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]

ConferenceNicknameFoundedMembersSportsHeadquartersMap
American Athletic ConferenceThe American1979[FBS 1]10[FBS 2]22Providence, Rhode IslandAmerican Athletic Conference Map.png
Atlantic Coast ConferenceACC195315[FBS 3]25Greensboro, North CarolinaACC overview map 2012-13.png
Big Ten ConferenceBig Ten189612[FBS 4]26[FBS 5]Rosemont, IllinoisBig 10 map.png
Big 12 ConferenceBig 1219961023Irving, TexasBig 12 Conference Map.svg
Conference USAC-USA199516[FBS 6]21Irving, TexasC-USA-USA-states.PNG
Division I FBS Independents6[FBS 7]1Ind.-USA-states.png
Mid-American ConferenceMAC194612[FBS 8]23Cleveland, OhioMid-American Conference map.png
Mountain West ConferenceMW / MWC199911[FBS 9]18Colorado Springs, ColoradoMountain West for 2012-13.png
Pacific-12 ConferencePac-121915[FBS 10]1222Walnut Creek, CaliforniaPac 10 +2 USA states.svg
Southeastern ConferenceSEC19321421Birmingham, AlabamaSEC-USA-states2011.png
Sun Belt ConferenceSun Belt197610[FBS 11]19New Orleans, LouisianaSun Belt Map 2013.png
Notes
  1. ^ Known as Big East Conference prior to 2013.
  2. ^ 11 members in 2014 with loss of Louisville and Rutgers; and addition of East Carolina, Tulane, and Tulsa
    • 11 members (12 football) in 2015 with addition of Navy for football only
  3. ^ 15 members (14 football)
    • 15 members (14 football) in 2014 with loss of Maryland; and addition of Louisville
  4. ^ 14 members in 2014 with addition of Maryland and Rutgers
  5. ^ 28 sports in 2014-15 with the additions of men's and women's lacrosse
  6. ^ 16 members (14 football)
    • 14 members (13 football) in 2014 with loss of East Carolina, Tulane, and Tulsa; addition of Western Kentucky, and addition of Old Dominion's football program
    • 14 football members in 2015 when Charlotte's football program joins
  7. ^ 4 members in 2014 with Idaho and New Mexico State joining the Sun Belt as football-only affiliates
    • 3 members in 2015 with Navy joining The American as a football-only affiliate
  8. ^ 12 members (13 football) with Massachusetts as a football-only affiliate
  9. ^ 11 members (12 football) with Hawaii as a football-only affiliate
  10. ^ The charter of the Pac-12 dates only to the 1959 formation of the Athletic Association of Western Universities. However, the Pac-12 considers the Pacific Coast Conference, founded in 1915 and disbanded in 1959, as part of its own history.
  11. ^ 10 members (8 football)
    • 11 members (9 football) and 2 football-only affiliates in 2014 with loss of Western Kentucky; addition of Appalachian State and Georgia Southern in all sports, and addition of Idaho and New Mexico State for football only

Football Championship Subdivision[edit]

