College athletic conference

In college athletics in the United States, institutions typically join together in conferences for regular play under different governing bodies.

Varsity sports

There are several national and regional associations governing the varsity teams of colleges and universities. Varsity teams are typically funded by an institution's athletic department, and under some governing bodies players are eligible for athletic scholarships.

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Division I

Multi-sport conferences
Ice hockey conferences
Other single-sport conferences

This list also includes conferences in sports that the NCAA does not split into divisions.

Division II

Division III

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA)

National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)

  • Central Region
  • East Region
  • Mid-East Region
  • Mid-West Region
  • North Central Region
  • South Region
  • Southwest Region
  • West Region

Association of Christian College Athletics (ACCA)

National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)

California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA)

Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC)

  • Northern Region
  • Southern Region
  • Eastern Region
  • Western Region

Independent conferences

Other collegiate sports associations



  • ACCC: Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • RMCCC: Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • ECCC: Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • SCCCC: South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • MWCCC: Midwestern Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • SECCC: Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • NCCCC: North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • SWCCC: Southwestern Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • NWCCC: Northwestern Collegiate Cycling Conference
  • WCCC: Western Collegiate Cycling Conference



See: Category:College lacrosse leagues in the United States



Sprint football


Water polo


  • Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA)
  • National Collegiate Wrestling Association
    • Mid-Atlantic – Teams from Tennessee, the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware
    • North Central – Teams from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin
    • Northeast – Teams from New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont
    • Northwest – Teams from Washington and British Columbia
    • Southeast – Teams from Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi
    • Southwest – Teams from Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Kansas
    • West – Teams from California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona