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 IEdit

Football Bowl SubdivisionEdit

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
Atlantic Coast Conference ACC 1953 12[FBS 1] 25 Greensboro, North Carolina 150px
Big East Conference (1979-2013)
American Athletic Conference, 2013
Big East 1979 15[FBS 2] 24 Providence, Rhode Island 150px
Big Ten Conference Big Ten 1896 12[FBS 3] 25[FBS 4] Park Ridge, Illinois 150px
Big 12 Conference Big 12 1996 10 23 Irving, Texas 150px
Conference USA C-USA 1995 12[FBS 5] 21 Irving, Texas 150px
Division I FBS Independents 4[FBS 6] 1 150px
Mid-American Conference MAC 1946 12[FBS 7] 23 Cleveland, Ohio 150px
Mountain West Conference MW / MWC 1999 9[FBS 8] 18 Colorado Springs, Colorado 150px
Pacific-12 Conference Pac-12 1915[FBS 9] 12 22 Walnut Creek, California 150px
Southeastern Conference SEC 1932 14 21 Birmingham, Alabama 150px
Sun Belt Conference Sun Belt 1976 11[FBS 10] 19 New Orleans, Louisiana 150px
Western Athletic Conference WAC 1962 10[FBS 11] 19[FBS 12] Greenwood Village, Colorado 150px

Football Championship SubdivisionEdit

Conference Nickname Founded Full Members Sports Headquarters Map
Big Sky Conference Big Sky / BSC 1963 11[FCS 1] 15 Ogden, Utah 150px
Big South Conference Big South 1983 12[FCS 2] 19 Charlotte, North Carolina 150px
Colonial Athletic Association CAA 1983 11[FCS 3] 25 Richmond, Virginia 150px
Division I FCS Independents 2[FCS 4] 1 150px
Ivy League Ivy League 1954 8 33 Princeton, New Jersey 150px
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference MEAC 1970 13 15 Virginia Beach, Virginia 150px
Missouri Valley Football Conference MVFC 1985[FCS 5] 10 1 St. Louis, Missouri 150px
Northeast Conference NEC 1981 12[FCS 6] 23 Somerset, New Jersey 150px
Ohio Valley Conference OVC 1948 12[FCS 7] 19 Brentwood, Tennessee 150px
Patriot League Patriot 1986 8[FCS 8] 21 Center Valley, Pennsylvania 150px
Pioneer Football League PFL 1991 10[FCS 9] 1 St. Louis, Missouri 150px
Southern Conference SoCon 1921 12[FCS 10] 19 Spartanburg, South Carolina 150px
Southland Conference Southland 1963 10[FCS 11] 16 Frisco, Texas 150px
Southwestern Athletic Conference SWAC 1920 10 18 Birmingham, Alabama 150px

Non-football, multi-sport conferencesEdit

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
America East Conference America East 1979 9[NF 1] 19 Boston, Massachusetts 150px
Atlantic Sun Conference A-Sun 1978 10 19[NF 2] Macon, Georgia 150px
Atlantic 10 Conference A-10 1975 16[NF 3] 21 Newport News, Virginia 150px
Big East Conference Big East 2013 10 TBA 150px
Big West Conference Big West / BWC 1969 10[NF 4] 20 Irvine, California 150px
Great West Conference Great West 2004 5[NF 5] 16 Elmhurst, Illinois 150px
Horizon League Horizon 1979 9 19 Indianapolis, Indiana 150px
NCAA Division I Independent schools 2[NF 6] 150px
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference MAAC 1980 10[NF 7] 24 Edison, New Jersey 150px
Missouri Valley Conference MVC / Valley 1907 10[NF 8] 19 St. Louis, Missouri 150px
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation MPSF 1992 43[NF 9] 11 Woodland, California 150px
The Summit League The Summit 1982 9[NF 10] 19 Elmhurst, Illinois 150px
West Coast Conference WCC 1952 9[NF 11] 13[NF 12] San Bruno, California 150px

