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The Atlantic Sun Conference, branded since the 2016–17 school year as the ASUN Conference, is a NCAA conference whose members play in the NCAA Division I. The conference is headquartered in Macon, Georgia and mostly features universities and colleges from the southeastern United States. The ASUN does not play football.

The ASUN began in 1978 as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC). It became the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2001.


As of the 2016–17 school year, the ASUN has eight full members, or schools that play almost all of their sports in the conference.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, Florida 1991 Public Eagles 2007
Jacksonville University Jacksonville, Florida 1934 Private Dolphins 1998
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, Georgia 1963 Public Owls 2005
Lipscomb University Nashville, Tennessee 1891 Private Bisons 2003
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Newark, New Jersey 1881 Public Highlanders 2015
University of North Florida Jacksonville, Florida 1969 Public Ospreys 2005
Stetson University DeLand, Florida 1883 Private Hatters 1985
University of South Carolina Upstate
(USC Upstate)
Spartanburg, South Carolina 1967 Public Spartans 2007

Future member

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joining
University of North Alabama Florence, Alabama 1830 Public Lions 2018

The most recent membership change came in July 2015, when Northern Kentucky University left the ASUN to join the Horizon League and was replaced by NJIT, which had previously been an independent (not in any conference).

NJIT joined the conference immediately in all ASUN sports that it sponsors except for men's soccer. That team continued to play in the Sun Belt Conference through the 2015 season because NJIT had a contract to play in that league through that time.

The ASUN will add a ninth full member in 2018 when the University of North Alabama joins from the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference.

Associate members

The ASUN also has seven "associate members" that play one or two sports in the conference while being full members of another conference. An eighth school will become an associate member in July 2017.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined ASUN sport(s) Main
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, Michigan 1892 Public Chippewas 2015 Women's lacrosse Mid-American Conference
Coastal Carolina University Conway, South Carolina 1954 Public Chanticleers 2015 (BV)
2016 (WLAX)
Beach volleyball,
women's lacrosse
Sun Belt Conference
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, Michigan 1877 Private Titans 2012 Women's lacrosse Horizon League
Furman University Greenville, South Carolina 1826 Private Paladins 2013 Women's lacrosse Southern Conference
Howard University Washington, D.C. 1867 Private Lady Bison 2013 Women's lacrosse Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Mercer University Macon, Georgia 1833 Private Bears 2014 (both) Beach volleyball,
women's lacrosse
Southern Conference
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 Public Monarchs 2014 Women's lacrosse Conference USA

Future associate member

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joining ASUN sport(s) Main
Wofford College Spartanburg, South Carolina 1854 Private Terriers 2017 Women's lacrosse Southern Conference

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