The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is divided into three divisions based on scholarship allocation. Each division is made up of several conferences for regional league competition. Unless otherwise noted, changes in conference affiliation will occur on July 1 of the given year.

Division I

Main articles: NCAA Division I and List of NCAA Division I institutions

Under NCAA regulations, all Division I conferences defined as "multisport conferences" must meet the following criteria:[1]

Football Bowl Subdivision

Conferences in the Football Bowl Subdivision must meet a more stringent set of NCAA requirements than other conferences. Among these additional NCAA regulations, institutions in the Football Bowl Subdivision must be "multisport conferences" and participate in conference play in at least six men's and eight women's sports, including football, men's and women's basketball, and at least two other women's team sports. Each school may count one men's and one women's sport not sponsored by its primary conference toward the above limits, as long as that sport competes in another Division I conference. The men's and women's sports so counted need not be the same sport.[2][3]

Schools in all divisions that sponsor athletic programs for only one sex/gender need only meet the sports sponsorship requirements for that sex/gender.[4]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
American Athletic Conference The American 2013[a] 11[b] 22 Irving,
Texas
American Athletic Conference map.svg
Atlantic Coast Conference ACC 1953 15[c] 27[d] Greensboro,
North Carolina
ACC overview map 2012-13a.png
Big Ten Conference Big Ten
B1G
1896 14[e] 28 Rosemont,
Illinois
Big 10 Map.svg
Big 12 Conference Big 12 1996 10[f] 23 Irving,
Texas
Big 12 Conference Map.svg
Conference USA C-USA 1995 11[g] 17 Irving,
Texas
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Division I
FBS independents
[h]
Ind. 1978 7[i] 1 Indianapolis,
Indiana
NCAA Division I FBS independent schools map.svg
Mid-American Conference MAC 1946 12 24 Cleveland,
Ohio
Mac States.svg
Mountain West Conference MW
MWC
1999 11[j] 18 Colorado Springs,
Colorado
Mountain West for 2012-13.png
Pac-12 Conference Pac-12 1959[k] 12[l] 24[m] San Francisco,
California
Pac-12 Conference states.svg
Southeastern Conference SEC 1932 14[n] 21 Birmingham,
Alabama
SEC-USA-states2011.png
Sun Belt Conference SBC 1976 14 18[o] New Orleans,
Louisiana
Sun Belt states map updated 2022.png
  1. ^ Known as Big East Conference prior to 2013.
  2. ^ 11 full members with Wichita State as a non-football member; 11 football members with Navy as a football-only affiliate.
    • 14 full members and 14 football members in 2023 with loss of Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF, plus addition of Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB, and UTSA.
  3. ^ 15 members, 14 football members. Notre Dame football is an FBS independent, but has a substantial cross-scheduling agreement with the ACC.
  4. ^ 26 sports by NCAA count. The ACC sponsors separate championships for men's and women's fencing, which the NCAA considers to be a single sport.
    • 28 sports (27 by NCAA count) in 2023 with addition of women's gymnastics.
  5. ^ 16 members in 2024 with addition of UCLA and USC.
  6. ^ As many as 14 members in 2023 with addition of BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and UCF.
    • 12 members no later than 2025 with loss of Oklahoma and Texas.
  7. ^ 9 members in 2023 with addition of Jacksonville State, Liberty, New Mexico State, and Sam Houston, and loss of Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB, and UTSA.
    • 10 members in 2024 with addition of Kennesaw State.
  8. ^ Note that "independents" is not a conference; it is simply a designation used for schools whose football programs do not play in any conference. All of these schools have conference memberships for other sports.
  9. ^ 5 independents in 2023 with BYU joining the Big 12 Conference, Kennesaw State coming from the ASUN Conference, and Liberty and New Mexico State transferring to Conference USA.
    • 4 independents in 2024 with Kennesaw State moving to Conference USA.
  10. ^ 11 members (12 football) with Hawaii as a football-only affiliate.
  11. ^ Pacific Coast Conference chartered in 1915; current charter formed 1959 by five former PCC members, with three others joining by 1964.
  12. ^ 10 members in 2024 with loss of UCLA and USC.
  13. ^ 23 NCAA-sanctioned sports plus men's rowing; the NCAA governs women's rowing but not men's.
  14. ^ 16 members no later than 2025 with addition of Oklahoma and Texas.
  15. ^ 20 sports no later than 2023 with addition of beach volleyball and women's swimming & diving.
    • Possibility of 21 sports with potential addition of field hockey at an indeterminate date.

Football Championship Subdivision

In addition to competing in football, multisport conferences in the Football Championship Subdivision must still meet the general NCAA Division I requirements regarding the minimum number of men's and women's sports (see above).[1]

