List of college athletic conferences in the United States

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In college athletics in the United States, institutions typically join in conferences for regular play under different governing bodies.

Varsity sports[edit]

There are several national and regional associations governing the varsity teams of colleges and universities. Varsity teams are typically funded by an institution's athletic department, and under some governing bodies players are eligible for athletic scholarships.

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)[edit]

Division I[edit]

Multi-sport conferences
Football-only conferences
Ice hockey conferences
Other single-sport conferences

This list also includes conferences in sports that the NCAA does not split into divisions.

Division II[edit]

Single sport conferences
  • Appalachian Swimming Conference
  • New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference
  • Pacific Coast Swim Conference

Division III[edit]

Single-sport conferences

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)[edit]

Football-only conference

United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA)[edit]

National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)[edit]

  • Central Region
  • Mid-East Region
  • Mid-West Region
  • North Region
  • North Central Region
  • South Region
  • Southwest Region
  • West Region

Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA)[edit]

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)[edit]

California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA)[edit]

Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC)[edit]

  • Northern Region
  • Southern Region
  • Eastern Region
  • Western Region

Independent conferences[edit]

Other collegiate sports associations[edit]



  • ACCC: Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • RMCCC: Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • ECCC: Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • SCCCC: South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • MWCCC: Midwestern Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • SECCC: Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • NCCCC: North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • SWCCC: Southwestern Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • NWCCC: Northwestern Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • WCCC: Western Collegiate Cycling Conference


  • Baltimore-Washington Collegiate Fencing Conference (BWCFC)
  • Northern California Intercollegiate Fencing League (NCIFL)
  • Southern Atlantic Conference (SAC)
  • Southwestern Intercollegiate Fencing Association (SWIFA)



See: Category:College lacrosse leagues in the United States


Sprint football[edit]


Water polo[edit]


  • National Collegiate Wrestling Association
    • Mid-Atlantic – Teams from Tennessee, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware
    • North Central – Teams from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin
    • Northeast – Teams from New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont
    • Northwest – Teams from Washington and British Columbia
    • Southeast – Teams from Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi
    • Southwest – Teams from Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas
    • West – Teams from California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona