|Old Dominion Athletic Conference|
|Members||14 full (15 in 2022), 1 associate|
|Former names||Virginia College Conference|
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) is an NCAA Division III athletic conference. Of its 14 member schools, all but one are located in Virginia; the other full member is in North Carolina. The conference also has two associate members in North Carolina and Virginia
The conference was founded in May 1975 as the Virginia College Conference. On January 1, 1976, the name was changed to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The 1976–77 season was the first in which championships were offered. In 1982–83, women's sports were added. In 1981, Catholic University joined the conference after leaving Division I's Colonial Athletic Association. In 1988, Virginia Wesleyan was added as a member, and, in 1990, Guilford became the first member located outside D.C. and Virginia. Maryville College was an all-sports member in the 1980s. In 1989 Catholic left the conference to become a charter member of the Capital Athletic Conference, returning in 1999 as a football-only member. The next school to leave the conference was Mary Baldwin College, which left in 1999 to join the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference.
In 2010 the ODAC announced the addition of Shenandoah University to its full-time membership, with its first full year of involvement during the 2012–13 academic year.
The league office moved its physical location from Salem, Virginia, to Forest, Virginia, just outside centrally located Lynchburg, and contracted with Jim Ward Design for its new marks.
On March 3, 2015, Sweet Briar College announced it was to close (cease operations) at the end of the 2015 summer session. However, on June 20, 2015, the Virginia Attorney General announced a mediation agreement that will keep Sweet Briar College open for the 2015–16 academic year. Sweet Briar reactivated its sports teams in the 2015-16 season and remained a full member of the ODAC.
On September 29, 2015, it was announced that Catholic University would withdraw in 2017 as associate member to join the new football league at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.
In June 2017, it was announced that Ferrum College would become the 15th full-time member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference after it moved from the USA South Conference.
Southern Virginia University, which joined the ODAC as a football only member in 2019, announced in December of that year that it will be leaving both the ODAC and Coast to Coast Athletic Conference to join the football-sponsoring USA South Athletic Conference as a full member.
The conference has hosted Division III championships in football and men's basketball, both of which were held in Salem, Virginia. D-III softball has also used Salem as a championship host along with Division III women's lacrosse and volleyball on several occasions. Since 1993 - the conference and city have hosted over 80 Division III national championships.
It was announced on November 17, 2020 that Emory & Henry College will leave the ODAC and begin it's transition to Division II in July 2021 and compete in the South Atlantic Conference in 2022.
The most recent change in conference membership was announced on March 8, 2021, that Averett University will leave the USA South and join it's former USA South counterpart Ferrum College in the ODAC as a full member in 2022.
|Bridgewater College||Bridgewater, Virginia||Eagles||1880||Private||1,690||Yes||1976|
|Eastern Mennonite University||Harrisonburg, Virginia||Royals||1917||Private||998||No||1976|
|Ferrum College||Ferrum, Virginia||Panthers||1913||Private||1,500||Yes||2018|
|Guilford College||Greensboro, North Carolina||Quakers||1837||Private||2,682||Yes||1991|
|Hampden–Sydney College^||Hampden Sydney, Virginia||Tigers||1775||Private||1,120||Yes||1976|
|Hollins University†%||Roanoke, Virginia||*None*||1842||Private||816||No||1982|
|University of Lynchburg||Lynchburg, Virginia||Hornets||1903||Private||2,500||No||1976|
|Randolph College||Lynchburg, Virginia||WildCats||1891||Private||522||No||1982|
|Randolph–Macon College||Ashland, Virginia||Yellow Jackets||1830||Private||1,146||Yes||1976|
|Roanoke College||Salem, Virginia||Maroons||1842||Private||2,100||No||1976|
|Shenandoah University||Winchester, Virginia||Hornets||1875||Private||2,800||Yes||2012|
|Sweet Briar College†||Sweet Briar, Virginia||Vixens||1901||Private||530||No||1982|
|Virginia Wesleyan University||Virginia Beach, Virginia||Marlins||1961||Private||1,446||No||1989|
|Washington and Lee University||Lexington, Virginia||Generals||1749||Private||2,200||Yes||1976|
† - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports.
^ - Men's college, therefore not competing in women's sports.
% - Hollins University does not have an athletic nickname.
|Averett University||Danville, Virginia||Cougars||1859||Private/Non-sectarian||2,719||2022|
|Institution||Location||Nickname||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Primary conference||ODAC sport(s)|
|Greensboro College||Greensboro, North Carolina||Pride||1838||Private||1,250||2011-12||USA South||women's swimming|
|Catholic University||Washington, D.C.||Cardinals||1887||Private||3,469||1981||1989||Landmark|
|Emory & Henry College||Emory, Virginia||Wasps||1836||Private||1,000||1976||2021||Independent |
South Atlantic Conference
(DII) in 2022-23
|Maryville College||Maryville, Tennessee||Scots||1819||Private||1,176||1980||1988||USA South|
|Mary Baldwin College||Staunton, Virginia||Fighting Squirrels||1842||Private||2,542||1984||1992||USA South|
|Institution||Location||Nickname||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Left||ODAC sport(s)||Current conference|
in former ODAC sport(s)
|Catholic University||Washington, D.C.||Cardinals||1887||Private||3,469||1999||2017||Football||NEWMAC|
|Notre Dame of Maryland University||Baltimore, Maryland||Gators||1873||Private||4,878||2011-12||2015-16||Women's swimming||None|
|Southern Virginia University||Buena Vista, Virginia||Knights||1867||Private||1,106||2019-20||2020-21||Football||USA South|
This timeline is expressed with color bars.
Purple denotes football playing member.
Green denotes non-football playing member.
Red denotes associate member (football-only).
Blue denotes associate member (swimming only).
The conference sponsors championships in the following sports:
|Track and field (indoor)|
|Track and field (outdoor)|