Conference Nickname Founded Full Members Sports Headquarters Map
ASUN Conference ASUN 1978 14[a] 21 Atlanta, Georgia
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Big Sky Conference Big Sky, BSC 1963 10[b] 16 Ogden, Utah
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Big South Conference Big South 1983 10[c] 19[d] Charlotte, North Carolina
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Colonial Athletic Association CAA 1983 13[e] 21[f] Richmond, Virginia
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Division I FCS Independents[g] 0 1
Ivy League Ivy League 1954[h] 8 32[i] Princeton, New Jersey
Ivy League Map.svg
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference MEAC 1970 8[j] 14 Norfolk, Virginia
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Missouri Valley Football Conference MVFC 1985[k] 11[l] 1 St. Louis, Missouri
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Northeast Conference NEC 1981 10[m] 24 Somerset, New Jersey
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Ohio Valley Conference OVC 1948 10[n] 18[o] Brentwood, Tennessee
Ohio Valley Conference Map.svg
Patriot League Patriot 1986 10[p] 24 Center Valley, Pennsylvania
Patriot League Map.svg
Pioneer Football League PFL 1991 11 1 St. Louis, Missouri
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Southern Conference SoCon 1921 10[q] 20 Spartanburg, South Carolina
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Southland Conference Southland
SLC
1963 10[r] 18 Frisco, Texas
Southland Conference Map.svg
Southwestern Athletic Conference SWAC 1920 12 18 Birmingham, Alabama
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Western Athletic Conference WAC 1962 14[s] 20 Englewood, Colorado
Map - Western Athletic Conference.svg
  1. ^ 14 full members, 6 football members.
    • In the 2022 football season, the five playoff-eligible members (Austin Peay, Central Arkansas, Eastern Kentucky, Kennesaw State, and North Alabama) are competing in a football-only partnership with the Western Athletic Conference for a single automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, although the ASUN and WAC have separate conference schedules.
    • 12 full members and 4 football members in 2023 with loss of Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State in football only, and non-football member Liberty.
    • 11 full members in 2024 with loss of Kennesaw State in other sports.
  2. ^ 10 full members and 12 football members with Cal Poly and UC Davis as football-only affiliates.
  3. ^ 10 full members and 6 football members.
    • 9 full members and 4 football members in 2023 with loss of Campbell and football-only affiliate North Carolina A&T.
    • The Big South football league will merge with that of the Ohio Valley Conference in 2023.
  4. ^ Possibility of 18 sports in 2023, depending on organizational details of the upcoming Big South–OVC football merger.
  5. ^ 13 full members; 13 members in the CAA-administered but legally separate entity of CAA Football with Charleston, Drexel, Hofstra, North Carolina A&T, Northeastern, and UNC Wilmington as non-football members and with Albany, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Richmond, and Villanova as football affiliates.
    • 14 full members, 15 football members in 2023 with addition of Campbell to both sides of the league and North Carolina A&T to CAA Football.
  6. ^ 21 sports under CAA administration, with CAA Football as a legally separate entity from the all-sports CAA.
  7. ^ Note that "Independents" is not a conference; it is simply a designation used for schools whose football programs do not play in any conference. These schools have conference memberships for other sports.
  8. ^ While the Ivy League considers its athletic conference to have been established in 1954, the history of the athletic league can be traced back decades earlier:
    • In 1901, the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League (EIBL) was formed by five schools that would later become part of the current Ivy League; the EIBL membership eventually became identical to that of the future all-sports league. The EIBL was directly absorbed into the all-sports Ivy League, which considers the EIBL to be part of its history.
    • In 1945, the Ivy Group Agreement, which governed competition and policies among the Ivy schools in football, was signed by all eight schools that eventually formed the all-sports league.
    • The official formation of the athletic Ivy League came in 1954, when the Ivy Group Agreement was extended to cover all sports.
    For more details, see the section on the history of the athletic Ivy League.
  9. ^ The Ivy League, by NCAA count, sponsors 28 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The Ivy League awards separate men's and women's fencing championships, while the NCAA considers fencing a single coeducational sport. Additionally, the Ivy League sponsors championships in the non-NCAA sports of men's rowing plus men's and women's squash.
  10. ^ 8 full members, 6 football members.
  11. ^ While the MVFC began football competition in 1985, the conference charter dates to 1982. See History of the Missouri Valley Football Conference for more details.
  12. ^ 12 members in 2023 with addition of Murray State.
  13. ^ 9 full members, 8 football members with Fairleigh Dickinson and St. Francis Brooklyn as non-football members and with Duquesne as a football-only affiliate.
  14. ^ 10 full members, 7 football members (one full member, Morehead State, plays football outside the OVC in the Pioneer Football League).
    • 10 full members, 6 football members in 2023 with loss of football-affiliate Murray State.
    • The OVC football league will merge with that of the Big South Conference in 2023.
  15. ^ Possibility of 17 sports in 2023, depending on organizational details of the upcoming Big South–OVC football merger.
  16. ^ 10 full members and 7 football members with Army, Navy, American, Boston, and Loyola (MD) as non-football members (Army and Navy both competes in FBS football) and with Fordham and Georgetown as football-only affiliates.
  17. ^ 10 full members, 9 football members.
  18. ^ 10 full members, 8 football members.
  19. ^ 13 members and 6 football members, with full member New Mexico State playing football as an FBS independent.
    • In the 2022 football season, the WAC's three playoff-eligible members (Abilene Christian, Southern Utah, and Stephen F. Austin) will compete in a football-only partnership with the ASUN Conference for a single automatic berth to the FCS playoffs, although both conferences will have separate schedules.
    • 11 members and 5 football members in 2023 with loss of non-football member New Mexico State and football-sponsoring Sam Houston.
    • 6 football members by 2025 with addition of football by current full member UTRGV.

Non-football, multi-sport conferences

Multisport conferences that do not compete in football must still meet the general NCAA Division I requirements regarding the minimum number of men's and women's sports (see above).[1]