ConferenceNicknameFoundedFull MembersSportsHeadquartersMap
Big Sky ConferenceBig Sky / BSC196311[FCS 1]15Ogden, UtahBig Sky Map.svg
Big South ConferenceBig South198312[FCS 2]19Charlotte, North CarolinaBigSouthMap.PNG
Colonial Athletic AssociationCAA19839[FCS 3]25Richmond, VirginiaColonial Athletic Association Map.svg
Division I FCS Independents6[FCS 4]1Division I FCS independents map.svg
Ivy LeagueIvy League1954[FCS 5]833Princeton, New JerseyIvy League map.png
Mid-Eastern Athletic ConferenceMEAC19701315Virginia Beach, VirginiaMEACstates.png
Missouri Valley Football ConferenceMVFC1985[FCS 6]101St. Louis, MissouriMissouri Valley Football Conference map.png
Northeast ConferenceNEC198110[FCS 7]23Somerset, New JerseyMapNEC (Football).PNG
Ohio Valley ConferenceOVC194812[FCS 8]19Brentwood, TennesseeOhio Valley Conference map.png
Patriot LeaguePatriot198610[FCS 9]21Center Valley, PennsylvaniaPatriot League Map.svg
Pioneer Football LeaguePFL199112[FCS 10]1St. Louis, MissouriPioneer Football League Map.svg
Southern ConferenceSoCon192111[FCS 11]19Spartanburg, South CarolinaSOCONstates.PNG
Southland ConferenceSouthland196314[FCS 12]16Frisco, TexasSouthland Conference map.png
Southwestern Athletic ConferenceSWAC19201018Birmingham, AlabamaSWACstates.PNG
Notes
  1. ^ 11 full members; 13 football-playing schools with Cal Poly and UC Davis as football-only affiliates
    • 12 full members in 2014 with addition of Idaho (non-football)
  2. ^ 12 full members, 6 football members (one full member, Campbell, plays football outside the Big South in the Pioneer Football League)
    • 11 full members and 6 football members in 2014 with loss of all-sports member VMI and addition of Monmouth for football only
    • 11 full members and 7 football members in 2015 with Kennesaw State starting a new football program as a football-only member
  3. ^ 9 full members and 11 football members
    • 10 full members and 12 football members in 2014 with addition of Elon
  4. ^ 1 FCS independent in 2014 when Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist, and Incarnate Word begin playing full Southland Conference schedules, Monmouth moves football to Big South, and Old Dominion football joins Conference USA in FBS
    • No FCS independents in 2015 when Charlotte football joins C-USA
  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. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 10 full members, 7 football members
  8. ^ 12 full members, 9 football members (one full member, Morehead State, plays football outside the OVC in the Pioneer Football League)
  9. ^ 10 full members and 8 football members
  10. ^ 11 members in 2014 with loss of Mercer
  11. ^ 11 full members, 9 football members
    • 10 full members, 8 football members in 2014 with the following changes:
      • Loss of football members Appalachian State, Elon and Georgia Southern, plus non-football member Davidson
      • Addition of Mercer and VMI as all-sports members, plus East Tennessee State as a full but non-football member
    • 10 full members, 9 football members in 2015 when East Tennessee State relaunches its football program
  12. ^ 14 full members, 8 football members
    • 13 full members in 2014 with loss of Oral Roberts (non-football)
    • 11 football members in 2014 when Houston Baptist moves its football team into the conference, and Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word begin playing full Southland schedules

Non-football, multi-sport conferences[edit]

ConferenceNicknameFoundedMembersSportsHeadquartersMap
America East ConferenceAmerica East1979919Boston, MassachusettsAmEastMap.png
Atlantic Sun ConferenceA-Sun197810[NF 1]20Macon, GeorgiaUpdated Atlantic Sun Map 2012.png
Atlantic 10 ConferenceA-10197513[NF 2]21Newport News, VirginiaAtlantic 10 Conference map.svg
Big East ConferenceBig East2013[NF 3]1022New York, New YorkNew Big East-USA-states.png
Big West ConferenceBig West / BWC1969920Irvine, CaliforniaBig West-USA-states.png
Horizon LeagueHorizon1979919Indianapolis, IndianaHorizon League map.png
NCAA Division I Independent schools1Division I basketball independents map.svg
Metro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceMAAC19801124Edison, New JerseyMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference.svg
Missouri Valley ConferenceMVC / Valley19071019St. Louis, MissouriMissouri Valley Conference map.svg
Mountain Pacific Sports FederationMPSF19923510Woodland, CaliforniaMountain Pacific Sports Federation map.svg
The Summit LeagueThe Summit19828[NF 4]19Elmhurst, IllinoisThe Summit League map.svg
West Coast ConferenceWCC19521014San Bruno, CaliforniaWCC West Coast Conference Map.PNG
Western Athletic ConferenceWAC19629[NF 5]18Englewood, ColoradoMap - Western Athletic Conference.svg
Notes
  1. ^ 8 members in 2014 with loss of East Tennessee State and Mercer
  2. ^ 14 members in 2014 with addition of Davidson
  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 date, and both jointly claim the same pre-split history.
  4. ^ 9 members in 2014 with addition of Oral Roberts
  5. ^ 8 members in 2014 with loss of Idaho

