|Established||June 18, 1982|
|Members||9 full (4 associates)|
|Former names||Association of Mid-Continent Universities (1982–1989)|
Mid-Continent Conference (1989–2007)
|Headquarters||Sioux Falls, South Dakota|
|Commissioner||Tom Douple (since 2005)|
The Summit League, or The Summit, is an NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic conference with its membership mostly located in the Midwestern United States from Indiana and Illinois on the East of the Mississippi River to the Dakotas and Nebraska on the West, with additional members in the Western state of Colorado and the Southern state of Oklahoma. Originally dubbed the Association of Mid-Continent Universities in 1982, on June 1, 2007, the conference changed its name from the Mid-Continent Conference. League headquarters are in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit organization which regulates athletes of 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.
An athletic conference is a collection of sports teams, playing competitively against each other at the professional, collegiate, or high school level. In many cases conferences are subdivided into smaller divisions, with the best teams competing at successively higher levels. Conferences often, but not always, include teams from a common geographic region.
With the 2018 arrival of the University of North Dakota as the league's newest full member, the Summit has nine full members plus four associate members. A total of 31 schools have been full members, but the only charter member remaining in the league today is Western Illinois University.
The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are the athletic teams that represent the University of North Dakota (UND), located in the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks are the teams and athletes that represent Western Illinois University, located in Macomb, Illinois, in NCAA Division I sports. The school's primary conference affiliation is with the Summit League; its football team is a member of the Division I FCS Missouri Valley Football Conference.
|University of Denver||Denver, Colorado||1864||Private||11,476||$711,345,798||2013||Pioneers|
|University of Nebraska Omaha||Omaha, Nebraska||1908||Public||15,448||$72,000,000||2012||Mavericks|
|University of North Dakota||Grand Forks, North Dakota||1883||Public||14,906||$230,600,000||2018||Fighting Hawks|
|North Dakota State University||Fargo, North Dakota||1890||Public||14,186||$201,600,000||2007||Bison|
|Oral Roberts University||Tulsa, Oklahoma||1963||Private||3,417||$40,490,533||1997 |
|Purdue University Fort Wayne||Fort Wayne, Indiana||1964||Public||14,326||$46,433,698||2007||Mastodons|
|University of South Dakota||Vermillion, South Dakota||1862||Public||10,151||$213,560,000||2011||Coyotes|
|South Dakota State University||Brookings, South Dakota||1881||Public||12,851||$135,700,000||2007||Jackrabbits|
|Western Illinois University||Macomb, Illinois||1899||Public||13,602||$32,134,249||1982||Leathernecks|
|Drake University||Des Moines, Iowa||1881||Private||5,270||2017–18||Bulldogs||MVC||Men's tennis|
|Eastern Illinois University||Charleston, Illinois||1895||Public||7,526||2005–06sw.dv.|
|Panthers||OVC||swimming and diving, |
|Illinois State University||Normal, Illinois||1857||Public||20,706||2017–18||Redbirds||MVC||Men's tennis|
|Valparaiso University||Valparaiso, Indiana||1859||Private||4,500||2017–18||Crusaders||MVC||Men's swimming |
The Summit League has 22 former members.
