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The Mid-American Conference (MAC) is a college sports conference whose full members are located in the Great Lakes region of the United States. It sponsors 11 men's sports and 12 women's sports at the NCAA Division I level. In football, the MAC is one of 10 conferences that play in the top-level Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

The MAC was founded in 1946 by five schools in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, but only one of the founding members, Ohio University, is still in the conference. All but two of its current full members are in those three states.

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Full members

Currently, the MVC has 12 full members, all public schools, each of which competes in at least 15 MAC sports. Every member of the conference competes in football, baseball, men's and women's basketball, and the following women's sports: cross country, soccer, softball, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball. In many sports, the conference is split into East and West Divisions.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined
East Division
University of Akron Akron, Ohio 1870 Public Zips 1992
Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio 1910 Public Falcons 1952
University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York 1846 Public Bulls 1998
Kent State University Kent, Ohio 1910 Public Golden Flashes 1981
Miami University Oxford, Ohio 1809 Public RedHawks 1977
Ohio University Athens, Ohio 1804 Public Bobcats 1948
West Division
Ball State University Muncie, Indiana 1918 Public Cardinals 1973
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, Michigan 1892 Public Chippewas 1971
Eastern Michigan University Ypsilanti, Michigan 1892 Public Eagles 1971
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois 1895 Public Huskies 1975, 1997
University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio 1872 Public Rockets 1950
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Michigan 1903 Public Broncos 1947

Associate members

The MAC has nine "associate members" that play only one or two sports in the conference. Of these schools, only one has two sports in the MAC.

School Location Founded Type Sport(s) Current main conference Nickname
Binghamton University Vestal, New York 1946 Public Men's tennis America East Bearcats
University of Evansville Evansville, Indiana 1854 Private Men's swimming and diving Missouri Valley Purple Aces
Longwood University Farmville, Virginia 1839 Public Field hockey Big South Lancers
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 1839 Public Wrestling SEC Tigers
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public Field hockey,
men's swimming and diving
Missouri Valley Bears
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 1876 Public Wrestling Missouri Valley Panthers
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 Public Wrestling Conference USA Monarchs
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, Illinois 1869 Public Men's swimming and diving Missouri Valley Salukis
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 Public Men's soccer Big 12 Mountaineers

Future associate member

Another school will join the MAC in a single sport in July 2017.

School Location Founded Type Sport(s) Current main conference Nickname
Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina 1899 Public Field hockey Sun Belt Mountaineers

See also

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