Ice hockey conferences[edit]

ConferenceNicknameFoundedMembers (Men/Women)HeadquartersMap
Atlantic HockeyAtlantic Hockey199712 (12/none) [IH 1]Haverhill, MassachusettsMap - College Hockey - Atlantic Hockey states.svg
College Hockey AmericaCHA20006 (none/6)Haverhill, MassachusettsMap - College Hockey - College Hockey America states.svg
ECAC HockeyECAC196212 (12/12)Albany, New YorkMap - College Hockey - ECAC Hockey states.svg
Hockey EastHockey East198412 (11/8) [IH 2]Wakefield, MassachusettsMap - College Hockey - Hockey East states.svg
National Collegiate Hockey ConferenceNCHC20118 (8/none)Colorado Springs, ColoradoNCHC states.svg
Western Collegiate Hockey AssociationWCHA195116 (10/8)Denver, ColoradoMap - College Hockey - WCHA states.svg
Independents1 (none/1)Map - College Hockey - Independents states.svg
Notes
  1. ^ 11 members in 2014 with loss of Connecticut
  2. ^ 12 total members, 12 men's members in 2014 with addition of Connecticut men (Connecticut women are already members)
    • 12 total members, 9 women's members in 2015 with addition of Merrimack women (Merrimack men are already 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.

ConferenceNicknameFoundedMembersSportsHeadquartersMap
American Lacrosse ConferenceALC20017 [SS 1]1 (women's lacrosse)Athens, Ohio
Central Collegiate Ski AssociationCCSA200991 (skiing) ?
Coastal Collegiate Swimming AssociationCCSA200812 [SS 2][SS 3]1 (swimming)Charlotte, North CarolinaCoastal Collegiate Swim Association map.png
Collegiate Water Polo AssociationCWPA1970s251 (water polo)Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
ECAC Lacrosse LeagueECAC20005 [SS 4]1 (men's lacrosse)Centerville, MassachusettsECACDILax-USA-states.png
East Atlantic Gymnastics LeagueEAGL199571 (gymnastics) ?
Eastern Association of Rowing CollegesEARC ?181 (rowing)Centerville, MassachusettsEastern Association of Rowing Colleges map.png
Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics LeagueEIGL ?61 (gymnastics)Centerville, Massachusetts
Eastern Intercollegiate Ski AssociationEISA ?161 (skiing) ?
Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball AssociationEIVA197781 (men's volleyball)Centerville, Massachusetts
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling AssociationEIWA1905181 (wrestling) ?
Eastern Women's Fencing ConferenceEWFC200071 (fencing) ?EWFC map.svg
Eastern Wrestling LeagueEWL197671 (wrestling) ?
Great America Rifle ConferenceGARC199871 (rifle) ?
Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern CaliforniaIFCSC1996?2 [SS 5]1 (fencing) ?IFCSC map.svg
Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing AssociationMACFA19528 [SS 6]1 (fencing) ?MACFA map.svg
Mid-Atlantic Rifle ConferenceMAC19787 [SS 7]1 (rifle) ?
Midwest Fencing ConferenceMFC19687 [SS 8][SS 9]1 (fencing)University of Notre DameMFC map.svg
Midwest Independent ConferenceMIC ?61 (Women's gymnastics)University of Illinois at Chicago (?)
Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball AssociationMIVA196181 (men's volleyball)Columbus, Ohio
National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing AssociationNIWFA192910 [SS 10]1 (fencing) ?NIWFA map.svg
New England Intercollegiate Fencing ConferenceNEIFC ?8 [SS 11]1 (fencing) ?NEIFC map.svg
Northeast Fencing ConferenceNFC19928 [SS 12]1 (fencing) ?NFC map.svg
Northern Pacific Field Hockey ConferenceNorPac19829 [SS 13]1 (field hockey) ?
Pacific Coast Swim ConferencePCSL2002131 (swimming) ?
Patriot Rifle ConferencePRC201361 (rifle)Colorado Springs, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski AssociationRMISA ?81 (skiing) ?
Western Water Polo AssociationWWPA1981181 (water polo) ?
Western Wrestling ConferenceWWC200661 (wrestling)Cedar Falls, Iowa
Notes
  1. ^ Now likely to disband after the 2014 season; at that time, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Penn State will leave for the new Big Ten women's lacrosse league, and Johns Hopkins will become independent, leaving only two schools
  2. ^ Four schools house both men's and women's teams in the CCSA; the remaining 8 house only a women's team
  3. ^ 11 members (3 men's, 11 women's) in 2014 with Davidson joining the A10, which sponsors the sport for both sexes
  4. ^ Now likely to disband after the 2014 season; at that time, Michigan and Ohio State will leave for the new Big Ten men's lacrosse league, Fairfield for CAA associate membership, and Bellarmine for Atlantic Sun associate membership
  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 7 varsity members; the conference also has 13 college club members.
  9. ^ 6 varsity members in 2014 with loss of Notre Dame
  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. ^ 8 members in 2014 when Davidson joins the field hockey-sponsoring A10