|University of Akron||Akron, Ohio||1870||Public||29,251||1990||1992||Zips||Mid-American (MAC)|
|University at Buffalo||Buffalo, New York||1846||Public||28,601||1994||1998||Bulls||Mid-American (MAC)|
|Centenary College of Louisiana||Shreveport, Louisiana||1825||Private||787||2003||2011|| Gentlemen (men's)|
|American Southwest||SCAC (Div. III)|
|Central Connecticut State University||New Britain, Connecticut||1849||Public||11,360||1994||1997||Blue Devils||Northeast (NEC)|
|Chicago State University||Chicago, Illinois||1867||Public||3,578||1994||2006||Cougars||NCAA D-I Independent||WAC|
|Cleveland State University||Cleveland, Ohio||1964||Public||17,204||1982||1994||Vikings||Horizon|
|Eastern Illinois University||Charleston, Illinois||1895||Public||11,651||1982||1996||Panthers||OVC|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||Chicago, Illinois||1858||Public||28,091||1982||1994||Flames||Horizon|
|Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis||Indianapolis, Indiana||1969||Public||27,184||1998||2017||Jaguars||Horizon|
|University of Missouri–Kansas City||Kansas City, Missouri||1933||Public||16,019||1994||2013||Kangaroos||WAC|
|Northeastern Illinois University||Chicago, Illinois||1867||Public||11,149||1994||1998||Golden Eagles||Discontinued intercollegiate athletics|
|Northern Illinois University||DeKalb, Illinois||1895||Public||25,313||1990||1994||Huskies||Horizon||Mid-American (MAC)|
|University of Northern Iowa||Cedar Falls, Iowa||1876||Public||11,147||1982||1991||Panthers||Missouri Valley|
|Oakland University||Rochester, Michigan||1957||Public||19,379||1998||2013||Golden Grizzlies||Horizon|
|Southern Utah University||Cedar City, Utah||1897||Public||8,297||1997||2012||Thunderbirds||Big Sky|
|Southwest Missouri State University||Springfield, Missouri||1905||Public||21,059||1982||1990|| Bears (men's)|
Lady Bears (women's)
|Troy State University||Troy, Alabama||1887||Public||29,689||1994||1997||Trojans||TAAC||Sun Belt|
|University of Wisconsin–Green Bay||Green Bay, Wisconsin||1965||Public||6,700||1982||1994||Phoenix||Horizon|
|University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||1885||Public||30,502||1993||1994||Panthers||Horizon|
|Valparaiso University||Valparaiso, Indiana||1859||Private||4,061||1982||2007||Crusaders||Horizon||Missouri Valley|
|Wright State University||Fairborn, Ohio||1967||Public||17,789||1991||1994||Raiders||Horizon|
|Youngstown State University||Youngstown, Ohio||1908||Public||15,194||1992||2001||Penguins||Horizon|
|DePaul University||Chicago, Illinois||1898||Private||24,414||1992–93||1998–99||Blue Demons||Big East||softball|
|Howard University||Washington, D.C.||1867||Private||10,000||1996–97||1998–99||Bison||MEAC||men's soccer|
|C.W. Post of Long Island University||Brookville, New York||1954||Public||8,472||1994–95||1997–98||Pioneers|| East Coast (ECC) |
(NCAA Division II)
|New York Institute of Technology||New York, NY||1955||Private||13,000||1994–95||1997–98||Bears|| East Coast (ECC) |
(NCAA Division II)
|Oral Roberts University||Tulsa, OK||1963||Private||3,417||2012–13||2013–14||Golden Eagles||Southland||men's soccer|
|Pace University||New York, NY||1906||Private||12,772||1994–95||1997–98||Setters|| Northeast-10 (NE-10) |
(NCAA Division II)
|Quincy University||Quincy, Illinois||1860||Private||1,269||1994–95||1995–96||Hawks|| GLVC |
(NCAA Division II)
|Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIU Edwardsville)||Edwardsville, Illinois||1957||Public||13,850||1994–95||1995–96||Cougars||OVC||men's soccer|
|University of South Dakota||Vermillion, South Dakota||1862||Public||10,151||2009–10||2010–11||Coyotes||Summit||swimming and diving|
|South Dakota State University||Brookings, South Dakota||1881||Public||12,851||2005–06||2006–07||Jackrabbits||Summit||swimming and diving|
|State University of New York at Oneonta||Oneonta, New York||1889||Public||5,852||1996–97||1998–98||Red Dragons|| SUNYAC |
(NCAA Division III)
The association was created on June 18, 1982 at the O'Hare Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinoisas the Association of Mid-Continent Universities (or AMCU or AMCU-8, pronounced Am-cue), which it was known as until 1989. The conference sponsored football from 1982 until 1984 at the Division I-AA level (now Division I FCS), and current members North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, and Western Illinois plus future member North Dakota have FCS football programs.
College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States.
North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, more commonly known as North Dakota State University (NDSU), is a public research university in Fargo, North Dakota. The institution was founded as North Dakota Agricultural College in 1890 as the research land-grant institution for the state of North Dakota. NDSU is a comprehensive doctoral research university with programs involved in very high research activity. NDSU offers 102 undergraduate majors, 170 undergraduate degree programs, 6 undergraduate certificate programs, 79 undergraduate minors, 81 master’s degree programs, 47 doctoral degree programs of study and 10 graduate certificate programs. There were 14,358 students attending NDSU from 47 different states and 79 different countries as of Fall 2017.
