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Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
DivisionDivision III
Sports fielded21 (men's: 10; women's: 11)
RegionSouthern California
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
CommissionerLorin Huffman

The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) is a college athletic conference that operates in the NCAA's Division III. The conference was founded in 1915 and it consists of twelve small private schools which are located in Southern California and organized into nine athletic programs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer are combined teams for sports purposes.

The SCIAC currently sponsors men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, women's volleyball and men's and women's water polo.


Location of SCIAC Schools



Old SCIAC logo

The SCIAC was founded in 1915 with five member schools with the goals to promote amateurism in athletics. The five founding members, all of whom are still members, are California Institute of Technology, Occidental College, Pomona College, the University of Redlands, and Whittier College. Although all five original charter members are still affiliated with the SCIAC, only two, Occidental and Redlands, have had uninterrupted membership. The acronym SCIAC (standing for Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Council) was in use during 1913 and 1914 until that organization became the CIF Southern Section.[1]

On May 12, 2011, the SCIAC announced that Chapman University would become the ninth member, beginning with the 2011–12 academic year. The addition of Chapman marks the first expansion of the conference since California Lutheran University joined in 1991.[2] At one time, most of the colleges were the Southern California affiliates of various Christian sects such as the Quakers and the Presbyterians. Today, only California Lutheran University maintains an affiliation with a church.

There are three former members of the SCIAC: University of California, Los Angeles, San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbara. All former members now compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

Member schools

Current member schools

The member schools[3] are:

Institution Membership Location
(all in California)
Founded Type Enrollment Nickname
California Institute of Technology 1915–16 to 1932–34;
1938–39 to present
Pasadena 1891 Private 2,086 Beavers
California Lutheran University 1991–92 to present Thousand Oaks 1959 Lutheran 3,298 Kingsmen (men's)
Regals (women's)
Chapman University 1950–51 to 1951–52;
2011–12 to present
Orange 1861 Private
(historically Disciples of Christ)
6,398 Panthers
Claremont McKenna College
Harvey Mudd College
Scripps College
1976–77 to present
1947–48 to present
1958–59 to present
1976–77 to present
Stags (men's)
Athenas (women's)
University of La Verne 1926–27 to 1937–38,
1971–72 to present
La Verne 1891 Private
(historically Brethren)
1,685 Leopards
Occidental College 1915–16 to present Los Angeles 1887 Private
(historically Presbyterian)
1,839 Tigers
Pomona College
Pitzer College
1971–72 to present
1915–16 to 1933–34; 1938–39 to present
1971–72 to present
(historically Congregationalists)

University of Redlands 1915–16 to present Redlands 1907 Private
(historically Baptist)
4,400 Bulldogs
Whittier College 1915–16 to 1942–43;
1946–47 to present
Whittier 1887 Private
(historically Friends)
1,540 Poets

Former member schools

There are three schools that once participated in SCIAC athletics and no longer do so:[3]

Institution Membership Location
(all in California)
Founded Type Enrollment Nickname
University of California, Los Angeles 1920–21 to 1926–27 Los Angeles 1882 Public 39,271 Bruins
San Diego State University 1926–27 to 1938–39 San Diego 1897 Public 31,303 Aztecs
University of California, Santa Barbara
(UC Santa Barbara, UCSB)
1931–32 to 1937–38 Santa Barbara 1891 Public 22,850 Gauchos

Membership timeline

California Lutheran UniversityChapman UniversityChapman UniversityClaremont CollegesClaremont CollegesClaremont McKenna CollegeUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraUniversity of La VerneUniversity of La VerneSan Diego State UniversityUniversity of California, Los AngelesWhittier CollegeWhittier CollegeUniversity of RedlandsPitzer CollegePomona CollegePomona CollegeOccidental CollegeCalifornia Institute of TechnologyCalifornia Institute of Technology

All-sports champions

Year Overall Champion
2010 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2009 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2008 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2007 Redlands
2006 Redlands
2005 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2004 Redlands
2003 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2002 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2001 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
2000 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1999 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1998 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1997 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1996 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1995 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1994 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1993 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1992 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1991 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1990 Pomona-Pitzer
1989 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1988 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1987 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1986 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1985 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1984 Occidental
1983 Occidental
1982 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1981 Pomona-Pitzer
1980 Pomona-Pitzer
1979 Pomona-Pitzer
1978 Occidental
1977 Pomona-Pitzer
1976 Pomona-Pitzer
1975 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1974 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
1973 Redlands
1972 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps


External links

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