Division II[edit]

Current conferences[edit]

ConferenceNicknameFoundedMembersD-II
Sports
HeadquartersMap
California Collegiate Athletic AssociationCCAA19381212Walnut Creek, CaliforniaCCAAstates.png
Central Atlantic Collegiate ConferenceCACC19611413New Haven, ConnecticutCACCstates.PNG
Central Intercollegiate Athletic AssociationCIAA19121215Hampton, VirginiaCentral Intercollegiate Athletic Association, coverage map.png
Conference CarolinasCC193010 [D2 1]19Thomasville, North CarolinaCVACstates.PNG
East Coast ConferenceECC19891117Central Islip, New YorkECCMap.png
Great American ConferenceGAC20111113Russellville, ArkansasGACstates.png
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceGLIAC19721622Bay City, MichiganGLIACstates.png
Great Lakes Valley ConferenceGLVC19781620Indianapolis, IndianaGLVCstates.png
Great Midwest Athletic ConferenceG-MAC20111016Greenwood, IndianaGreat midwest athletic conference map2.png
Great Northwest Athletic ConferenceGNAC20011016Spokane, WashingtonGnac-States.PNG
Gulf South ConferenceGSC197011 [D2 2]14Birmingham, AlabamaGulf South Conference Map.svg
Heartland ConferenceHeartland19991213Waco, TexasHeartlandstates.png
Lone Star ConferenceLSC1931916Richardson, TexasLSCstates.png
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics AssociationMIAA19121419Kansas City, MissouriMIAAstates.png
Mountain East ConferenceMEC20121216Bridgeport, West VirginiaMECstates.png
NCAA Division II Independent schools1 (all–sports)
5 (football–only)
3 (non–football) [D2 3]
DII-indiesstates.png
Northeast-10 ConferenceNE-1019801522South Easton, MassachusettsNortheast10-USA-states.png
Northern Sun Intercollegiate ConferenceNSIC19321618St. Paul, MinnesotaNSICstates.png
Pacific West ConferencePacWest19921315Newport Beach, CaliforniaPWCstates.png
Peach Belt ConferencePBC19901415Augusta, GeorgiaPeachbeltstates.png
Pennsylvania State Athletic ConferencePSAC19511823Lock Haven, PennsylvaniaPSACstates.png
Rocky Mountain Athletic ConferenceRMAC190914 [D2 4]22Colorado Springs, ColoradoRMACstates.png
South Atlantic ConferenceSAC19751218Rock Hill, South CarolinaSAC-USA-states.png
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceSIAC191313 [D2 5]13Tucker, GeorgiaSIACstates.png
Sunshine State ConferenceSSC1975917Orlando, FloridaSunshineconferencestates.png
Notes
  1. ^ 12 members in 2014 with addition of Emmanuel College and Southern Wesleyan.
  2. ^ 12 members in 2014 with addition of Mississippi College.
  3. ^ 5 Football–only Independents in 2014 with addition of Limestone College; and loss of McMurry.
  4. ^ 15 members in 2014 with addition of South Dakota Mines.
  5. ^ 14 members in 2014 with addition of Spring Hill College.