The University of South Dakota is a public coeducational research (R2) university in Vermillion, South Dakota. Established by the Dakota Territory legislature in 1862, 27 years before the establishment of the state of South Dakota, USD is the state's oldest public university.
In the early 1990s, the conference saw its first changes. Southwest Missouri State departed for membership in the Missouri Valley Conference as the University of Akron and Northern Illinois University joined in 1990. Then Wright State University joined in 1991 as Northern Iowa followed Southwest Missouri State to the MVC.
The Missouri Valley Conference is the second-oldest collegiate athletic conference in the United States. Currently, its members are located in the midwestern United States.
The University of Akron is a public research university in Akron, Ohio, United States. The university is part of the University System of Ohio. As a STEM-focused institution, it focuses on industries such as polymers, advanced materials, and engineering.
Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a public research university in DeKalb, Illinois and satellite centers in Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford, and Oregon. It was founded as Northern Illinois State Normal School on May 22, 1895, by Illinois Governor John P. Altgeld as part of an expansion of the state's system for producing college-educated teachers. Lisa Freeman was named the university's acting president in July 2017, the first woman to hold that position.
Major changes came to the conference in 1992. First, Akron left for the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and was replaced by another Ohio school, Youngstown State University. More significantly, the Mid-Continent added women's sports by absorbing the North Star Conference (NSC), a women's-only league whose final seven members had all been in the Mid-Continent. All of the final NSC members except for Akron moved their women's sports into the Mid-Continent. At the same time, Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois moved their women's sports into the Mid-Continent when their former women's sports home, the Gateway Conference, merged into the Missouri Valley Conference. A year later, the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee joined the Mid-Continent.
The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I collegiate athletic conference with a membership base in the Great Lakes region that stretches from Western New York to Illinois. Nine of the twelve full member schools are in Ohio and Michigan, with single members located in Illinois, Indiana, and New York. For football, the MAC participates in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision.
Youngstown State University (YSU), founded in 1908, is an American research university located in Youngstown, Ohio, United States. As of fall 2010, there were 15,194 students and a student-faculty ratio of 19:1. The fall 2010 enrollment figure is the highest since 1990, when the number of students on campus was 15,454. Records show that 11,803 of the students are undergraduates. Beyond its current student body, YSU claims more than 94,000 alumni.
The North Star Conference or NSC was a women's conference in the NCAA. The conference existed from the 1983–84 school year through the 1991–92 school year. Originally announced in 1983, the conference was formed by charter members Butler, Dayton, DePaul, Detroit, Evansville, Loyola (Chicago), Notre Dame, and Xavier. Although the conference was to offer competition in cross country, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball, the conference was created primarily as a basketball conference. With the exception of Butler and Dayton, all charter members' women's basketball teams were already competing at the NCAA Division I level; Butler and Dayton upgraded their teams from NCAA Division II and commenced competition in the conference's second season. The conference was effectively absorbed by the Mid-Continent Conference, as six of its final seven members moved their women's sports to that organization.
In 1994, charter members Cleveland State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, as well as newer members Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Northern Illinois, and Wright State left the conference to join the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now known as the Horizon League.
Cleveland State University (CSU) is a public research university in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It was established in 1964, and opened for classes in 1965 after acquiring the buildings, property, and students of Fenn College, a private school that had been in operation since 1923. CSU absorbed the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1969. Today it is part of the University System of Ohio, has more than 120,000 alumni, and offers over 200 academic programs.
The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a public research university in Chicago, Illinois. Its campus is in the Near West Side community area, adjacent to the Chicago Loop. The second campus established under the University of Illinois system, UIC is also the largest university in the Chicago area, having approximately 30,000 students enrolled in 15 colleges.
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a public university located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with regional campuses in Marinette, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan. Founded in 1965, it is part of the University of Wisconsin System.
In response, the Mid-Continent absorbed Central Connecticut State University, Chicago State University, the University at Buffalo, Troy State University (now Troy University), and Northeastern Illinois University from the collapsed East Coast Conference. None of these institutions remain in the league.
Missouri-Kansas City, formerly an independent, also joined the Mid-Continent Conference in 1994.
