American Football Database
University Athletic Association
DivisionDivision III
Sports fielded22 (men's: 12; women's: 10)
RegionEastern United States
HeadquartersPittsford, New York
CommissionerDick Rasmussen (since 1987)

The University Athletic Association (UAA) is an American athletic conference that competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division III. Member teams are located in Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York. Due to the academic strength of its members colloquially, it has been called the "egghead eight." (The name "nerdy nine" was also used when Johns Hopkins was a member.)


The UAA is the only NCAA conference to have all of its member institutions affiliated with the Association of American Universities, a collection of 60 of the top research institutions in the United States, although the Big Ten Conference and Ivy League are close, with each having only one non-AAU member.[1]

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Type Undergraduate
Nickname Endowment Joined Class of 2016 Acceptance Rate
Brandeis University Waltham, Massachusetts 1948 Private 3,185 5,327 Judges $704,000,000 1987 38.6%
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1900 Private 6,178 10,875 Tartans $1,017,000,000 1986 27.1%
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio 1826 Private 4,227 9,814 Spartans $1,703,000,000 1986 48.3%
Emory University Atlanta, Georgia 1836 Private 7,441 12,755 Eagles $5,400,000,000 1986 25.9%
New York University New York, New York 1831 Private 21,638 42,189 Violets $2,827,000,000 1986 35%
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1890 Private 5,134 14,788 Maroons $6,510,000,000 1986 13.2%
University of Rochester Rochester, New York 1850 Private 5,643 9,735 Yellowjackets $1,620,000,000 1986 34%
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1853 Private 5,997 13,527 Bears $5,350,000,000 1986 15.4%

All of the universities listed above are founding members except Brandeis, which joined shortly before official competition began in October, 1987.[2] Johns Hopkins University was a founding member, but no longer participates in the UAA.

Former member

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname Current Conference
Johns Hopkins University* Baltimore, Maryland 1876 Private 19,758 1986 2001 Blue Jays Centennial

* - Johns Hopkins had dual athletic conference membership with the Centennial Conference from 1992-93 to 2000-01, then the Blue Jays left the UAA in order to fully align with the Centennial Conference.

Membership timeline

Brandeis UniversityWashington University in St. LouisUniversity of RochesterNew York UniversityJohns Hopkins UniversityEmory UniversityUniversity of ChicagoCase Western Reserve UniversityCarnegie Mellon University

Conference facilities

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arenas Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity Soccer stadium Capacity
Brandeis Non-Football School N/A Auerbach Arena 2,500 Stein Diamond 500 Gordon Field 1000
Carnegie Mellon Gesling Stadium 3,900 Skibo Gymnasium 1,500 Non-Baseball School N/A Gesling Stadium 3,900
Case Western Reserve Case Field 2,500 Horsburgh Gym 1,200 Nobby's Ballpark 500 Case Field 2,500
Emory Non-Football School N/A Woodruff P.E. Center 2,000 Chappell Park (baseball); George F. Cooper, Jr. Field (softball) Woodruff P.E. Center
New York Non-Football School N/A Coles Sports Center 1,900 Non-Baseball School N/A Gaelic Park 2,000
Chicago Stagg Field 1,650 Gerald Ratner Athletics Center 1,900 J. Kyle Anderson Field Stagg Field 1,650
Rochester* Fauver Stadium 5,000 Louis Alexander Palestra 1,889 Towers Field Fauver Stadium 5,000
Washington University Francis Field 3,300 Field House 3,000 Kelly Field

*Rochester competes in the Liberty League in football as well as numerous other sports.


The UAA sanctions competition in the following sports:



* Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon will be affiliate members of the PAC in football by 2014. Chicago and Washington will be affiliate members of the SAA in football by 2015, meaning that the UAA will cease sponsoring football.

Football champions

Year Champion(s) Conference
1990 Carnegie Mellon 4-0
1991 Carnegie Mellon 4-0
1992 Rochester 4-0
1993 Carnegie Mellon 4-0
1994 Carnegie Mellon and Washington University 3-1
1995 Carnegie Mellon and Washington University 3-1
1996 Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve and Washington University 3-1
1997 Carnegie Mellon 4-0
1998 Chicago 4-0
1999 Washington University 4-0
2000 Chicago 4-0
2001 Washington University 4-0
2002 Washington University 4-0
2003 Washington University 3-0
2004 Washington University 3-0
2005 Chicago 3-0
2006 Carnegie Mellon 3-0
2007 Case Western Reserve 3-0
2008 Case Western Reserve 3-0
2009 Case Western Reserve 3-0
2010 Chicago 3-0
2011 Case Western Reserve 3-0
2012 Washington University 3-0


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