Single sport conferences[edit]

ConferenceNicknameFoundedMembersSportHeadquartersMap
Bluegrass Mountain ConferenceBMC200011swimmingSpartanburg, South CarolinaBMC swim states.png
ECAC Division II Lacrosse LeagueECAC20138men's lacrosseCenterville, MassachusettsECACDIILax-USA-states.png
Metropolitan ConferenceMetro ?8swimming ?MetroSwimstates.png
New South Intercollegiate Swim ConferenceNSISC ?4swimming ?NSISC swim states.png
Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse AssociationWILA20104 (men)
1 (women)
lacrosseAlamosa, ColoradoWILADIILax-USA-states.png

Other sports[edit]

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

ConferenceNicknameFoundedMembersSportHeadquartersMap
Central Intercollegiate Athletic AssociationCIAA191211bowlingHampton, VirginiaCentral Intercollegiate Athletic Association, coverage map.png
Conference CarolinasCC19308 [OD2 1]men's volleyballThomasville, North CarolinaCVACstates.PNG
Northeast-10 ConferenceNE-1019806men's ice hockeySouth Easton, MassachusettsNortheast10-USA-states.png
Notes
  1. ^ 9 members in 2014 with addition of Emmanuel College.

Division II external links[edit]

Division III[edit]

Current conferences[edit]

ConferenceNicknameFoundedMembersSportsHeadquartersMap
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate ConferenceAMCC19971014Gibsonia, PennsylvaniaALMCC-USA-states.png
American Southwest ConferenceASC19961216Richardson, TexasASW-USA-states.png
Capital Athletic ConferenceCAC19891019Hollywood, MarylandCapital-USA-states.png
Centennial ConferenceCentennial19811124Lancaster, PennsylvaniaCC-USA-states.png
City University of New York Athletic ConferenceCUNYAC1987916Flushing, Queens, New YorkCUNYAC-USA-states.png
College Conference of Illinois and WisconsinCCIW1946821Naperville, IllinoisCCIW-USA-states.png
Colonial States Athletic ConferenceCSAC19921215Aston, PennsylvaniaPAC-USA-states.png
Commonwealth Coast ConferenceTCCC19841017Springfield, Massachusetts800px-TCCC-USA-states.png
Eastern Collegiate Football ConferenceECFC200981Wilmington, VermontEastern Collegiate Football Conference Map.svg
Empire 8E819641222Rochester, New YorkE8-USA-states.png
Great Northeast Athletic ConferenceGNAC19951212Boston, MassachusettsGNEAC-USA-states.png
Great South Athletic ConferenceGSAC1999811LaGrange, GeorgiaGSAC-USA-states.png
Heartland Collegiate Athletic ConferenceHCAC19871017Greenwood, IndianaHeartland-USA-states.png
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceIIAC1922821Cedar Rapids, IowaIowa-USA-states.png
Landmark ConferenceLandmark2006811Madison, New JerseyLandmark-USA-states.png
Liberty LeagueLiberty19951126Canton, New YorkLiberty-USA-states.png
Little East ConferenceLEC1986819North Dartmouth, MassachusettsLEC-USA-states.png
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic ConferenceMASCAC1971814Westfield, MassachusettsMASAC-USA-states.png
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic AssociationMIAA1888918Royal Oak, MichiganMIAA-USA-states.png
Middle Atlantic ConferencesMAC19121822Annville, PennsylvaniaMAC-USA-states.png
Midwest ConferenceMidwest19211120Ripon, WisconsinMidwest-USA-states.png
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceMIAC19201322St. Paul, MinnesotaMIAC-USA-states.png
NCAA Division III Independent schools2 (football)
6 (basketball)
D3Indies-USA-states.png
New England Collegiate ConferenceNECC20081014Attleboro, MassachusettsNECC-USA.png
New England Football ConferenceNEFC196581No central officeNEFC-USA-states.png
New England Small College Athletic ConferenceNESCAC19711127Hadley, MassachusettsNESCAC-USA-states.png
New England Women's and Men's Athletic ConferenceNEWMAC19981118Wellesley, MassachusettsNEWAMC-USA-states.png
New Jersey Athletic ConferenceNJAC19851016Pitman, New JerseyNJAC-USA-states.png
North Atlantic ConferenceNAC19961015Whitingham, VermontNAC-USA-states.PNG
North Coast Athletic ConferenceNCAC19831022Westlake, OhioNCAC-USA-states.png
North Eastern Athletic ConferenceNEAC20041212Gansevoort, New YorkNEAC-USA-states.png
Northern Athletics Collegiate ConferenceNACC20061318Waukesha, WisconsinCCIW-USA-states.png
Northwest ConferenceNWC1926918Seattle, WashingtonNWC-USA-states.png
Ohio Athletic ConferenceOAC19021021Austintown, OhioOAC-USA-states.png
Old Dominion Athletic ConferenceODAC19761422Forest, VirginiaODAC-USA-states.png
Presidents' Athletic ConferencePAC19551019Wexford, PennsylvaniaPresidents Athletic Conference map.svg
Skyline ConferenceSkyline19891017Lawrenceville, New JerseySL-USA-states.png
Southern Athletic AssociationSAA2012821Atlanta, GeorgiaSouthern Athletic Association Map.svg
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceSCIAC1915919Los Angeles, CaliforniaSCIAC-USA-states.png
Southern Collegiate Athletic ConferenceSCAC1962819Lawrenceville, GeorgiaSouthern Collegiate Athletic Conference Map.svg
State University of New York Athletic ConferenceSUNYAC19581120Fredonia, New YorkSL-USA-states.png
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceSLIAC19891013St. Louis, MissouriSLIAC-USA-states.png
University Athletic AssociationUAA1986822Rochester, New YorkUAA-USA-states.png
Upper Midwest Athletic ConferenceUMAC1972816St. Paul, MinnesotaUpper Midwest Athletic Conference Map.svg
USA South Athletic ConferenceUSA South19651314Fayetteville, North CarolinaUSASouth-USA-states.png
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceWIAC1913920Madison, WisconsinWIAC-USA-states.png