Eastern Illinois moved to the Ohio Valley Conference in 1996, reducing membership to nine programs. Troy State departed for the Trans America Athletic Conference while Central Connecticut went to the Northeast Conference in 1997. Buffalo joined the MAC in 1998 while Northeastern Illinois ceased intercollegiate athletics at that time. Oral Roberts University and Southern Utah University replaced the former pair while Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Oakland University moved into the latter duo's spots a year later.
Youngstown State switched to the Horizon League in 2001, and was replaced by Centenary College in 2003. Chicago State University announced in the spring of 2006 that it would withdraw from the conference to compete as an independent starting in the 2006-07 school year. Charter member Valparaiso University then moved to the Horizon in 2007.
At the Mid-Continent Conference annual Presidents Council meeting in 2006, conference expansion was discussed at length, and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW, now Purdue Fort Wayne), North Dakota State, and South Dakota State were approved for site visits. On August 30, 2006, IPFW accepted an invitation to join the Mid-Continent Conference as a full member starting July 1, 2007.The following day, North Dakota State and South Dakota State also accepted invitations to join the conference.
The Summit League continued its renewed expansion push with the admission of the University of South Dakota. The Coyotes began conference play in the 2011–12 academic year and become eligible for all championships the following season.Centenary College subsequently announced that it would leave the Summit League following the 2010–2011 campaign.
The University of North Dakota had also been openly rumored to have been courted by the Summit League, but controversy over the Fighting Sioux nickname in all likelihood prevented UND's admission at that time. Expectations that UND would join the Summit League came to an end on November 1, 2010, when North Dakota instead accepted an invitation to join the Big Sky Conference. The University of South Dakota entered into very brief negotiations to join the Big Sky as well, rather than continuing their plans to join the Summit. However, South Dakota chose instead to remain with the more compact Summit League (along with other Dakota schools, NDSU and SDSU). As the University of Nebraska Omaha began the transition to Division I athletics in all sports, it joined the Summit League on July 1, 2012. With the departures of Centenary to Division III at the end of the 2010-11 athletic year, and Southern Utah and Oral Roberts for other Division I conferences at the end of the 2011-12 athletic year, the Summit League continued with nine institutions, all within the Midwest geographical region.
The conference unveiled the University of Denver (DU) as its 10th member on November 27, 2012, and the Pioneers joined in July 2013.While Denver is slightly outside The Summit's current Midwestern base, travel issues for the other members were seemingly minimized by the city's status as a major air hub. Then, with Denver among the eight of ten WAC members switching to other conferences, that league was searching for new members, and on February 7, 2013, it was announced that UMKC would be one of six schools joining the WAC for the 2013-14 season, dropping the Summit league back to nine member schools. On May 7, 2013, membership fell to eight schools, when Oakland announced that it was joining the Horizon League. With Oakland's move, eight of the nine then-current Horizon League programs were former Summit League members (the Horizon has since added a second member that was never in The Summit League, Northern Kentucky).
In December 2013, The Summit League office announced that Oral Roberts University was returning to the conference in all sports, effective July 1, 2014.
The most recent changes to the conference's core membership were announced in 2017. First, on January 26, North Dakota, which had resolved its controversy by selecting the new nickname Fighting Hawks, was unveiled as a new member beginning in 2018.Then, on June 28, IUPUI announced it would leave the conference to join the Horizon League effective July 1, 2017.
For much of 2018, speculation involving further league expansion focused on Augustana University, a Division II school located in the Summit's headquarters city of Sioux Falls. Many of the school's boosters are tied to Sanford Health, a hospital company that has long been a major league sponsor and also owns the office complex that houses the league headquarters.On December 14, the university announced that it would start a transition to Division I, though stating at the time that no such move would take place until at least 2021.
Full membersFull members (non-football)Associate member (baseball, men's soccer, softball, swimming and diving, or men's tennis)
The Summit League sponsors championship competition in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.Former full member Eastern Illinois is an associate member for men's and women's swimming and diving and men's soccer. Drake and Illinois State became associate members in men's tennis starting in 2017–18, and former full member Valparaiso rejoined for men's swimming and men's tennis at the same time.
