Big Ten Conference facts for kids
"Big Ten" redirects here. For other uses, see Big Ten (disambiguation).
The Big Ten Conference is the United States' oldest Division I college athletic conference. Most of its 14 member institutions are in the Midwestern United States.
|Institution||Location||Founded||Joined Conference||Affiliation||Enrollment||Nickname||Varsity Teams||NCAA Championships (as of January 1, 2014)
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Urbana and Champaign, Illinois||1867||1896||Public||42,728||Fighting Illini||21||18|
|Indiana University Bloomington||Bloomington, Indiana||1820||1899
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, Iowa||1847||1899
|University of Maryland, College Park||College Park, Maryland||1856||2014||Public||37,631||Terrapins||20||25|
|University of Michigan||Ann Arbor, Michigan||1817||1896
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, Michigan||1855||1950
|University of Minnesota||Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota||1851||1896||Public||51,194||Golden Gophers||23||17|
|University of Nebraska–Lincoln||Lincoln, Nebraska||1869||2011||Public||24,593||Cornhuskers||21||17|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, Illinois||1851||1896||Private/Non-sectarian||13,407||Wildcats||19||8|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, Ohio||1870||1912||Public||52,568||Buckeyes||35||25|
|Pennsylvania State University||University Park, Pennsylvania||1855||1990
|Public||Nittany Lions (Lady Lions for women's basketball only)||31||43|
|Purdue University||West Lafayette, Indiana||1869||1896||Public||39,333||Boilermakers||18||3|
|Rutgers University||New Brunswick and Piscataway, New Jersey||1766||2014||Public||41,565||Scarlet Knights||27||1|
|University of Wisconsin||Madison, Wisconsin||1848||1896||Public||41,466||Badgers||23||28|
The Big Ten gained its first "associate member"—i.e., a school playing only a small number of sports (in this case, one) in the conference—in 2014. The same school brought a second sport into the Big Ten in 2016. A second school became an associate member in 2017.
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore, Maryland||1876||2014 (men)
|5,066||Blue Jays||Men's and women's lacrosse||Centennial Conference (Div. III)|
|University of Notre Dame||Notre Dame, Indiana||1842||2017||Private
|11,773||Fighting Irish||Men's ice hockey||ACC|
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