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
America East Conference America East
AmEast
1979 9 18 Boston, Massachusetts
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Atlantic 10 Conference A-10 1975 15 22 Newport News, Virginia
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Big East Conference Big East 1979[a] 11 23[b] New York City, New York
Big East Conference states map.svg
Big West Conference Big West
BWC
1969 11 18 Irvine, California
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Coastal Collegiate Sports Association CCSA 2008 16[c] 3[d] Macon, Georgia
Coastal Collegiate Sports Association map.png
Horizon League Horizon 1979 11 19 Indianapolis, Indiana
Updated HL Map.png
Independents 2[e]
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference MAAC 1980 11 25[f] Edison, New Jersey
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference map.svg
Missouri Valley Conference MVC
The Valley
1907 12 17 St. Louis, Missouri
Missouri Valley Conference map.svg
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation MPSF 1992 38 10 Woodland, California
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation map.svg
Summit League The Summit 1982 10 19 Sioux Falls, South Dakota
The Summit League map.svg
West Coast Conference WCC 1952 10[g] 15[h] San Bruno, California
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  1. ^ Although the charter of the current Big East dates only to the 2013 split of the original Big East, both the current Big East and the American Athletic Conference claim 1979 as their founding dates. The current Big East maintains the pre-split history of the original conference in all sports that it sponsors. In football and rowing, the two sports that are sponsored by The American but not the current Big East, neither conference recognizes the history of the original Big East.
  2. ^ 22 NCAA-sanctioned sports, plus the non-NCAA and fully coeducational esports.
  3. ^ Total conference membership; no more than 9 schools compete in any one of the CCSA's three sports.
    • 14 members in 2023, with Georgia Southern moving it's women's swimming & diving program to the Sun Belt Conference and Campbell moving it's women's swimming & diving to the CAA.
    • No more than 7 schools will compete in any one of the CCSA's three sports in 2023.
  4. ^ Sponsors only men's and women's swimming & diving, plus beach volleyball.
  5. ^ Chicago State and Hartford.
  6. ^ 23 NCAA-sanctioned sports plus two non-NCAA sports—men's rowing, and Esports, which are fully coeducational.
  7. ^ 9 members in 2023 with loss of BYU.
  8. ^ 16 sports in 2023 with addition of men's water polo.

Ice hockey conferences

See also: List of NCAA Division I ice hockey programs

Division I ice hockey has a different conference structure than the above multisport conferences. These schools have memberships in other conferences for other sports.

Conference Nickname Founded Members (Men/Women) Headquarters Map
Atlantic Hockey Atlantic Hockey
AHA
1997 10 (10/none)[a] Haverhill, Massachusetts
Map - College Hockey - Atlantic Hockey states.svg
Central Collegiate Hockey Association CCHA 2020[b] 8 (8/none)[c] Farmington Hills, Michigan
College Hockey America CHA 1999[d] 5 (none/5)[e] Haverhill, Massachusetts
Map - College Hockey - College Hockey America states.svg
ECAC Hockey ECAC 1962 12 (12/12) Albany, New York
Map - College Hockey - ECAC Hockey states.svg
Hockey East Hockey East
HEA
1984 12 (11/10) Wakefield, Massachusetts
Map - College Hockey - Hockey East states.svg
Independents 6 (6/none)
Map - College Hockey - Independents states.svg
New England Women's Hockey Alliance NEWHA 2018[f] 7 (none/7)[g] Winthrop, Massachusetts
National Collegiate Hockey Conference NCHC 2011[h] 8 (8/none) Colorado Springs, Colorado
NCHC states.svg
Western Collegiate Hockey Association WCHA 1951[i] 8 (none/8) Edina, Minnesota
Map - College Hockey - WCHA states.svg
  1. ^ 11 men's teams in 2023 with return of Robert Morris after reinstating hockey.
  2. ^ Founded in 2020, with play starting in 2021, as the revival of an earlier CCHA that existed from 1971 to 2013; the current CCHA considers itself a continuation of the original. Bowling Green, which was a member of the original CCHA for its entire existence and is a charter member of the revived conference, maintained rights to the league name.
  3. ^ 9 members in 2023 with addition of Augustana (SD).
  4. ^ College Hockey America was formed in 1999 as a men's-only conference; women's play began in 2002. The men's side of CHA folded after the 2009–10 season.
  5. ^ 6 women's teams in 2023 with return of Robert Morris after reinstating hockey.
  6. ^ Established as a scheduling alliance in 2017, officially organized as a conference in 2018, and officially recognized by the NCAA in 2019.
  7. ^ Technically 8 members in the 2022–23 season; Assumption joined for administrative purposes in 2022 but will not start varsity play until the 2023–24 season.
  8. ^ Although founded in 2011, the NCHC did not begin play until 2013.
  9. ^ Founded in 1951 as a men's-only conference; women's play began in 1999. The men's side of the WCHA folded after the 2020–21 season, with most of its members forming the revived CCHA.

Other single-sport conferences

This list includes conferences in sports that the NCAA does not fully split into divisions, such as men's volleyball and rifle. Sports in which the NCAA sponsors separate championships for men and women are officially treated by the NCAA as two separate sports.

