swimming & Diving (M) included.
  4. ^ 15 members in 2020 with loss of Bellarmine.
  5. ^ Emerging sport Wrestling included.
  6. ^ 18 members in 2020 with loss of Tarleton State.
  7. ^ 12 full members, plus 2 associates that house all of their sports in the MIAA.
  8. ^ 15 members in 2020 with loss of Dixie State.
  9. ^ 13 members in 2020 with addition of Limestone.
  10. ^ 14 sports in 2020 with addition of men's volleyball.

Single-sport conferences[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sport Headquarters Map
Appalachian Swimming Conference ASC ? 6 (men)
4 (women)
swimming ? ASCstates.png
Bluegrass Mountain Conference BMC 2000 9 (men)
7 (women)
swimming Spartanburg, South Carolina BMC swim states.png
players+ ECAC Division II Field Hockey League ECAC 2014 6 field hockey Danbury, Connecticut
ECAC Division II Wrestling League 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 PCSC 2003 4 (men)
7 (women)
swimming ? PacificCollegiateSwim.png

Other sports[edit]

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

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sport Headquarters Map
Conference Carolinas CC 1930 9 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 6 bowling Kansas City, Missouri MIAAstates.svg
Northeast-10 Conference NE-10 1980 6 men's ice hockey South Easton, Massachusetts Northeast10-USA-states.png

Division III[edit]

Current conferences[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference AMCC 1997 11[a] 16 North Boston, New York ALMCC-USA-states.png
American Collegiate Athletic Association ACAA 2017 7 8 Omaha, Nebraska
American Rivers Conference ARC 1922 9 22 Cedar Rapids, Iowa Iowa-USA-states.png
American Southwest Conference ASC 1996 12 16 Richardson, Texas ASW-USA-states.png
Atlantic East Conference AEC 2018 7 20 Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Capital Athletic Conference CAC 1989 6[b] 21 Fredericksburg, Virginia 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 8 16 Flushing, Queens, New York CUNYAC-USA-states.png
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin CCIW 1946 9 24 Naperville, Illinois CCIW-USA-states.png
Colonial States Athletic Conference CSAC 1992 10 17 Aston, Pennsylvania PAC-USA-states.png
Commonwealth Coast Conference CCC 1984 9[c] 17 Springfield, Massachusetts Map of the USA with The Commonwealth Coast Conference region highlighted.png
Commonwealth Coast Football[d] CCC Football 1965[e] 8 1 Springfield, Massachusetts Map of the USA with The Commonwealth Coast Conference region highlighted.png
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference ECFC 2009 6[f] 1 Wilmington, Vermont Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Map.svg
Empire 8 E8 1964 8[g] 22 Rochester, New York E8-USA-states.png
Great Northeast Athletic Conference GNAC 1995 13[h] 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)[i]
4 (basketball)
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 9 19[j] 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[k][l] 27 Annville, Pennsylvania MAC-USA-states.png
Midwest Conference Midwest 1921 10[m] 20 Ripon, Wisconsin Midwest-USA-states.png
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference MIAC 1920 13[n] 22 St. Paul, Minnesota MIAC-USA-states.png
New England Collegiate Conference NECC 2008 8[o] 16 Attleboro, Massachusetts NECC-USA.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 20 Wellesley, Massachusetts NEWAMC-USA-states.png
New Jersey Athletic Conference NJAC 1985 10 21 Pitman, New Jersey NJAC-USA-states.png
North Atlantic Conference NAC 1996 9[p] 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 12[q] 18 Gansevoort, New York NEAC-USA-states.png
Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference NACC 2006 13[r] 19 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 15 24 Forest, Virginia ODAC-USA-states.png
Presidents' Athletic Conference PAC 1955 9[s] 23 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 10 18 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 18 14 Fayetteville, North Carolina USASouth-USA-states.png
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference WIAC 1913 8 22 Madison, Wisconsin WIAC-USA-states.png
  1. ^ 10 members in 2020 with loss of Franciscan.
  2. ^ 5 members in 2020 with loss of York (PA).
  3. ^ 10 members in 2020 with addition of Suffolk.
  4. ^ Commonwealth Coast Football is operated by the Commonwealth Coast Conference, but remains a separate entity.
  5. ^ Commonwealth Coast Football is a 2017 rebranding of the New England Football Conference, which was founded in 1965.
  6. ^ 7 members in 2020 with addition of Keystone.
  7. ^ 9 members in 2020 with addition of Keuka.
  8. ^ 13 members in 2020 with loss of Suffolk and addition of Dean.
  9. ^ No football independents in 2020 with loss of Keystone.
  10. ^ 21 sports in 2020 with addition of men's golf and men's swimming & diving.
  11. ^ 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 14 sports, not including football. The third league, called the Middle Atlantic Conference, combines schools from the Commonwealth and Freedom Conferences for 13 other sports, including football.
  12. ^ 18 total members, with 9 each in the MAC Commonwealth and MAC Freedom, with the following moves:
  13. ^ 9 members in 2020 with loss of St. Norbert.
  14. ^ 12 members in 2021 with expulsion of St. Thomas (MN).
  15. ^ 7 members in 2020 with loss of Dean.
  16. ^ 12 members in 2020 with addition of Cazenovia, SUNY Cobleskill, and SUNY Poly.
  17. ^ 8 members in 2020 with loss of Cazenovia, Keuka, SUNY Cobleskill, and SUNY Poly.
  18. ^ 14 members in 2020 with addition of St. Norbert.
  19. ^ 10 members in 2020 with addition of Franciscan.

