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This is an alphabetical list of NCAA Division I conferences. This page will be maintained concurrently with the equivalent category.


Current conferences

Defunct conferences

This list includes conferences that operated as "major conferences" before NCAA Division I was established as the NCAA University Division in 1956. (The "Division I" name was adopted in 1973.)

  • American Metro Conference
  • American South Conference — merged into the Sun Belt Conference
  • Big Eight Conference — part of the merger that formed the current Big 12 Conference, but the Big 12 does not recognize the Big Eight's history
  • Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association
  • East Coast Conference — absorbed by the conference now known as the Summit League. Not to be confused with the current NCAA Division II conference of the same name.
  • Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League — absorbed by the Ivy League and claimed by that league as part of its own history
  • Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference — originally a women-only conference; later added football as its only men's sport. Women's league absorbed by the Missouri Valley Conference; conference charter maintained by the football league, now known as the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
  • Great Midwest Conference — half of the merger that formed Conference USA
  • Great West Conference
  • Gulf Star Conference — effectively absorbed by the Southland Conference
  • High Country Athletic Conference — women-only conference absorbed by the Western Athletic Conference
  • Metro Conference — the other half of the merger that formed Conference USA
  • Metropolitan Collegiate Conference — not to be confused with the Metro Conference
  • Metropolitan New York Conference
  • Mountain States Conference
  • Mountain West Athletic Conference — women-only conference absorbed by the Big Sky Conference. Not to be confused with today's Mountain West Conference.
  • New England Conference — Disbanded, though four of its members became founding members of the Yankee Conference under a new charter.
  • New South Women's Athletic Conference — as its name suggests, women-only; absorbed by the league now known as the ASUN Conference
  • North Star Conference — women-only conference effectively absorbed by the conference now known as the Summit League
  • Northern Pacific Conference — women-only; disbanded once the Pac-10 Conference (now Pac-12) began sponsoring women's sports
  • Orange Belt Conference
  • Pacific Coast Conference — claimed by the Pac-12 Conference as part of its own history, though it operated under a separate charter
  • Southwest Conference
  • Western Collegiate Athletic Association — women-only league; known in its final season of 1985–86 as the Pacific West Conference (not to be confused with the modern NCAA Division II league). Also disbanded when the Pac-10 began sponsoring women's sports.
  • Yankee Conference — founded as an all-sports league, but became football-only in 1975 and was eventually absorbed by the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1997.
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