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American Midwest Conference
American Midwest Conference logo.svg
FormerlyShow-Me Conference (1986–1994)
CommissionerWill Wolper
Sports fielded
  • 17
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 9
No. of teams11 (10 in 2023)
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
RegionMidwest and South
Location of teams in (({title))}

The American Midwest Conference (AMC) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) with 10 member institutions located in Arkansas and Missouri in the United States.


The conference began as the Show-Me Conference in 1986, then changed to its current name in 1994, reflecting that its footprint had expanded beyond Missouri.

Chronological timeline

Member schools

Current members

The American Midwest currently has 11 full members, all but one are private schools:
Departing members are highlighted in pink.

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined
Central Baptist College Conway, Arkansas 1952 Baptist Missionary 739 Mustangs 2015
Columbia College Columbia, Missouri 1851 Nonsectarian 4,000 Cougars 1986
Cottey College[a] Nevada, Missouri 1884 Nonsectarian 300 Comets 2022[2]
Hannibal–LaGrange University Hannibal, Missouri 1858 Southern Baptist 1,200 Trojans 1986
Harris–Stowe State University St. Louis, Missouri 1857 Public 1,900 Hornets 1986
Lyon College Batesville, Arkansas 1872 Presbyterian
700 Scots 2012
Missouri Baptist University Creve Coeur, Missouri 1828 Southern Baptist 2,800 Spartans 1986
University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1864 Nonsectarian 1,260 Eutectics 2014
Stephens College[a] Columbia, Missouri 1833 Nonsectarian 754 Stars 2008
William Woods University[b] Fulton, Missouri 1870 Disciples of Christ 2,300 Owls 1993
Williams Baptist University Walnut Ridge, Arkansas 1941 Baptist 700 Eagles &
Lady Eagles
  1. ^ a b This institution is a women's college, therefore it does not field men's sports.
  2. ^ This institution is a former women's college, which has eventually turned into a co-educational college (William Woods since 1997–98).

Former members

The American Midwest had ten former full members, all but one were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affilation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Subsequent
Benedictine University at Springfield Springfield, Illinois 1927 Catholic
N/A Bulldogs 2011[a] 2015 Discontinued athletics Closed in 2018
Fontbonne College[b] Clayton, Missouri 1923 Catholic
2,900 Griffins 1986 1990 St. Louis (SLIAC)[c]
Freed–Hardeman University Henderson, Tennessee 1869 Churches of Christ 2,050+ Lions 2013 2020 Mid-South (MSC)
University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, Illinois 1969 Public 2,654 Prairie Stars 2003 2009 Great Lakes Valley (GLVC)[c]
Iowa Wesleyan College[d] Mount Pleasant, Iowa 1842 United Methodist 570 Tigers 1993 1995 various[f] Continental
Lindenwood University[g] St. Charles, Missouri 1827 Presbyterian
4,822 Lions 1993 1996 various[h] Ohio Valley (OVC)[i]
Lindenwood University at Belleville Belleville, Illinois 2003 Presbyterian
N/A Lynx 2014 2020 Closed in 2020
McKendree University Lebanon, Illinois 1828 United Methodist 1,702 Bearcats 1987 2011 NAIA/D-II Independent
Great Lakes Valley (GLVC)[c]
Mid-Continent University Mayfield, Kentucky 1949 Baptist N/A Cougars 2013 2014 Closed in 2014
Park University Parkville, Missouri 1875 Nonsectarian 2,340 Pirates 1986;
Midlands (MCAC)
Heart of America (HAAC)
  1. ^ The Benedictine–Springfield men's and women's basketball teams joined the American Midwest a year after becoming a full member for other sports (2012–13).
  2. ^ Currently known as Fontbonne University since 2002.
  3. ^ a b c d e Currently an NCAA Division II athletic conference.
  4. ^ Currently known as Iowa Wesleyan University since 2015.
  5. ^ Currently an NCAA Division III athletic conference.
  6. ^ Iowa Wesleyan had joined the following subsequent conferences: the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) from 1995–96 to 2011–12; as an NAIA/NCAA D-III Independent during the 2012–13 school year; and the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference[e] (SLIAC) from 2013–14 to 2020–21.
  7. ^ Currently known as Lindenwood University since 1997.
  8. ^ Lindenwood had joined the following subsequent conferences: the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) from 1996–97 to 2010–11; as an NCAA D-II Independent during the 2011–12 school year; the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association[c] (MIAA) from 2012–13 to 2018–19; and the Great Lakes Valley Conference[c] (GLVC) from 2019–20 to 2021–22.
  9. ^ Currently an NCAA Division I athletic conference.

Former associate members

The American Midwest had two former associate members, both were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left AMC
Calumet College of St. Joseph Whiting, Indiana 1951 Catholic
1,292 Crimson Wave 2017–18 2021–22 men's wrestling Chicagoland (CCAC)
Lincoln College Lincoln, Illinois 1865 Nonsectarian 800 Lynx 2020–21 2021–22 N/A in 2022[a]
Marian University Indianapolis, Indiana 1851 Catholic
3,595 Knights 2017–18 2019–20 Crossroads
  1. ^ Lincoln (Ill.) had announced that it would close after the 2021–22 school year, therefore it would discontinue its athletic program.

Membership timeline

Cottey CollegeLincoln College (Illinois)Marian University (Ind.)Calumet College of St. JosephCentral Baptist CollegeUniversity of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. LouisLindenwood University – BellevilleMid-Continent UniversityMid-South ConferenceFreed–Hardeman UniversityNAIA Division III independent schoolsLyon CollegeBenedictine University at SpringfieldStephens CollegeGreat Lakes Valley ConferenceUniversity of Illinois SpringfieldWilliams Baptist UniversityWilliams Woods UniversityOhio Valley ConferenceGreat Lakes Valley ConferenceMid-America Intercollegiate Athletics AssociationNCAA D-II independent schoolsHeart of America Athletic ConferenceLindenwood UniversityNAIA independent schoolsSt. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceNCAA D-III independent schoolsMidwest Collegiate ConferenceIowa Wesleyan UniversityGreat Lakes Valley ConferenceNCAA D-II independent schoolsMcKendree UniversityHeart of America Athletic ConferenceMidlands Collegiate Athletic ConferencePark UniversityMissouri Baptist UniversityHarris–Stowe State UniversityHannibal–La Grange UniversitySt. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic ConferenceFontbonne UniversityColumbia College (Missouri)

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Conference sports
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Track & Field Indoor Green tickY Green tickY
Track & Field Outdoor Green tickY Green tickY
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Wrestling Green tickY


  1. ^ Lyon College enters NCAA Div. III in SLIAC | News |
  2. ^ "Cottey College Joins the American Midwest Conference". American Midwest Conference. November 16, 2021. Retrieved December 26, 2021.