Single-sport conferences[edit]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sport Headquarters Map
Central Intercollegiate Bowling Conference CIBC 2019 6 Bowling
Colonial Hockey Conference CHC 2015 7 Women's ice hockey
Continental Volleyball Conference CVC 2011 9 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 6[a] Men's volleyball Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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)
13 (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[b] Men's volleyball Rochester, New York
  1. ^ 7 members in 2020 with addition of Wabash.
  2. ^ 10 members in 2020 with addition of Keuka.

Other sports[edit]

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

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sport Headquarters Map
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference AMCC 1997 8 Bowling North Boston, New York ALMCC-USA-states.png
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference WIAC 1913 8 Women's gymnastics Madison, Wisconsin

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.[5]
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.[6]
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 the Mid-Continent Conference, now known as The Summit League.
Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League * 1901 1955 Basketball-only conference absorbed by the Ivy League, which claims the EIBL as part of its own history.
Eastern Wrestling League Division I 1975 2019 Wrestling-only league absorbed by the Mid-American Conference.[7]
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; that school would later join Southern Conference men's lacrosse.
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.
Heartland Conference Division II 1999 2019 In August 2017, eight of the nine members announced a mass exodus to the Lone Star Conference (LSC)—a conference with which the Heartland Conference had recently discussed a potential merger[8]— effective in 2019.[9] One of the eight schools changed course and instead opted to become a de facto member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 2019,[10] joining the remaining Heartland member in that status.[11]
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, now known as the Northern Athletics Collegiate 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 Athletic Conference for Women Division III 1977 1994 Merged with the men's Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference, forming the current Midwest 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 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 legally known as the Atlantic Sun Conference and branded as the ASUN 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, now known as the Northern Athletics Collegiate 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 is now a MAC field hockey member.
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
Southeast Team Handball Conference Unknown 1997 2006 Handball only, disbanded
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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  2. ^ "NEWHA announces intent to be recognized as NCAA national collegiate women's hockey conference". September 26, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "New England Women's Hockey Alliance approved for NCAA Division I status, effective with '19-20 season". September 4, 2019. Retrieved October 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "New Southland Bowling League Established" (Press release). Southland Conference. January 20, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  5. ^ Burton, Roy (June 4, 2014). "WSU joins friends/foes as Big Sky brings back men's golf". Standard-Examiner. Ogden, UT. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
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  7. ^ "MAC Announces Historic Wrestling Expansion" (Press release). Mid-American Conference. March 5, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Mannis, Taylor (March 9, 2017). "Heartland Conference Looking to Expand". The Vantage. Wichita, KS. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  9. ^ "Lone Star Conference to Add Eight Schools in 2019" (Press release). Lone Star Conference. August 30, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  10. ^ "Hillcats to join MIAA Conference for 2019-2020 season" (Press release). Rogers State Hillcats. October 18, 2018. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Newman to Compete In MIAA As Associate Member in 2019-20" (Press release). Newman Jets. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018.