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The Summit League is a NCAA conference that plays in the NCAA Division I. The member universities and colleges are in the Midwestern United States, plus one member in Colorado. Their headquarters are in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst, Illinois

The league once sponsored football, but dropped the sport after the 1984 season. All four Summit League members that have football teams now play in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.


The Summit League was founded in 1982 as the Association of Mid-Continent Universities (AMCU or AMCU-8) with eight members. The only one of these schools that is still a member is Western Illinois. In 1989, the AMCU changed its name to the Mid-Continent Conference, or MCC (those initials, however, were also being used by the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, now the Horizon League).

The Mid-Continent saw many changes in the first part of the 1990s, with the biggest coming in 1992 and 1994. In 1992, the conference added women's sports after it absorbed the North Star Conference, a league that only sponsored women's sports. Then in 1994, six schools (including three charter members) left for the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. They were replaced by six other schools, five of them coming from the collapsed East Coast Conference. None of the schools that joined in 1994 are now in the league.

Since the 1994 changes, the conference has had anywhere from 8 to 10 members. It changed its name to The Summit League in 2007.


Currently, The Summit League has nine full members.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined
University of Denver Denver, Colorado 1864 Private Pioneers 2013
Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Fort Wayne, Indiana 1964 Public Mastodons 2007
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Indianapolis, Indiana 1969 Public Jaguars 1998
North Dakota State University Fargo, North Dakota 1890 Public Bison 2007
University of Nebraska Omaha (Omaha) Omaha, Nebraska 1908 Public Mavericks 2012
Oral Roberts University Tulsa, Oklahoma 1963 Private Golden Eagles 1997, 2014
University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota 1862 Public Coyotes 2011
South Dakota State University Brookings, South Dakota 1881 Public Jackrabbits 2007
Western Illinois University Macomb, Illinois 1899 Public Leathernecks 1982

Associate members

The Summit League has one "associate" member that plays three sports in the conference. (The NCAA counts men's and women's teams in the same sport as playing two different sports.)

School Location Founded Type Nickname Summit League
Joined Main conference
Eastern Illinois University Charleston, Illinois 1895 Public Panthers Men's soccer
Men's swimming and diving
Women's swimming and diving
2005 (all) OVC

Former members

No fewer than 21 schools have been full members, but are no longer in the league.

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