Ice hockey conferencesEdit

Conference Nickname Founded Members (Men/Women) Headquarters Map
Atlantic Hockey Atlantic Hockey 1997 12 (12/none)[IH 1] Haverhill, Massachusetts 150px
Central Collegiate Hockey Association[IH 2] CCHA 1972 11 (11/none) Farmington Hills, Michigan 150px
College Hockey America CHA 2000 6 (none/6) Haverhill, Massachusetts 150px
ECAC Hockey ECAC 1962 12 (12/12) Albany, New York 150px
Hockey East Hockey East 1984 11 (10/8)[IH 3] Wakefield, Massachusetts 150px
Western Collegiate Hockey Association WCHA 1951 13 (12/8)[IH 4] Denver, Colorado 150px
Independents 3 (2/1)[IH 5] 150px

Future ice hockey conferenceEdit

Conference Nickname Founded Members (Men/Women) Headquarters Map
National Collegiate Hockey Conference NCHC 2011 8 (8/none) [FH 1] Colorado Springs, Colorado 150px

Other single-sport conferencesEdit

This list includes conferences in sports that the NCAA does not fully split into divisions, such as men's volleyball and rifle.

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
American Lacrosse Conference ALC 2001 6 1 (women's lacrosse) Athens, Ohio
Coastal Collegiate Swim Association CCSA 2008 12 1 (swimming) Charlotte, North Carolina
Collegiate Water Polo Association CWPA 1970s 25 1 (water polo) Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
ECAC Lacrosse League ECAC 2000 7 [SS 1] 1 (men's lacrosse) Centerville, Massachusetts 150px
East Atlantic Gymnastics League EAGL 1995 7 1 (gymnastics)  ?
Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges EARC  ? 17 1 (rowing) Centerville, Massachusetts
Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League EIGL  ? 7 1 (gymnastics) Centerville, Massachusetts
Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association EISA  ? 12 1 (skiing)  ?
Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association EIVA 1977 8 1 (men's volleyball) Centerville, Massachusetts
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association EIWA 1905 19 1 (wrestling)  ?
Eastern Wrestling League EWL 1976 6 1 (wrestling)  ?
Great America Rifle Conference GARC  ? 7 1 (rifle)  ?
Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association MIVA 1961 8 1 (men's volleyball) Columbus, Ohio
Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference NorPac 1982 9 1 (field hockey)  ?
Pacific Coast Softball Conference PCSC 2002 7 [SS 2] 1 (softball)  ?
Pacific Coast Swim Conference PCSL 2002 16 1 (swimming)  ?
Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association RMISA  ? 8 1 (skiing)  ?
Western Water Polo Association WWPA  ? 20 1 (water polo)  ?
Western Wrestling Conference WWC 2006 6 1 (wrestling) Cedar Falls, Iowa

