American Football Database
Midwest Conference
DivisionDivision III
Sports fielded20 (men's: 10; women's: 10)
RegionUpper Midwest
Former namesMidwest Collegiate Athletic Conference and Midwest Athletic Conference for Women
HeadquartersRipon, Wisconsin
CommissionerChris Graham (since 2004)

The Midwest Conference (MWC) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division III. Member institutions are located in the Midwestern United States in the states of Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The Midwest Conference was created in 1994 with the merger of the Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference, which had been sponsoring men's sports since 1921, and the Midwest Athletic Conference for Women, which was formed in 1977.


The organization of the Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) was conceived at a meeting at Coe College on May 12, 1921. Charter members were Beloit College, Carleton College, Coe College, Cornell College, Knox College (Illinois) and Lawrence University. Hamline University and Millikin University joined the league in December 1921, but both of them later withdrew: Hamline after the 1929-30 academic year, and Millikin after the 1924-25 academic year, respectively.

Ripon College joined the conference in 1923, followed by Monmouth College in 1924, Grinnell College in 1940 and Lake Forest College in 1974. Illinois College and St. Norbert College joined in 1982 and Carroll University followed in 1992. Carleton withdrew following the 1982-83 academic year. St. Olaf College also competed in the conference from 1952-74, as did the University of Chicago from 1976-87. Coe and Cornell withdrew following the 1996-97 academic year with Cornell re-joining the league starting in the 2012-13 year. Macalester College will join as a football only member starting in 2014.

Member schools

Division play is used in men’s and women’s tennis, baseball and softball:

  • The North Division is represented by:
    • Beloit, Carroll, Lawrence, Ripon and St. Norbert
  • The South Division is represented by:
    • Cornell, Grinnell, Illinois College, Knox, Lake Forest and Monmouth

Current members

Institution Location
Nickname Colors Founded Type
(All Private)
North Division
Beloit College Beloit, Wisconsin
Buccaneers College Blue & Vegas Gold 1846 Private 1,301 1921
Carroll University Waukesha, Wisconsin
Pioneers (men's)
Lady Pioneers (women's)
Orange & White 1846 Presbyterian 2,789 1992
Lawrence University Appleton, Wisconsin
Vikings Blue & White 1847 Private 1,489 1921
Ripon College Ripon, Wisconsin
Red Hawks Red & White 1851 Private 967 1923
St. Norbert College De Pere, Wisconsin
Green Knights Dartmouth Green & Old Gold 1898 Catholic 2,095 1982
South Division
Cornell College Mount Vernon, Iowa
Rams Purple & White 1853 United Methodist 1,176 1921,
Grinnell College Grinnell, Iowa
Pioneers Scarlet & Black 1846 Private 1,638 1940
Illinois College Jacksonville, Illinois
Blueboys (men's)
Lady Blues (women's)
Blue & White 1829 UCC & Presbyterian 903 1982
Knox College Galesburg, Illinois
Prairie Fire Purple & Gold 1837 Private 1,399 1921
Lake Forest College Lake Forest, Illinois
Foresters Red & Black 1857 Private 1,395 1974
Monmouth College Monmouth, Illinois
Fighting Scots Red & White 1853 Presbyterian 1,300 1924

* - Cornell left the Midwest Conference to compete in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) in the 1997-98 season. The Rams re-joined the conference starting the 2012-13 season.

Future affiliate member

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined MWC Sport Primary Conference
Macalester College Saint Paul, Minnesota Scots 1874 Private 2,221 2014 football MIAC

Former members

Institution Location Nickname Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Carleton College Northfield, Minnesota Knights 1866 Private 1,750 1921 1983 MIAC
Coe College Cedar Rapids, Iowa Kohawks 1851 Private/Presbyterian 1,355 1921 1997 IIAC
Hamline University St. Paul, Minnesota Pipers 1854 Private/Methodist 1,944 1922 1930 MIAC
Millikin University Decatur, Illinois Big Blue 1901 Private/Presbyterian 2,200 1922 1925 CCIW
St. Olaf College Northfield, Minnesota Oles 1874 Private/Lutheran (ELCA) 2,900 1952 1974 MIAC
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois Maroons 1890 Research University 13,400 1976 1987 UAA

Membership timeline

Carroll UniversitySt. Nobert CollegeIllinois CollegeUniversity of ChicagoLake Forest CollegeSt. Olaf CollegeGrinnell CollegeMonmouth CollegeRipon College (Wisconsin)Millikin UniversityHamline UniversityLawrence UniversityKnox College (Illinois)Cornell CollegeCoe CollegeCarleton CollegeBeloit College





Conference facilities

School Football Field Capacity Basketball Arena Capacity Baseball Field
Beloit College Strong Stadium 3,500 Flood Arena 2,500 Ballpark at Strong Stadium
Carroll University Schneider Stadium 4,200 Van Male Arena 1,100 Frame Park
Cornell College Ash Park Stadium ???? Small Multi-Sport Center ??? Ash Park Field
Grinnell College Rosenbloom Field 5,000 Darby Gym 1,250 Grinnell Baseball Diamond
Illinois College England Stadium 3,000 Sherman Gymnasium 1,600 Joe Brooks Field
Knox College Knosher Bowl 4,000 Memorial Gym 3,000 Blodgett Field
Lake Forest College Farwell Field 1,000 Lake Forest Sports Center No Baseball Team
Lawrence University Banta Bowl 5,255 Alexander Gym 1,280 Whiting Field
Monmouth College Bobby Woll Memorial Field 2,000 Glennie Gymnasium 1,600 Glasgow Field
Ripon College Ingalls Field 3,500 Storzer Gymnasium 1,000 Francis Field
St. Norbert College Schneider Stadium 2,454 Schuldes Center 2,000 Mel Nicks Sports Complex


External links

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