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]

American Athletic ConferenceThe American1979
[FBS 1]
[FBS 2]
Rhode Island
American Athletic Conference Map.png
Atlantic Coast ConferenceACC195315
[FBS 3]
North Carolina
ACC overview map 2012-13a.png
Big Ten ConferenceBig Ten18961428Rosemont,
Big 10 Map.svg
Big 12 ConferenceBig 1219961023Irving,
Big 12 Conference Map.svg
Conference USAC-USA199514
[FBS 4]
Division I
FBS Independents
[FBS 5]
Mid-American ConferenceMAC194612
[FBS 6]
Mac States.svg
Mountain West ConferenceMW
[FBS 7]
18Colorado Springs,
Mountain West for 2012-13.png
Pacific-12 ConferencePac-121959
[FBS 8]
1222Walnut Creek,
Pac 10 +2 USA states.svg
Southeastern ConferenceSEC19321421Birmingham,
Sun Belt ConferenceSun Belt197611
[FBS 9]
18New Orleans,
Sun Belt Map 2014.png
  1. ^ Known as Big East Conference prior to 2013.
  2. ^ 11 members (12 football) in 2015 with addition of Navy for football only
  3. ^ 15 members (14 football)
  4. ^ 14 members (13 football)
    • 13 football members in 2015 when UAB drops football and Charlotte's football program joins
  5. ^ 3 members in 2015 with Navy joining The American as a football-only affiliate
  6. ^ 12 members (13 football) with Massachusetts as a football-only affiliate
    • 12 members (12 football) in 2016 with loss of Massachusetts football
  7. ^ 11 members (12 football) with Hawaii as a football-only affiliate
  8. ^ Pacific Coast Conference chartered in 1915; current charter formed 1959 by five former PCC members, with three others joining by 1964
  9. ^ 11 full members; 11 football-playing schools with Idaho and New Mexico State as football-only affiliates

Football Championship Subdivision[edit]

ConferenceNicknameFoundedFull MembersSportsHeadquartersMap
Big Sky ConferenceBig Sky
[FCS 1]
16Ogden, UtahBig Sky Map.svg
Big South ConferenceBig South198311
[FCS 2]
19Charlotte, North CarolinaBigSouthMap.PNG
Colonial Athletic AssociationCAA198310
[FCS 3]
21Richmond, VirginiaColonial Athletic Association Map.svg
Division I FCS Independents1
[FCS 4]
1Division I FCS independents map.svg
Ivy LeagueIvy League1954
[FCS 5]
833Princeton, New JerseyIvy League map.png
Mid-Eastern Athletic ConferenceMEAC19701315Norfolk, 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]
17Brentwood, TennesseeOhio Valley Conference map.png
Patriot LeaguePatriot198610
[FCS 9]
24Center Valley, PennsylvaniaPatriot League Map.svg
Pioneer Football LeaguePFL1991111St. Louis, MissouriPioneer Football League Map.svg
Southern ConferenceSoCon192110
[FCS 10]
20Spartanburg, South CarolinaSOCONstates.PNG
Southland ConferenceSouthland196313
[FCS 11]
17Frisco, TexasSouthland Conference Map.svg
Southwestern Athletic ConferenceSWAC19201018Birmingham, AlabamaSWACstates.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
  2. ^ 11 full members, 6 football members with Monmouth as a football-only affiliate (one full member, Campbell, plays football outside the Big South in the Pioneer Football League)
    • 11 full members and 7 football members in 2015 with Kennesaw State starting a new football program as a football-only member
  3. ^ 10 full members and 12 football members
  4. ^ No FCS independents in 2015 when Charlotte football joins Conference USA in FBS
  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 7 football members
  10. ^ 10 full members, 8 football members
    • 10 full members, 9 football members in 2015 when East Tennessee State relaunches its football program
  11. ^ 13 full members, 11 football members

Non-football, multi-sport conferences[edit]

