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The Atlantic 10 Conference (A10) is a NCAA conference that plays in NCAA Division I. The conference is headquartered in Newport News, Virginia and features universities and colleges from the Eastern and Midwestern United States.


The A10 was founded by eight Eastern schools in 1975 as the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League, and began play in 1976. It first played only men's basketball, but added other sports in 1977 and became the Eastern Athletic Association. Despite its official names, the conference was more often called the Eastern 8. By 1982, the conference had 10 schools, and it became the Atlantic 10.

Although the conference has had "10" in its name since 1982, it has not had 10 members since Penn State left for the second and final time in 1991. Since then, the A10 has had anywhere from 8 to 16 full members (schools that play most of their sports in the conference). From 1997 to 2006, the A10 ran a football league, but it dropped the sport when the Colonial Athletic Association began a football league.


Fourteen schools are full members. Most of the members are private schools; seven are run by the Catholic Church.

School Location Founded Type
Nickname Joined
Davidson College Davidson, North Carolina 1837 Private
Wildcats 2014
University of Dayton Dayton, Ohio 1850 Private
Flyers 1995
Duquesne University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1878 Private
Dukes 1976, 1993
Fordham University Bronx, New York 1841 Private
Rams 1995
George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia 1957 Public Patriots 2013
George Washington University Washington, D.C. 1821 Private
Colonials 1976
La Salle University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1863 Private
Rams 1995
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, Massachusetts 1863 Public Minutemen &
University of Rhode Island Kingston, Rhode Island 1892 Public Rams 1980
University of Richmond Richmond, Virginia 1830 Private
Spiders 2001
St. Bonaventure University St. Bonaventure, New York 1858 Private
Bonnies 1979
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1851 Private
Hawks 1982
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 1818 Private
Billikens 2005
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, Virginia 1838 Public Rams 2012

Associate members

Two schools are "associate members" that play only one sport in the A10.

School Location Founded Type
Nickname Joined A10 Sport Main Conference
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1870 Public Bald Eagles 2010 Field hockey PSAC (Div. II)
Saint Francis University Loretto, Pennsylvania 1847 Private
Red Flash 2013 Field hockey Northeast Conference

Former members

Ten schools were once full members of the A10, but are no longer in the conference.

School Location Founded Type
Nickname Joined Left Current Conference
Butler University Indianapolis, Indiana 1855 Private
Bulldogs 2012 2013 Big East
University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte) Charlotte, North Carolina 1946 Public 49ers 2005 2013 C-USA
Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pennsylvania 1855 Public/private hybrid Nittany Lions 1976
Big Ten
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1787 Public/private hybrid Panthers 1976 1982 ACC
Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey 1766 Public Scarlet Knights 1976 1995 Big Ten
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1884 Public/private hybrid Owls 1982 2013 The American
Villanova University Villanova, Pennsylvania 1842 Private
Wildcats 1976 1980 Big East
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) Blacksburg, Virginia 1872 Public Hokies 1995 2000 ACC
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 Public Mountaineers 1976 1995 Big 12
Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio 1831 Private
Musketeers 1995 2013 Big East

See also

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