Division IIEdit

Current conferencesEdit

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
California Collegiate Athletic Association CCAA 1938 12 12 Walnut Creek, California 150px
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference CACC 1961 14 13 New Haven, Connecticut 150px
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association CIAA 1912 12 15 Hampton, Virginia 150px
Conference Carolinas CC 1930 12 [D2 1] 19 Thomasville, North Carolina 150px
East Coast Conference ECC 1989 10 [D2 2] 13 Central Islip, New York 150px
Great American Conference GAC 2011 11 13 Russellville, Arkansas 150px
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference GLIAC 1972 16 22 Bay City, Michigan 150px
Great Lakes Valley Conference GLVC 1978 15 [D2 3] 18 [D2 4] Indianapolis, Indiana 150px
Great Midwest Athletic Conference G-MAC 2011 6 [D2 5] 12 Greenwood, Indiana 150px
Great Northwest Athletic Conference GNAC 2001 10 15 Spokane, Washington 150px
Gulf South Conference GSC 1970 10 [D2 6] 14 Birmingham, Alabama 150px
Heartland Conference Heartland 1999 10 [D2 7] 13 Waco, Texas 150px
Lone Star Conference LSC 1931 11 [D2 8] 18 Richardson, Texas 150px
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association MIAA 1912 15 [D2 9] 19 Kansas City, Missouri 150px
NCAA Division II Independent schools 1 (all sports)
6 (football only)
5 (non-football) [D2 10] [D2 11]
Northeast-10 Conference NE-10 1980 16 [D2 12] 22 South Easton, Massachusetts 150px
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference NSIC 1932 16 18 St. Paul, Minnesota 150px
Pacific West Conference PacWest 1992 14 [D2 13] 15 Queen Creek, Arizona 150px
Peach Belt Conference PBC 1990 14 13 Augusta, Georgia 150px
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference PSAC 1951 16 [D2 14] 23 Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 150px
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference RMAC 1909 14 21 Colorado Springs, Colorado 150px
South Atlantic Conference SAC 1975 10 [D2 15] 14 [D2 16] Rock Hill, South Carolina 150px
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SIAC 1913 13 13 Tucker, Georgia 150px
Sunshine State Conference SSC 1975 9 16 Orlando, Florida 150px
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference WVIAC 1924 15 [D2 17] 16 Princeton, West Virginia 150px

Future conferenceEdit

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
Mountain East Conference MEC 2012 [FD2 1] 12 16 Wheeling, West Virginia 150px

Single sport conferencesEdit

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sport Headquarters Map
Bluegrass Mountain Conference BGMC  ? 10 swimming  ?
Deep South Conference DSC 1994 9 men's lacrosse Salisbury, North Carolina
ECAC Division II Lacrosse League ECAC 2013 8 men's lacrosse Centerville, Massachusetts
Metropolitan Conference Metro  ? 8 swimming  ?
Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association WILA 2010 4 (men)
6 (women)
lacrosse Alamosa, Colorado

Division IIIEdit

Current conferencesEdit

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference AMCC 1997 10 14 Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 150px
American Southwest Conference ASC 1996 14 [D3 1] 16 Richardson, Texas 150px
Capital Athletic Conference CAC 1989 7 [D3 2] 19 Hollywood, Maryland Capital-USA-states
Centennial Conference Centennial 1981 11 24 Lancaster, Pennsylvania 150px
City University of New York Athletic Conference CUNYAC 1987 10 16 Flushing, Queens, New York 150px
College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin CCIW 1946 8 21 Naperville, Illinois 150px
Colonial States Athletic Conference CSAC 1992 12 15 Aston, Pennsylvania 150px
Commonwealth Coast Conference TCCC 1984 10 17 Springfield, Massachusetts 150px
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference ECFC 2009 8 1 Wilmington, Vermont 150px
Empire 8 E8 1964 12 22 Rochester, New York 150px
Great Northeast Athletic Conference GNAC 1995 13[D3 3] 12 Boston, Massachusetts 150px
Great South Athletic Conference GSAC 1999 8 [D3 4] 11 LaGrange, Georgia 150px
Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference HCAC 1987 10 17 Greenwood, Indiana 150px
Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference IIAC 1922 8 21 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 150px
Landmark Conference Landmark 2006 8 11 Madison, New Jersey 150px
Liberty League Liberty 1995 11 26 Canton, New York 150px
Little East Conference LEC 1986 8 19 North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 150px
Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference MASCAC 1971 8 13 [D3 5] Westfield, Massachusetts 150px
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association MIAA 1888 9 18 Royal Oak, Michigan 150px
Middle Atlantic Conferences MAC 1912 18 22 Annville, Pennsylvania 150px
Midwest Conference Midwest 1921 11 20 Ripon, Wisconsin 150px
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference MIAC 1920 13 22 St. Paul, Minnesota 150px
NCAA Division III Independent schools 2 (football)
6 (basketball)
New England Collegiate Conference NECC 2008 9 14 Attleboro, Massachusetts 150px
New England Football Conference NEFC 1965 16 [D3 6] 1 No central office 150px
New England Small College Athletic Conference NESCAC 1971 11 27 Hadley, Massachusetts 150px
New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference NEWMAC 1998 10[D3 7] 18 Wellesley, Massachusetts 150px
New Jersey Athletic Conference NJAC 1985 10 16 Pitman, New Jersey 150px
North Atlantic Conference NAC 1996 10 15 Whitingham, Vermont 150px
North Coast Athletic Conference NCAC 1983 10 22 Westlake, Ohio 150px
North Eastern Athletic Conference NEAC 2004 13[D3 8] 12 Gansevoort, New York 150px
Northern Athletics Conference NAC 2006 13 18 Waukesha, Wisconsin 150px
Northwest Conference NWC 1926 9 18 Seattle, Washington 150px
Ohio Athletic Conference OAC 1902 10 21 Austintown, Ohio 150px
Old Dominion Athletic Conference ODAC 1976 14 22 Forest, Virginia 150px
Presidents' Athletic Conference PAC 1955 10 19 Wexford, Pennsylvania 150px
Skyline Conference Skyline 1989 11 17 Lawrenceville, New Jersey 150px
Southern Athletic Association SAA 2012 8 21 Atlanta, Georgia 150px
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SCIAC 1915 8 19 Los Angeles, California 150px
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference SCAC 1962 6 [D3 9] 19 Lawrenceville, Georgia 150px
State University of New York Athletic Conference SUNYAC 1958 11 20 Fredonia, New York 150px
St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SLIAC 1989 9 13 St. Louis, Missouri 150px
University Athletic Association UAA 1986 8 22 Rochester, New York 150px
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference UMAC 1972 7 16 St. Paul, Minnesota 150px
USA South Athletic Conference USA South 1965 12 [D3 10] 14 Fayetteville, North Carolina 150px
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference WIAC 1913 9 20 Madison, Wisconsin 150px

Defunct NCAA conferencesEdit

Conference Division Founded Folded Fate
American South Conference Division I 1987 1991 Absorbed by the Sun Belt Conference
Atlantic Central Football Conference Division III 1997 2010 Disbanded
Atlantic Soccer Conference Division I 2000 2011 Disbanded
Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference Division III 1995 2007 Disbanded
Big Eight Conference Division I 1928 1996 Previously known as Big Six and Big Seven, joined 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.
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 Mid-Continent Conference
Great Lakes Football Conference Division II 2006 2011 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 Western Lacrosse League Division I 1993 2010 Members joined the ECAC Lacrosse League
Gulf Coast Conference College Division 1949 1957 Disbanded
High Country Athletic Conference Division I  ??? 1990 Women's-only conference absorbed by the Western Athletic Conference.
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
Metro Conference Division I 1975 1995 Merged with Great Midwest Conference to form Conference USA
Metropolitan Collegiate Conference Division I 1965 1969 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.
Midwestern Conference Division I 1970 1973? 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.
National Lacrosse Conference Division I 2009 2012 Disbanded after Big South Conference and Atlantic Sun 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.
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. Member schools now play men's volleyball as either full or affiliate members of all-sports conferences.
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  ? 2007 Merged with the Lake Michigan Conference to form the Northern Athletics 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.
Pacific Coast Conference Division I 1915 1959 Forerunner to the Pac-12, disbanded due to scandal and infighting
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
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.
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.

Conferences set to disbandEdit

This list is reserved for conferences that are known to be disbanding in the near future. Entries should be moved to the list of defunct conferences once they have completed their final seasons.

Conference Division Sports Founded Folded Fate
Pacific Coast Softball Conference Division I Softball 2002 2013 Set to disband due to fallout from the major 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, five of the final seven members will leave when the West Coast Conference begins sponsoring the sport, and the other two will join the WAC for all sports.
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Division II All sports 1924 2013 Set to disband after the conference's football schools announced a split from the non-football schools. Ultimately, nine of the final schools will become charter members of the Mountain East Conference, three will join the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, two will join the PSAC, and one will go Independent.

See alsoEdit

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