America East ConferenceAmerica East1979918Boston, MassachusettsAmEastMap.png
Atlantic Sun ConferenceA-Sun1978819Macon, GeorgiaUpdated Atlantic Sun Map 2012.png
Atlantic 10 ConferenceA-1019751421Newport News, VirginiaAtlantic 10 Conference map.svg
Big East ConferenceBig East2013
[NF 1]
1022New York, New YorkNew Big East-USA-states.png
Big West ConferenceBig West
1969916Irvine, CaliforniaBig West-USA-states.png
Horizon LeagueHorizon1979919Indianapolis, IndianaHorizon League map.png
Division I Independents1Division I basketball independents map.svg
Metro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceMAAC19801123Edison, New JerseyMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference.svg
Missouri Valley ConferenceMVC
19071018St. Louis, MissouriMissouri Valley Conference map.svg
Mountain Pacific Sports FederationMPSF19923712Woodland, CaliforniaMountain Pacific Sports Federation map.svg
The Summit LeagueThe Summit1982919Elmhurst, IllinoisThe Summit League map.svg
West Coast ConferenceWCC19521014San Bruno, CaliforniaWCC West Coast Conference Map.PNG
Western Athletic ConferenceWAC19628
[NF 2]
11Englewood, ColoradoMap - Western Athletic Conference.svg
  1. ^ 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, and both jointly claim the same pre-split history.
  2. ^ While the number of members will not change, the identity of one current member will change in 2015. Texas–Pan American will merge with Texas–Brownsville to create the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The University of Texas System has announced that UTRGV will inherit the Texas–Pan American athletic program.

Ice hockey conferences[edit]

ConferenceNicknameFoundedMembers (Men/Women)HeadquartersMap
Atlantic HockeyAtlantic Hockey199711 (11/none)Haverhill, MassachusettsMap - College Hockey - Atlantic Hockey states.svg
College Hockey AmericaCHA1999 [IH 1]6 (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 (12/8) [IH 2]Wakefield, MassachusettsMap - College Hockey - Hockey East states.svg
Independents1 (none/1)Map - College Hockey - Independents states.svg
National Collegiate Hockey ConferenceNCHC2011 [IH 3]8 (8/none)Colorado Springs, ColoradoNCHC states.svg
Western Collegiate Hockey AssociationWCHA195116 (10/8)Denver, ColoradoMap - 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. ^ 12 total members, 9 women's members in 2015 with addition of Merrimack women (Merrimack men are already members)
  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.