Single-sport conferences[edit]

ConferenceNicknameFoundedMembersSportHeadquartersMap
Continental Volleyball ConferenceCVC201112Men's volleyballMilwaukee, Wisconsin
ECAC EastECAC-E10 (men)
12 (women)
Ice hockeyCenterville, MassachusettsMap - College Hockey - D3 - ECAC East states.svg
ECAC NortheastECAC-NE8 (men only)Ice hockeyCenterville, MassachusettsMap - College Hockey - D3 - ECAC Northeast states.svg
ECAC WestECAC-W5 (men)
10 (women)
Ice hockeyCenterville, MassachusettsMap - College Hockey - D3 - ECAC West states.svg
Northern Collegiate Hockey AssociationNCHA198110 (men)
7 (women)
Ice hockeyWaukesha, WisconsinMap - College Hockey - D3 - NCHA states.svg
United Volleyball ConferenceUVC201012Men's volleyballRochester, New York

Defunct NCAA conferences[edit]

ConferenceDivisionFoundedFoldedFate
American South ConferenceDivision I19871991Absorbed by the Sun Belt Conference
Atlantic Central Football ConferenceDivision III19972010Disbanded
Atlantic Soccer ConferenceDivision I20002011Disbanded
Atlantic Women's Colleges ConferenceDivision III19952007Disbanded
Big Central Soccer ConferenceDivision I19871991Men's soccer-only conference disbanded after the all-sports conferences of all but two of its members began sponsoring the sport.
Big Eight ConferenceDivision I19281996Previously known as Big Six and Big Seven, joined with four former Southwest Conference schools to create the Big 12 Conference
Border ConferenceUniversity Division19311962Members split between the newly formed WAC and Independent statuses.
Central Collegiate Hockey AssociationDivision I19712013The 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 ConferenceDivision II ???1992Women'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 ConferenceDivision II19942013Disbanded
Dixie Conference*19301942Disbanded after most of its members suspended athletics during World War II.
Dixie Conference*19481954Disbanded
East Coast ConferenceDivision I19581994Absorbed by Mid-Continent Conference
Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League*19011955Basketball-only conference absorbed by the Ivy League, which claims the EIBL as part of its own history.
Great Lakes Football ConferenceDivision II20062012Football-only conference, effectively absorbed by the Great Lakes Valley Conference
Great Midwest ConferenceDivision I19911995Merged with Metro Conference to form Conference USA
Great Northwest ConferenceDivision II ???1992The second part of the merger that created the current Pacific West Conference.
Great West ConferenceDivision I20042013Disbanded after all but one of its members joined more established conferences during the early-2010s conference realignment.
Great Western Lacrosse LeagueDivision I19932010Members joined the ECAC Lacrosse League
Gulf Coast ConferenceCollege Division19491957Disbanded
Gulf Star ConferenceDivision I19841987Effectively absorbed by the Southland Conference.
High Country Athletic ConferenceDivision I19831990Women's-only conference absorbed by the Western Athletic Conference.
Indiana Collegiate ConferenceDivision II19501978Disbanded
Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceUniversity Division19081970Previously known as Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, disbanded
Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest*18921893Disbanded, precursor to the Big Ten Conference
Lake Michigan ConferenceDivision III19742007Merged with the Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference to form the Northern Athletics Conference
Metro ConferenceDivision I19751995Merged with Great Midwest Conference to form Conference USA
Metropolitan Collegiate ConferenceUniversity Division19651969Disbanded
Metropolitan New York ConferenceUniversity Division19331963Disbanded