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
Central Collegiate Fencing Conference CCFC 6 1 (Fencing) ?
Central Collegiate Ski Association CCSA 2009 7[a] 1 (Skiing) ?
Collegiate Water Polo Association CWPA 1970s 26[b] 1 (water polo) Bridgeport, Pennsylvania
East Atlantic Gymnastics League EAGL 1995 7 1 (gymnastics) ?
Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges EARC ? 18 1 (rowing) Danbury, Connecticut
Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges map.png
Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges EAWRC ? 18 1 (rowing) Danbury, Connecticut
Eastern Association of Women
Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League EIGL ? 5 1 (gymnastics) Danbury, Connecticut
Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association EISA ? 15 1 (Skiing) ?
Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association EIVA 1977 6 1 (men's volleyball) Bronxville, New York
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association EIWA 1905 17 1 (wrestling) ?
Eastern Women's Fencing Conference EWFC 2000 7 1 (fencing) ?
EWFC map.svg
Golden Coast Conference GCC 2013[c] 6 (men)[d]
8 (women)
1 (water polo) ?
CCAAstates.png
Great America Rifle Conference GARC 1998 9 1 (rifle) ?
Intercollegiate Fencing Conference of Southern California. IFCSC 1996? 2[e] 1 (fencing) ?
IFCSC map.svg
Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Fencing Association MACFA 1952 8[f] 1 (fencing) Hackettstown, New Jersey
MACFA map.svg
Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference MAC 1978 7[g] 1 (rifle) ?
Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference MAWPC 7 1 (Water Polo) ?
Midwest Fencing Conference. MFC 1968 6[h] 1 (fencing) University of Notre Dame (?)
MFC map.svg
Midwest Independent Conference MIC ? 6 1 (women's gymnastics) UIC (?)
Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association MIVA 1961 8[i] 1 (men's volleyball) Columbus, Ohio
Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference MRGC 2013 4 1 (women's gymnastics)
National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association NIWFA 1929 10[j] 1 (fencing) ?
NIWFA map.svg
New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference NEIFC ? 8[k] 1 (fencing) ?
NEIFC map.svg
Northeast Fencing Conference NFC 1992 8[l] 1 (fencing) ?
NFC map.svg
Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference PCSC 2002 9 (men)
15 (women)
1 (swimming) ?
Patriot Rifle Conference PRC 2013 6 1 (rifle) Colorado Springs, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association RMISA 1950 6[m] 1 (Skiing) ?
Southland Bowling League SBL 2015[n] 6 1 (bowling) Frisco, Texas
Western Water Polo Association WWPA 1981 9 (men)[o]
8 (women)
1 (water polo) ?
  1. ^ There are 7 NCAA varsity members; the conference also has one junior college member.
  2. ^ 9 schools have both men's & women's varsity teams, 9 have men's varsity teams only, 8 have women's varsity teams only; additionally, there are 136 men's and 86 women's club teams.
  3. ^ Founded in 2013 as a women's-only conference; men's play added in 2016.
  4. ^ 3 men's members in 2023 with loss of Pacific, Pepperdine, and San Jose State.
  5. ^ There are 2 varsity members; the conference also has 7 college club members.
  6. ^ There are 8 varsity members; the conference also has 7 college club members.
  7. ^ There are 7 varsity members; the conference also has 6 college club members.
  8. ^ There are 6 varsity members; the conference also has 13 college club members.
  9. ^ 9 members in 2023 with addition of Queens (NC).
  10. ^ There are 10 varsity members; the conference also has 10 college club members.
  11. ^ There are 8 varsity members; the conference also has 13 college club members.
  12. ^ There are 8 varsity members; the conference also has 5 college club members.
  13. ^ There are 6 varsity members; the conference also has 4 college club members.
  14. ^ The SBL was established during the 2014–15 school year with competition starting immediately. While the Southland Conference provides administrative support, the SBL operates separately.[5]
  15. ^ 5 men's members in 2023 with loss of Air Force, California Baptist, Loyola Marymount, and Santa Clara.

Division II

Main articles: NCAA Division II and List of NCAA Division II institutions

Among the NCAA regulations, Division II institutions have to sponsor at least five sports for men and five for women (or four for men and six for women), with two team sports for each sex, and each playing season represented by each sex. Teams that consist of both men and women are counted as men's teams for sports sponsorship purposes.[6]

Current conferences

Conferences that sponsor football are highlighted in yellow.

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
California Collegiate Athletic Association CCAA 1938 12 13 Walnut Creek, California
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Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference CACC 1961 13 16 New Haven, Connecticut
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Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association CIAA 1912 12[a] 15 Hampton, Virginia
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Conference Carolinas CC 1930 13 24 Thomasville, North Carolina
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East Coast Conference ECC 1989 10 17 Central Islip, New York
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Great American Conference GAC 2011 12 16 Russellville, Arkansas
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Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference GLIAC 1972 10[b] 21 Bay City, Michigan
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Great Lakes Valley Conference GLVC 1978 13[c] 24 Indianapolis, Indiana
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Great Midwest Athletic Conference G-MAC 2011 13[d] 23[e] Greenwood, Indiana
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Great Northwest Athletic Conference GNAC 2001 10[f] 15 Portland, Oregon
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Gulf South Conference GSC 1970 13[g] 17 Birmingham, Alabama
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Division II independents 5[h]
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Lone Star Conference LSC 1931 17[i] 18 Richardson, Texas
LSCstates.png
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association MIAA 1912 14[j] 19 Kansas City, Missouri
MIAAstates.svg
Mountain East Conference MEC 2012 12[k] 23 Bridgeport, West Virginia
MECstates.png
Northeast-10 Conference NE-10 1980 13[l] 23 Mansfield, Massachusetts
Northeast10-USA-states.png
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference NSIC 1932 16[m] 18 St. Paul, Minnesota.
NSICstates.svg
Pacific West Conference PacWest 1992 11[n] 15 Newport Beach, California
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Peach Belt Conference PBC 1990 11[o] 15 Augusta, Georgia
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Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference PSAC 1951 18[p] 23 Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
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Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference RMAC 1909 15[q] 23 Colorado Springs, Colorado
RMACstates.svg
South Atlantic Conference SAC 1975 13[r] 20 Rock Hill, South Carolina
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Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SIAC 1913 15[s] 14 Tucker, Georgia
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Sunshine State Conference SSC 1975 11 18 Melbourne, Florida
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  1. ^ 12 full members with Claflin as a non-football member; 12 football members with Chowan as a football-only affiliate.
  2. ^ 10 full members, 7 football members. Roosevelt joins for administrative purposes in 2023 but does not start G-MAC competition until 2024.
    • 11 total members and 8 football members in 2024 once Roosevelt starts GLIAC competition.
  3. ^ 13 full members, 7 football members.
  4. ^ 13 competing full members, 10 football members. Thomas More joined for administrative purposes in 2022 but does not start G-MAC competition until 2023.
    • 14 total members and 11 football members in 2023 once Thomas More starts G-MAC competition.
  5. ^ Emerging sport wrestling included.
  6. ^ 10 full members, 3 football members. The football members compete in the Lone Star Conference as affiliate members.
  7. ^ 13 full members, 9 football members with North Greenville as a football-only affiliate.
  8. ^ 5 all-sports independents, 2 football independents [1 football independent is a full member of a non-football conference (Post) and Bluefield State is independent in all-sports with football included].
  9. ^ 17 full members, 11 football members with Central Washington, Simon Fraser, and Western Oregon as football-only affiliates.
  10. ^ 14 full members, 12 football members.
  11. ^ 12 full members with Davis & Elkins as a non-football member; 12 football members with UNC Pembroke as a football affiliate.
  12. ^ 13 full members, 8 football members.
  13. ^ 16 full members, 14 football members.
  14. ^ Westmont does not start PacWest competition until 2023.
    • 12 members in 2023 once Westmont starts PacWest competition.
  15. ^ 11th member USC Beaufort does not start PBC competition until 2023.
  16. ^ 18 full members, 16 football members.
  17. ^ 15 full members, 10 football members.
  18. ^ 13 full members, with Anderson (SC), Coker, and Lincoln Memorial as non-football members; 12 football members with Barton and Erskine as football affiliates.
    • 13 football members no later than 2024 with addition of football by current full member Anderson (SC).
  19. ^ 15 full members, 13 football members.