Central Collegiate Ski AssociationCCSA200991 (skiing) ?
Coastal Collegiate Swimming AssociationCCSA200813 [SS 1][SS 2]1 (swimming)Charlotte, North CarolinaCoastal Collegiate Swim Association map.png
Collegiate Water Polo AssociationCWPA1970s28 [SS 3]1 (water polo)Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
East Atlantic Gymnastics LeagueEAGL199571 (gymnastics) ?
Eastern Association of Rowing CollegesEARC ?181 (rowing)Centerville, MassachusettsEastern Association of Rowing Colleges map.png
Eastern Association of Women's Rowing CollegesEAWRC ?181 (rowing)Centerville, MassachusettsEastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges map.png
Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics LeagueEIGL ?51 (gymnastics)Centerville, Massachusetts
Eastern Intercollegiate Ski AssociationEISA ?151 (skiing) ?
Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball AssociationEIVA197771 (men's volleyball)Bronxville, New York
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling AssociationEIWA1905161 (wrestling) ?
Eastern Women's Fencing ConferenceEWFC200071 (fencing) ?EWFC map.svg
Eastern Wrestling LeagueEWL197671 (wrestling) ?
Golden Coast ConferenceGCC201371 (Women's water polo) ?CCAAstates.png
Great America Rifle ConferenceGARC199871 (rifle) ?
Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern CaliforniaIFCSC1996?2 [SS 4]1 (fencing) ?IFCSC map.svg
Metropolitan Swimming ConferenceMETS ?18 (men)
19 (women)
1 (swimming) ?MetroSwimstates.png
Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing AssociationMACFA19528 [SS 5]1 (fencing)Hackettstown, New JerseyMACFA map.svg
Mid-Atlantic Rifle ConferenceMAC19787 [SS 6]1 (rifle) ?
Midwest Fencing ConferenceMFC19686 [SS 7]1 (fencing)University of Notre Dame (?)MFC map.svg
Midwest Independent ConferenceMIC ?61 (women's gymnastics)UIC (?)
Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball AssociationMIVA196191 (men's volleyball)Columbus, Ohio
Mountain Rim Gymnastics ConferenceMRGC2013 [SS 8]51 (women's gymnastics)
National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing AssociationNIWFA192910 [SS 9]1 (fencing) ?NIWFA map.svg
New England Intercollegiate Fencing ConferenceNEIFC ?8 [SS 10]1 (fencing) ?NEIFC map.svg
Northeast Fencing ConferenceNFC19928 [SS 11]1 (fencing) ?NFC map.svg
Northern Pacific Field Hockey ConferenceNorPac198261 (field hockey) ?
Patriot Rifle ConferencePRC201361 (rifle)Colorado Springs, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski AssociationRMISA195081 (skiing) ?
Western Water Polo AssociationWWPA19817 (men)
5 (women)
1 (water polo) ?
Western Wrestling ConferenceWWC200661 (wrestling)Orem, Utah
  1. ^ Four schools house both men's and women's teams in the CCSA, two house only a men's team, and seven house only a women's team.
  2. ^ 12 total members in 2016 with loss of women's-only member North Carolina A&T
  3. ^ 10 schools have both men's & women's varsity teams, 8 have men's varsity teams, 11 have women's varsity teams; additionally, there are 135 men's and 85 women's club teams.
  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. ^ Founded in 2013 with competition beginning in 2013–14. The conference gained full NCAA recognition for 2014–15.
  9. ^ There are 10 varsity members; the conference also has 10 college club members.
  10. ^ There are 8 varsity members; the conference also has 13 college club members.
  11. ^ There are 8 varsity members; the conference also has 5 college club members.

Division II[edit]

Current conferences[edit]

California Collegiate Athletic AssociationCCAA193812 [D2 1]12Walnut Creek, CaliforniaCCAAstates.png
Central Atlantic Collegiate ConferenceCACC19611415New Haven, ConnecticutCACCstates.PNG
Central Intercollegiate Athletic AssociationCIAA19121215Hampton, VirginiaCentral Intercollegiate Athletic Association, coverage map.png
Conference CarolinasCC19301219Thomasville, North CarolinaCVACstates.PNG
East Coast ConferenceECC19891117Central Islip, New YorkECCMap.png
Great American ConferenceGAC201111 [D2 2]13Russellville, ArkansasGACstates.png
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceGLIAC19721622Bay City, MichiganGLIACstates.png
Great Lakes Valley ConferenceGLVC19781620Indianapolis, IndianaGLVCstates.png
Great Midwest Athletic ConferenceG-MAC2011917Greenwood, IndianaGreat midwest athletic conference map2.png
Great Northwest Athletic ConferenceGNAC200110 [D2 3]16Portland, OregonGnac-States.PNG
Gulf South ConferenceGSC19701214Birmingham, AlabamaGulf South Conference Map.svg
Heartland ConferenceHeartland19991113Waco, TexasHeartlandstates.png
Division II Independents2 (non-football)
6 (football)
4/4 (lacrosse)
Lone Star ConferenceLSC1931916Richardson, TexasLSCstates.png
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics AssociationMIAA19121419Kansas City, MissouriMIAAstates.png
Mountain East ConferenceMEC20121217Bridgeport, West VirginiaMECstates.png
Northeast-10 ConferenceNE-1019801522South Easton, MassachusettsNortheast10-USA-states.png
Northern Sun Intercollegiate ConferenceNSIC19321618St. Paul, MinnesotaNSICstates.png
Pacific West ConferencePacWest199213 [D2 4]15Newport Beach, CaliforniaPWCstates.png
Peach Belt ConferencePBC19901415Augusta, GeorgiaPeachbeltstates.png
Pennsylvania State Athletic ConferencePSAC19511823Lock Haven, PennsylvaniaPSACstates.png
Rocky Mountain Athletic ConferenceRMAC190915 [D2 5]22Colorado Springs, ColoradoRMACstates.png
South Atlantic ConferenceSAC19751218Rock Hill, South CarolinaSAC-USA-states.png
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceSIAC19131413Tucker, GeorgiaSIACstates.png
Sunshine State ConferenceSSC19751118Orlando, FloridaSunshineconferencestates.png
  1. ^ 13 members in 2015 with addition of Cal State San Marcos.
  2. ^ 12 members in 2015 with addition of Oklahoma Baptist.
  3. ^ 11 members in 2015 with addition of Concordia (OR).
  4. ^ 14 members in 2015 with addition of Concordia (CA).
  5. ^ 16 members in 2015 with addition of Westminster (UT).

Single-sport conferences[edit]

Appalachian Swimming ConferenceASC ?6 (men)
6 (women)
swimming ?ASCstates.png
Bluegrass Mountain ConferenceBMC200010 (men)
11 (women)
swimmingSpartanburg, South CarolinaBMC swim states.png
ECAC Division II Field Hockey LeagueECAC20144field hockeyCenterville, Massachusetts
ECAC Division II Lacrosse LeagueECAC20138 [SD2 1]men's lacrosseCenterville, MassachusettsECACDIILax-USA-states.png
New South Intercollegiate Swim ConferenceNSISC19954 (men)
8 (women)
swimming ?NSISC swim states.png
Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive ConferencePCSC20035 (men)
8 (women)
swimming ?PacificCollegiateSwim.png
Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse AssociationWILA20104men's lacrosseAlamosa, ColoradoWILADIILax-USA-states.png
  1. ^ 9 members in 2015 with addition of Indianapolis.

Other sports[edit]

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

Central Intercollegiate Athletic AssociationCIAA191211bowlingHampton, VirginiaCentral Intercollegiate Athletic Association, coverage map.png
Conference CarolinasCC193010men's volleyballThomasville, North CarolinaCVACstates.PNG
Northeast-10 ConferenceNE-1019806men's ice hockeySouth Easton, MassachusettsNortheast10-USA-states.png

Division II external links[edit]

Division III[edit]

Current conferences[edit]

Allegheny Mountain Collegiate ConferenceAMCC19971016Gibsonia, PennsylvaniaALMCC-USA-states.png
American Southwest ConferenceASC19961216Richardson, TexasASW-USA-states.png
Capital Athletic ConferenceCAC19891021Hollywood, 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 ConferenceTCCC19841015Springfield, 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 ConferenceGNAC19951217Boston, MassachusettsGNEAC-USA-states.png
Great South Athletic ConferenceGSAC199986LaGrange, GeorgiaGSAC-USA-states.png
Heartland Collegiate Athletic ConferenceHCAC19871016Greenwood, IndianaHeartland-USA-states.png
Division III Independents3 (football)
14 (basketball)
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceIIAC1922822Cedar Rapids, IowaIowa-USA-states.png
Landmark ConferenceLandmark2006918Madison, New JerseyLandmark-USA-states.png
Liberty LeagueLiberty19951126Canton, New YorkLiberty-USA-states.png
Little East ConferenceLEC1986819North Dartmouth, MassachusettsLEC-USA-states.png
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic ConferenceMASCAC1971816Westfield, MassachusettsMASAC-USA-states.png
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic AssociationMIAA1888920Royal Oak, MichiganMIAA-USA-states.png
Middle Atlantic ConferencesMAC19121724Annville, PennsylvaniaMAC-USA-states.png
Midwest ConferenceMidwest19211120Ripon, WisconsinMidwest-USA-states.png
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceMIAC19201322St. Paul, MinnesotaMIAC-USA-states.png
New England Collegiate ConferenceNECC20081016Attleboro, MassachusettsNECC-USA.png
New England Football ConferenceNEFC196581 ??NEFC-USA-states.png
New England Small College Athletic ConferenceNESCAC19711126Hadley, MassachusettsNESCAC-USA-states.png
New England Women's and Men's Athletic ConferenceNEWMAC19981119Wellesley, MassachusettsNEWAMC-USA-states.png
New Jersey Athletic ConferenceNJAC19851018Pitman, New JerseyNJAC-USA-states.png
North Atlantic ConferenceNAC19961015Whitingham, VermontNAC-USA-states.PNG
North Coast Athletic ConferenceNCAC19831023Westlake, OhioNCAC-USA-states.png
North Eastern Athletic ConferenceNEAC20041417Gansevoort, New YorkNEAC-USA-states.png
Northern Athletics Collegiate ConferenceNACC20061218Waukesha, WisconsinCCIW-USA-states.png
Northwest ConferenceNWC1926918Seattle, WashingtonNWC-USA-states.png
Ohio Athletic ConferenceOAC19021023Austintown, 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 ConferenceSCIAC1915921Los 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 ConferenceSLIAC19891014St. Louis, MissouriSLIAC-USA-states.png
University Athletic AssociationUAA1986822Rochester, New YorkUAA-USA-states.png
Upper Midwest Athletic ConferenceUMAC19728 [D3 1]15St. Paul, MinnesotaUpper Midwest Athletic Conference Map.svg
USA South Athletic ConferenceUSA South19651314Fayetteville, North CarolinaUSASouth-USA-states.png
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceWIAC19139 [D3 2]22Madison, WisconsinWIAC-USA-states.png
  1. ^ 9 members in 2015 with addition of Wisconsin–Superior
  2. ^ 8 members in 2015 with loss of Wisconsin–Superior