Mid-Continent Athletic AssociationDivision II, later Division I19781981Football-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 AssociationDivision III19982013Absored by the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
Midwestern ConferenceUniversity Division19701972The five member schools were unable to find the 6th member required for NCAA recognition.
Mountain States Conference (aka Skyline Conference)University Division19381962Disbanded, members split between the newly formed WAC and Independent statuses.
Mountain West Athletic ConferenceDivision I19831988Women's-only conference (not to be confused with the modern Mountain West Conference) absorbed by the Big Sky Conference.
National Lacrosse ConferenceDivision I20092012Disbanded after the Atlantic Sun Conference and Big South Conference began sponsoring women's lacrosse.
New England Conference*19381947Disbanded; 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 AllianceDivision III19982012Disbanded
New South Women's Athletic ConferenceDivision I19851991Women'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 ConferenceDivision II19222008Disbanded
North East Collegiate Volleyball AssociationDivision III19952011Men'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 ConferenceDivision I19831992Women's-only conference effectively absorbed by the Mid-Continent Conference (now The Summit League).
Northern California Athletic ConferenceDivision II19251996Football-only conference, dissolved when most members decided to drop football
Northern Illinois-Iowa ConferenceDivision III19692007Merged with the Lake Michigan Conference to form the Northern Athletics Conference
Northern Pacific ConferenceDivision I19821986Women's-only conference. Disbanded when the Pac-10, home to five of the seven final conference members, began sponsoring women's sports.
Pacific Coast ConferenceDivision I19151959Forerunner to the Pac-12, disbanded due to scandal and infighting
Pacific Coast Softball ConferenceDivision I20022013Softball-only; disbanded due to fallout from the 2010–13 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 temporarily became dual members of the WAC and WCC in softball).
Pilgrim Lacrosse LeagueDivision III19862013Absorbed by the NEWMAC
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association*18941941Disbanded with the onset of American involvement in World War II.
Southwest ConferenceDivision I19141996Disbanded, members split into the Big 12, WAC, and C-USA
United Soccer ConferenceDivision I20052009Women's soccer-only, absorbed by Great West Conference
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceDivision II19242013Disbanded 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 AssociationDivision I19811986Women'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.
Yankee ConferenceDivision I19471997Football-only conference from 1975 until its absorption by the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1997. Also an effective ancestor of today's CAA football conference.

Conferences set to disband[edit]

This section is reserved for conferences currently in operation, but likely to disband in the near future due to major membership losses.

ConferenceDivisionFoundedFoldingBackground
American Lacrosse ConferenceDivision I20012014Women's lacrosse conference set to disband 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 current ALC members are full Big Ten members. A fifth school has announced it will go independent, leaving the ALC with only two members.
ECAC Lacrosse LeagueDivision I19992014Men's lacrosse conference set to disband 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. As of October 2013, only one current ECAC Lacrosse member has not announced a new lacrosse affiliation for the 2014–15 school year.

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