Single-sport conferences

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sport Headquarters Map
Appalachian Swimming Conference ASC ? 6 (men)
4 (women)
swimming ?
ASCstates.png
Bluegrass Mountain Conference BMC 2000 9 (men)
7 (women)
swimming Spartanburg, South Carolina
BMC swim states.png
New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference. NSISC 1995 5 (men)
6 (women)
swimming ?
NSISC swim states.png
Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference PCSC 2003 9 (men)
15 (women)
swimming ?
PacificCollegiateSwim.png

Other sports

These all-sports conferences sponsor sports which do not have D-II championships.

Conference Nickname Founded Members[a] Sport Headquarters Map
Conference Carolinas CC 1930 8 men's volleyball Thomasville, North Carolina
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Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference CACC 1961 6 bowling New Haven, Connecticut
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Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association CIAA 1912 10 bowling Hampton, Virginia
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East Coast Conference ECC 1989 10 bowling Central Islip, New York
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Great Lakes Valley Conference GLVC 1978 8 bowling Indianapolis, Indiana
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Northeast-10 Conference NE-10 1980 6 men's ice hockey South Easton, Massachusetts
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Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SIAC 1913 6 men's volleyball Tucker, Georgia
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  1. ^ Number reflects membership in the sport that lacks a D-II championship, not the number of full members.

Division III

Main articles: NCAA Division III and List of NCAA Division III institutions

Unlike the other two divisions, Division III institutions cannot offer athletic scholarships. Among the other NCAA Division III requirements, schools have sports sponsorship requirements set by the NCAA. All institutions, regardless of enrollment, must sponsor at least three team sports for each sex/gender, and each playing season represented by each sex/gender.[7]

A sports sponsorship rule unique to Division III is that the total number of sports that must be sponsored differs by a school's full-time undergraduate enrollment. Schools with an enrollment of 1,000 or fewer must sponsor at least five sports for men and five for women; those with larger enrollments must sponsor six men's and six women's sports. As in the other divisions, teams that include both men and women are treated as men's sports for the purpose of these regulations.[8]

Current conferences

Conferences that sponsor football highlighted in yellow.