|Swimming and diving||6||6|
|Track and field (indoor)||6||8|
|Track and field (outdoor)||6||8|
Track & Field
Track & Field
|North Dakota State|
|Purdue Fort Wayne|
|South Dakota State|
Men's varsity sports not sponsored by The Summit League which are played by member schools:
|North Dakota||FCS independent||NCHC||—||—||—||—|
|North Dakota State||MVFC||—||—||—||—||Big 12|
|Purdue Fort Wayne||—||—||—||—||MIVA||—|
|South Dakota State||MVFC||—||—||—||—||Big 12|
Track & Field
Track & Field
|North Dakota State|
|Purdue Fort Wayne|
|South Dakota State|
Women's varsity sports not sponsored by The Summit League which are played by member schools:
|Denver||—||Big 12||Big East||RMISA|
|South Dakota State||United Equestrian Conference &|
National Collegiate Equestrian Association
|1986||Cleveland State||14*||defeated Indiana |
defeated Saint Joseph's
lost to Navy
|1987||Southwest Missouri State||13||defeated Clemson |
lost to Kansas
|1988||Southwest Missouri State||13||lost to UNLV|
|1989||Southwest Missouri State||14||lost to Seton Hall|
|1990||Southwest Missouri State||9*||lost to North Carolina|
|Northern Iowa||14||defeated Missouri |
lost to Minnesota
|1991||Green Bay||12||lost to Michigan State|
|Northern Illinois||13*||lost to St. John's|
|1992||Eastern Illinois||15||lost to Indiana|
|1993||Wright State||16||lost to Indiana|
|1994||Green Bay||12||defeated California |
lost to Syracuse
|1996||Valparaiso||14||lost to Arizona|
|1997||Valparaiso||12||lost to Boston College|
|1998||Valparaiso||13|| defeated Ole Miss |
defeated Florida State
lost to Rhode Island
|1999||Valparaiso||15||lost to Maryland|
|2000||Valparaiso||16||lost to Michigan State|
|2001||Southern Utah||14||lost to Boston College|
|2002||Valparaiso||13||lost to Kentucky|
|2003||IUPUI||16||lost to Kentucky|
|2004||Valparaiso||15||lost to Gonzaga|
|2005||Oakland||16||defeated Alabama A&M**|
Lost to North Carolina
|2006||Oral Roberts||16||lost to Memphis|
|2007||Oral Roberts||14||lost to Washington State|
|2008||Oral Roberts||13||lost to Pittsburgh|
|2009||North Dakota State||14||lost to Kansas|
|2010||Oakland||14||lost to Pittsburgh|
|2011||Oakland||13||lost to Texas|
|2012||South Dakota State||14||lost to Baylor|
|2013||South Dakota State||13||lost to Michigan|
|2014||North Dakota State||12||defeated Oklahoma |
lost to San Diego State
|2015||North Dakota State||15||lost to Gonzaga|
|2016||South Dakota State||12||lost to Maryland|
|2017||South Dakota State||16||lost to Gonzaga|
|2018||South Dakota State||12||lost to Ohio State|
**Opening round game
|School||Soccer stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Baseball field||Capacity||Softball field||Capacity|
|Denver||CIBER Field at the University of Denver Soccer Stadium||2,000||Magness Arena||7,200||Non-baseball school||Non-softball school|
|North Dakota||Bronson Field||N/A||Betty Engelstad Sioux Center||3,300||Non-baseball school||Apollo Sports Complex||N/A|
|North Dakota State||Dacotah Field||2,600||Bison Sports Arena||5,830||Newman Outdoor Field||4,600||Ellig Sports Complex||450|
|Omaha||Al F. Caniglia Field||3,097||Baxter Arena||7,898||Seymour Smith Park||1,000|| Westside Field|
|Oral Roberts||Case Soccer Complex||1,000||Mabee Center||10,575||J. L. Johnson Stadium||2,418||Non-softball school|
|Purdue Fort Wayne||Hefner Soccer Complex||2,000||Hilliard Gates Sports Center||1,800||Mastodon Field||200||Purdue Fort Wayne Softball Field||500|
|South Dakota||USD Soccer Field||N/A||Sanford Coyote Sports Center||6,000||Non-baseball school||Nygard Field||500|
|South Dakota State||Fishback Soccer Park||1,500||Frost Arena||6,500||Erv Huether Field||600||Jackrabbit Softball Stadium||200|
|Western Illinois||MacKenzie Alumni Field||1,000||Western Hall||5,139||Alfred D. Boyer Stadium||500|| Mary Ellen McKee |
|Eastern Illinois||Lakeside Soccer Field||1,000||Soccer-only member|
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