Single-sport conferences[edit]

Continental Volleyball ConferenceCVC20117Men's volleyballMadison, New Jersey
ECAC EastECAC-E10 (men)
14 (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-W6 (men)
10 (women)
Ice hockeyCenterville, MassachusettsMap - College Hockey - D3 - ECAC West states.svg
Midwest Collegiate Volleyball LeagueMCVL20148 [SSD3 1]Men's volleyballNaperville, Illinois
Midwest Lacrosse ConferenceMLC20097Men's lacrosseWaukesha, Wisconsin
Midwest Women's Lacrosse ConferenceMWLC20108Women's LacrosseWaukesha, Wisconsin
Northern Collegiate Hockey AssociationNCHA198110 (men)
7 (women)
Ice hockeyWaukesha, WisconsinMap - College Hockey - D3 - NCHA states.svg
Ohio River Lacrosse ConferenceORLC20147 (men)
10 (women)
LacrosseGreenwood, Indiana
United Volleyball ConferenceUVC20109Men's volleyballRochester, New York
  1. ^ 14 members in 2015 with addition of Adrian, Greenville, Marian (WI), North Central, Olivet, and Wittenberg

Defunct NCAA conferences[edit]

America Sky ConferenceDivision I20072014Men's golf conference absorbed by the Big Sky Conference.[1]
American Lacrosse ConferenceDivision I20012014Women'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. A fifth school announced it would go independent, and the other two members became Big East affiliates.
American South ConferenceDivision I19871991Merged with the Sun Belt Conference. The new conference used the Sun Belt name.[2]
Atlantic Central Football ConferenceDivision III19972010Disbanded
Atlantic Soccer ConferenceDivision I20002012Disbanded
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 I19071996Initially 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 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 II19942013Men'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*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.
ECAC Lacrosse LeagueDivision I19992014Men'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.
Freedom Football ConferenceDivision III19922003Disbanded
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. 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 Western Lacrosse LeagueDivision I19932010Members joined the ECAC Lacrosse League (see above).
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
Indiana Intercollegiate ConferenceDivision II19221950Disbanded
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 III19982013Absorbed 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 I19821988Women's-only conference (not to be confused with the modern Mountain West Conference) absorbed by the Big Sky Conference.
National Lacrosse ConferenceDivision I20082012Disbanded 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.
Northern Sun ConferenceDivision II19791992Women's-only conference that merged with the men's Northern Intercollegiate Conference, forming the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
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 joined the WAC 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.

Northern Pacific Field Hockey ConferenceDivision I19822015Field hockey-only conference set to disband 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), will become America East affiliates in 2015.


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