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sports Headquarters Map
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference AMCC 1997 8[a] 16 North Boston, New York
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American Rivers Conference ARC 1922 9 22 Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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American Southwest Conference ASC 1996 10[b] 16 Richardson, Texas
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Atlantic East Conference AEC 2018 7 20 Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Centennial Conference Centennial 1981 11[c] 24 Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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City University of New York Athletic Conference CUNYAC 1987 8 16 Flushing, Queens, New York
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Coast to Coast Athletic Conference C2C 1989 8 19 Fredericksburg, Virginia
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College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin CCIW 1946 9[d] 26 Naperville, Illinois
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Collegiate Conference of the South[9] CCS 2022 9 9 Georgia
Colonial States Athletic Conference CSAC 1992 9 17 Aston, Pennsylvania
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Commonwealth Coast Conference CCC 1984 10[e] 17 Springfield, Massachusetts
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Commonwealth Coast Football[f] CCC Football 1965[g] 7[h] 1 Springfield, Massachusetts
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Eastern Collegiate Football Conference ECFC 2009 7[i] 1 Wilmington, Vermont
Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Map.svg
Empire 8 E8 1964 10[j] 22 Rochester, New York
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Great Northeast Athletic Conference GNAC 1995 14[k] 17 Boston, Massachusetts
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Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference HCAC 1987 10[l] 16 Greenwood, Indiana
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Division III Independents 5[m]
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Landmark Conference Landmark 2006 8[n] 22[o] Madison, New Jersey
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Liberty League Liberty 1995 12[p] 26 Troy, New York
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Little East Conference LEC 1986 9 21 North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference MASCAC 1971 8[q] 16 Westfield, Massachusetts
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Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association MIAA 1888 9[r] 22 Freeland, Michigan
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Middle Atlantic Conferences MAC 1912 18[s][t] 27 Annville, Pennsylvania
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Midwest Conference Midwest 1921 9[u] 20 Ripon, Wisconsin
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Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference MIAC 1920 13[v] 22 St. Paul, Minnesota
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New England Collegiate Conference NECC 2008 4[w] 16 Attleboro, Massachusetts
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New England Small College Athletic Conference NESCAC 1971 11[x] 26 Hadley, Massachusetts
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New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference NEWMAC 1998 11[y] 20 Wellesley, Massachusetts
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New Jersey Athletic Conference NJAC 1985 10[z] 21 Pitman, New Jersey
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North Atlantic Conference NAC 1996 12[aa] 15 Waterville, Maine
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North Coast Athletic Conference NCAC 1983 9 23 Westlake, Ohio
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Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference NACC 2006 14[ab] 19 Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Northwest Conference NWC 1926 9[ac] 20 Seattle, Washington
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Ohio Athletic Conference OAC 1902 10 23 Austintown, Ohio
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Old Dominion Athletic Conference ODAC 1976 15[ad] 25 Forest, Virginia
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Presidents' Athletic Conference PAC 1955 11[ae] 23 Wexford, Pennsylvania
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Skyline Conference Skyline 1989 12 17 Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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Southern Athletic Association SAA 2012 8[af] 21 Atlanta, Georgia
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Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SCIAC 1915 9[ag] 21 Los Angeles, California
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Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference SCAC 1962 9 18 Lawrenceville, Georgia
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State University of New York Athletic Conference SUNYAC 1958 11 20 Fredonia, New York
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St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference SLIAC 1989 9[ah] 14 St. Louis, Missouri
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United East Conference United East 2004 9[ai] 18 Gansevoort, New York
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University Athletic Association UAA 1986 8 22 Rochester, New York
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Upper Midwest Athletic Conference UMAC 1972 8[aj] 16 St. Paul, Minnesota
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USA South Athletic Conference USA South 1965 10[ak] 14 Fayetteville, North Carolina
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Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference WIAC 1913 8 22 Madison, Wisconsin
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  1. ^ 9 full members in 2023 with addition of Carlow.
  2. ^ 10 full members with Concordia Texas, LeTourneau, Ozarks, and UT Dallas as non-football members, 9 football members with Austin, Southwestern, and Texas Lutheran as football-only affiliates .
    • 8 football members in 2023 with loss of football-affiliate Southwestern.
  3. ^ 11 full members, 10 football members.
  4. ^ 9 full members, 10 football members with Washington University in St. Louis as a football-only affiliate.
  5. ^ 10 members in 2023 with addition of Hartford and loss of Salve Regina.
  6. ^ Commonwealth Coast Football is operated by the Commonwealth Coast Conference, but remains a separate entity.
  7. ^ Commonwealth Coast Football is a 2017 rebranding of the New England Football Conference, which was founded in 1965.
  8. ^ 6 members in 2023 with loss of Salve Regina.
  9. ^ 5 members in 2023 with loss of Keystone and SUNY Maritime.
  10. ^ 10 full members with Elmira, Houghton, Keuka, Medaille, Nazareth, and Russell Sage as non-football members, 7 football members with SUNY Brockport, SUNY Cortland, and SUNY Morrisville as football-only affiliates.
  11. ^ 16 members in 2023 with the addition of Mitchell and New England College.
  12. ^ 10 full members, 8 football members.
  13. ^ 5 all-sports independents (non-football), 2 football independents (both of them are members of non-football conferences).
    • 1 football independent in 2023 with Eastern joining the Middle Atlantic Conference football league.
  14. ^ 10 members and 7 football members in 2023 with addition of Lycoming and Wilkes, and football-only Keystone.
  15. ^ 23 sports in 2023 with addition of football.
  16. ^ 12 full members, 7 football members with Buffalo State as a football-only affiliate.
  17. ^ 8 full members with MCLA and Salem State as non-football members, 9 football members with Plymouth State, UMass–Dartmouth, and Western Connecticut State as football affiliates.
  18. ^ 9 full members, 7 football members.
  19. ^ The MAC is actually an umbrella organization of three conferences. Nine schools are members of the MAC Commonwealth and nine others are members of the MAC Freedom. Each league conducts competition in the same set of 14 sports, not including football. The third league, called the Middle Atlantic Conference, combines schools from the MAC Commonwealth and MAC Freedom for 13 other sports, including football.
  20. ^ 18 full members (9 Commonwealth, 9 Freedom) and 11 football members.
    • 16 full members (8 Commonwealth, 8 Freedom) and 10 football members in 2023 with the following changes:
      • Loss of Freedom members Lycoming and Wilkes.
      • Addition of Commonwealth member Eastern to the MAC football league.
      • Move of Lebanon Valley from Commonwealth to Freedom.
  21. ^ 9 full members, 10 football members with Chicago as a football affiliate.
  22. ^ 13 full members, 10 football members.
  23. ^ 1 full member in 2023 with loss of Lesley, Mitchell, and NEC.
  24. ^ 11 full members, 10 football members.
  25. ^ 11 full members, 8 football members.
    • 12 full members and 9 football members in 2023 with the following changes:
      • Addition of Salve Regina as a full member, including football.
      • Loss of Catholic and addition of SUNY Maritime in football only.
  26. ^ 10 full members with New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rutgers–Newark, Rutgers–Camden, and Stockton as non-football members, 7 football members with Christopher Newport and Salisbury as football affiliates.
  27. ^ 14 full members in 2023 with addition of SUNY Morrisville and Lesley.
  28. ^ 14 full members, 9 football members with Eureka as a football-only affiliate.
  29. ^ 9 full members, 8 football members.
  30. ^ 15 full members, 8 football members.
  31. ^ 11 full members, 11 football members, with two full members not sponsoring football (Chatham and Franciscan) and two football affiliates (Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve).
  32. ^ 8 full members, 8 football members with one full member not sponsoring football (Oglethorpe) and one football affiliate [Trinity (TX)].
    • 9 football members in 2023 with addition of Southwestern as a football-affiliate.
  33. ^ 9 full members, 7 football members.
  34. ^ 10 full members in 2023 with addition of Lyon.
  35. ^ 8 full members in 2023 with loss of SUNY Morrisville.
  36. ^ 8 full members with Bethany Lutheran, North Central, Northland, and Wisconsin–Superior as non-football members, 7 football members with Finlandia, Greenville, and Westminster (MO) as football-only affiliates.
  37. ^ 10 full members with Mary Baldwin, Meredith, Pfeiffer, Salem College, and William Peace as non-football members, 9 football members with Belhaven, Huntingdon, LaGrange, and Maryville as football-affiliates.

