Frontier Conference
Members10 (7 full, 3 associate)
Sports fielded16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)
RegionWestern United States
Region I of the NAIA
Former namesMontana Collegiate Conference (1920-35)
HeadquartersWhitefish, Montana
CommissionerKent Paulson

The Frontier Conference is a college athletic conference, founded in 1935 and affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in the northwestern United States, in the states of Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.


The Montana Collegiate Conference (MCC) was established in 1920 by the four smaller schools (Billings Poly, Carroll, Montana School of Mines, Western Montana) in the state, with Eastern Montana and Northern Montana joining once they had established athletics. The conference reestablished itself under its current moniker in November 1966, containing the same six schools until 1974. Great Falls joined that year, however would only stay for a decade. Eastern Montana (now MSU-Billings) left for the first incarnation of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 1988, leaving the Frontier at five members for another decade. The conference opened up outside of Montana for the first time in 1998, with schools from Idaho (Lewis-Clark State) and Utah (Westminster) joining. Great Falls rejoined in 1999.

Member schoolsEdit

The Frontier Conference has 5 full members with football, 2 full members without football, and 3 football-only affiliate members. Lewis–Clark State College and Great Falls do not play football. College of Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Southern Oregon are the football-only affiliates.[1]

Current membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined
Carroll College Helena, Montana 1909 1,502 Fighting Saints 1920 (MCC)
Lewis–Clark State College Lewiston, Idaho 1893 4,500 Warriors
Lady Warriors
Montana State University–Northern Havre, Montana 1929 1,207 Lights
1929 (MCC)
Montana Technological University Butte, Montana 1889 2,694 Orediggers 1920 (MCC)
University of Montana Western Dillon, Montana 1893 1,336 Bulldogs 1920 (MCC)
University of Providence1 Great Falls, Montana 1932 800 Argonauts 1974;
Rocky Mountain College Billings, Montana 1878 894 Battlin' Bears 1920 (MCC)
  1. Played as an Independent 1984-99. Known as University of Great Falls until 2017.

Affiliate membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Joined Sport Primary
Eastern Oregon University La Grande, Oregon 1929 3,743 Mountaineers 2008 football Cascade
College of Idaho Caldwell, Idaho 1891 1,010 Coyotes 2014 football Cascade
Southern Oregon University Ashland, Oregon 1872 5,696 Raiders 2012 football Cascade

Former membersEdit

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
Dickinson State University Dickinson, North Dakota 1918 Blue Hawks 2012 2014 North Star
Eastern Montana College Billings, Montana 1927 Yellowjackets 1927 1988 Great Northwest
Westminster College Salt Lake City, Utah 1875 Griffins 1998 2015 Rocky Mountain
  • Eastern Montana College — school name reflects that used during conference membership, now known as Montana State University Billings.

Membership timelineEdit

 Full member (all sports)   Full member (non-football)   Associate member (football-only) 


The Frontier Conference sponsors athletic competition in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's football, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and women's volleyball.

National ChampionshipsEdit


Montana Western won the NAIA national title in Division I Women's basketball, in 2019.

Rocky Mountain won the national title in men's basketball, NAIA Division I, in 2009.

Montana State-Northern won the national title in women's basketball, NAIA Division II, in 1993.

Carroll reached the semi-finals in men's basketball in 2005, as did Lewis-Clark State in women's basketball in 2001.


Carroll has won the NAIA national championship six times: four straight, from 2002–05, also in 2007 and 2010, and has been runner-up twice.

Southern Oregon won the NAIA national championship in the 2014 season.[2]

Montana Tech was the national runner-up in 1996.


Montana State-Northern has won six wrestling titles: 1991, 1992, 1998-2000, 2004, and was runner-up in 1990,1993, and 2002.

Montana Western was co-champion in 1994.

In 2014, the University of Great Falls was second and Montana State-Northern took third at the NAIA national wrestling championship.


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