Single-sport conferences

Conference Nickname Founded Members Sport Headquarters Map
Coastal Lacrosse Conference CLC 2022 6 Men's lacrosse
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Colonial Hockey Conference CHC 2015 4 Women's ice hockey
Continental Volleyball Conference CVC 2011 9 Men's volleyball Madison, New Jersey
Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League MCVL 2014 9 Men's volleyball Bradenton, Florida
Midwest Lacrosse Conference MLC 2009 8 Men's lacrosse Waukesha, Wisconsin
Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference MWLC 2010 10 Women's Lacrosse Waukesha, Wisconsin
New England Hockey Conference NEHC 2015 10 (men)
13 (women)
Ice hockey N/A
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Northeast Women's Hockey League NEWHL 2017 7 Women's ice hockey
Northern Collegiate Hockey Association NCHA 1981 10 (men)
7 (women)
Ice hockey Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Ohio River Lacrosse Conference ORLC 2014 7 (men)
10 (women)
Lacrosse Greenwood, Indiana
United Volleyball Conference UVC 2010 8 Men's volleyball Rochester, New York
United Collegiate Hockey Conference UCHC 2016 12 (men)
13 (women)
Ice hockey Danbury, Connecticut
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Other sports

These all-sports conferences sponsor sports which do not have D-III championships.

Conference Nickname Founded Members[a] Sport Headquarters Map
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference AMCC 1997 8 Bowling North Boston, New York
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College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin CCIW 1946 8 Bowling Naperville, Illinois
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Metropolitan Swimming Conference METS ? 14 (men)
17 (women)
1 (swimming) ?
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Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference WIAC 1913 8 Women's gymnastics Madison, Wisconsin
  1. ^ Number reflects membership in the sport that lacks a D-III championship, not the total conference membership.

Defunct NCAA conferences

Conference Division Founded Folded Fate
America Sky Conference Division I 2007 2014 Men's golf conference absorbed by the Big Sky Conference.[10]
American Collegiate Athletic Association Division III 2017 2020 Merged with the Capital Athletic Conference, with the merged conference renaming itself the Coast to Coast Athletic Conference shortly thereafter.
American Lacrosse Conference Division I 2001 2014 Women's lacrosse conference that folded after the 2014 season due to fallout of the early-2010s conference realignment, specifically the 2013 announcement by the Big Ten that it would add men's and women's lacrosse for the 2014–15 school year (2015 season). Four of the seven final ALC members are full Big Ten members. Johns Hopkins went independent before joining Big Ten women's lacrosse in the 2017 season. The other two members became Big East affiliates.
American South Conference Division I 1987 1991 Merged with the Sun Belt Conference. The new conference used the Sun Belt name.[11]
Atlantic Central Football Conference Division III 1997 2010 Disbanded
Atlantic Soccer Conference Division I 2000 2012 Disbanded
Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference Division III 1995 2007 Disbanded
Big Central Soccer Conference Division I 1987 1991 Men's soccer-only conference disbanded after the all-sports conferences of all but two of its members began sponsoring the sport.
Big Eight Conference Division I 1907 1996 Initially formed in January 1907 as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, before six schools split away to form the Big Six in 1928. Disbanded to join 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 (original) 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. The CCHA would be revived in 2021 with eight members, four of which played in the final season of the original league; the current CCHA considers itself a continuation of the original.
Central Intercollegiate Bowling Conference Division III 2019 2020 Bowling-only league effectively absorbed by the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.[12]
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.
Deep South Conference Division II 1994 2013 Men's lacrosse conference disbanded when the South Atlantic Conference and Sunshine State Conference, home to all nine of the final conference members, began sponsoring the sport.
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 the Mid-Continent Conference, now known as The Summit League.
Eastern Intercollegiate Baseball League * 1929 1992 Baseball-only conference absorbed by the Ivy League, disbanded when Army and Navy moved their baseball teams to their respective athletics programs towards the Patriot League.
Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League * 1901 1955 Basketball-only conference absorbed by the Ivy League, which claims the EIBL as part of its own history.
Eastern Wrestling League Division I 1975 2019 Wrestling-only league absorbed by the Mid-American Conference.[13]
ECAC Lacrosse League Division I 1999 2014 Men's lacrosse conference that disbanded after the 2014 season. The conference lost many members after the 2010 season when the original Big East launched a men's lacrosse league, and lost still more members with the Big Ten announcement. At the end of the final ECAC Lacrosse season, only one member had not announced a new lacrosse affiliation for the 2014–15 school year; that school would later join Southern Conference men's lacrosse.
ECAC Division II Lacrosse League Division II 2012 2016 Disbanded. Six members began play in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, leaving three members to become independents.
ECAC Northeast Division III 1971 2016 Ice hockey-only conference. Disbanded
ECAC West Division III 1984 2016 Ice hockey-only conference. Disbanded
Freedom Football Conference Division III 1992 2003 Disbanded
Great Lakes Football Conference Division II 2006 2012 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 South Athletic Conference Division III 1999 2016 Ended sponsorship of men's sports in 2012; remained a women-only league until disbanding entirely. One media outlet specializing in D-III sports coverage considered the Collegiate Conference of the South, formed in 2022 by an amicable split of the USA South Athletic Conference, a spiritual successor, noting that seven of the nine charter CCS members had been Great South members in the last season that it sponsored men's sports.[14]
Great West Conference Division I 2004 2013 Disbanded after all but one of its members joined more established conferences during the early-2010s conference realignment. The men's golf history and Internet presence of the Great West were maintained by the America Sky Conference (above) before the latter conference's absorption by the Big Sky.
Great West Hockey Conference Division I 1985 1988 Ice hockey-only conference formed by four Western schools, but had one of its members drop hockey after its first season. After failing to attract additional members in 1988, the league folded when one of the remaining members shut down its entire athletic program.
Great Western Lacrosse League Division I 1993 2010 Members joined the ECAC Lacrosse League (see above).
Gulf Coast Conference College Division 1949 1957 Disbanded
Gulf Star Conference Division I 1984 1987 Effectively absorbed by the Southland Conference.
Heartland Conference Division II 1999 2019 In August 2017, eight of the nine members announced a mass exodus to the Lone Star Conference (LSC)—a conference with which the Heartland Conference had recently discussed a potential merger[15]— effective in 2019.[16] One of the eight schools changed course and instead opted to become a de facto member of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 2019,[17] joining the remaining Heartland member in that status.[18]
High Country Athletic Conference Division I 1983 1990 Women's-only conference absorbed by the Western Athletic Conference.
Indiana Collegiate Conference Division II 1950 1978 Disbanded
Indiana Intercollegiate Conference * 1922 1950 Disbanded
Indiana Intercollegiate Conference Unknown 1922 1950 Split into two conferences, the Indiana Collegiate Conference was made of the larger schools; the Hoosier Collegiate Conference was made of the small, private schools
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, now known as the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.
Metro Conference Division I 1975 1995 Merged with Great Midwest Conference to form Conference USA.
Metropolitan Collegiate Conference University Division 1965 1969 Disbanded
Metropolitan New York Conference University Division 1933 1963 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.
Midwest Athletic Conference for Women Division III 1977 1994 Merged with the men's Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference, forming the current Midwest Conference.
Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Division III 1998 2013 Absorbed by the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.
Midwestern Conference University Division 1970 1972 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.
Mountain West Athletic Conference Division I 1982 1988 Women's-only conference (not to be confused with the modern Mountain West Conference) absorbed by the Big Sky Conference.
National Lacrosse Conference Division I 2008 2012 Disbanded after the ASUN Conference and Big South 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 CAA Football, a conference operated by the Colonial Athletic Association but a separate legal entity.
New England Women's Lacrosse Alliance Division III 1998 2012 Disbanded
New South Women's Athletic Conference Division I 1985 1991 Women's-only conference initially known as the New South Conference; absorbed by the Trans America Athletic Conference, now known as the ASUN 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. Most of the all-sports conferences that were home to NECVA members began sponsoring men's volleyball at that time.
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 1969 2007 Merged with the Lake Michigan Conference to form the Northern Athletics Conference, now known as the Northern Athletics Collegiate 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.
Northern Pacific Field Hockey Conference Division I 1982 2015 Field hockey-only conference that folded after the 2014 season. After a period in which the conference expanded to span both coasts, most of the eastern teams left over time. Four of the six final members, all from California (and also the league's founding members), became America East affiliates. The remaining two members became independents; one is now a field hockey member of the Big East and the other is now a MAC field hockey member.
Northern Sun Conference Division II 1979 1992 Women's-only conference that merged with the men's Northern Intercollegiate Conference, forming the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Pacific Coast Conference University Division 1915 1959 Forerunner to the Pac-12, disbanded due to scandal and infighting
Pacific Coast Softball Conference Division I 2002 2013 Softball-only; disbanded due to fallout from the early-2010s 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, the final seven members left when the West Coast Conference began sponsoring the sport (five were already WCC members, and the other two joined the WAC in softball).
Pilgrim Lacrosse League Division III 1986 2014 Absorbed by the NEWMAC
Southeast Team Handball Conference Unknown 1997 2006 Handball only, disbanded
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
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Division II 1924 2013 Disbanded after the conference's football schools announced a split from the non-football schools. Ultimately, nine of the final schools became charter members of the Mountain East Conference, three joined the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, two joined the PSAC, and one went independent.
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.
Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division II 2010 2015 Lacrosse-only conference absorbed by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference; all final teams are members of the RMAC, including one affiliate. The RMAC had absorbed the women's side of the WILA in 2013; five of the members were RMAC members including one affiliate, one additional women's member became an independent.
Western Wrestling Conference Division I 2006 2015 Wrestling-only conference effectively absorbed by the Big 12 Conference, with all of its final members becoming single-sport Big 12 associates.
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 CAA Football.

In addition to the above, two of the five conferences that currently participate in the NCAA's National Collegiate division (equivalent to Division I) of women's ice hockey once operated men's divisions:

Conference Division Founded Folded Fate
College Hockey America (men's) Division I 1999 2010 Founded as a men's-only league; added a women's division in 2002. The men's division disbanded in 2010 after steady losses of membership.
Western Collegiate Hockey Association (men's) Division I 1951 2021 Founded as a men's-only league; added a women's division in 1999. The men's division disbanded in 2021 after seven of its members left to reestablish the Central Collegiate Hockey Association; two other men's members dropped hockey, and the other went independent.

See also

References

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