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The Mountain East Conference (MEC) is a conference that competes in NCAA Division II. It was founded in 2013 and currently has 12 members, mostly in West Virginia with other members in Maryland and Ohio.

The MEC is an offshoot of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC), a league that had operated mainly in that state since 1924. In 2012, the nine football-playing members of that league, all but one from West Virginia (the exception being Seton Hill, located in Pennsylvania), announced plans to leave and form a new conference. By the time the MEC was established, Seton Hill had opted to join the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC); the MEC filled out its charter membership with legacy WVIAC member Wheeling Jesuit (now Wheeling), Ohio schools Notre Dame and Urbana; and Virginia–Wise (UVA–Wise).

Since its formation, the MEC has gained and lost three members. In 2019, charter member Shepherd left for the PSAC and UVA–Wise left for the South Atlantic Conference. They were replaced by legacy WVIAC member Davis & Elkins and Division III upgrader Frostburg State. In 2020, charter member Urbana closed due to financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, while another legacy WVIAC member, Alderson Broaddus, joined.

Current members

Institution Location Type Nickname Joined
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia Private (Baptist) Battlers 2020
University of Charleston Charleston, West Virginia Private (nonsectarian) Golden Eagles 2013
Concord University Athens, West Virginia Public Mountain Lions 2013
Davis & Elkins College Elkins, West Virginia Private (Presbyterian) Senators 2019
Fairmont State University Fairmont, West Virginia Public Falcons 2013
Frostburg State University Frostburg, Maryland Public Bobcats 2019
Glenville State College Glenville, West Virginia Public Pioneers 2013
Notre Dame College South Euclid, Ohio Private (Catholic) Falcons 2013
West Liberty University West Liberty, West Virginia Public Hilltoppers 2013
West Virginia State University Institute, West Virginia Public Yellow Jackets 2013
West Virginia Wesleyan College Buckhannon, West Virginia Private (United Methodist) Bobcats 2013
Wheeling University Wheeling, West Virginia Private (Catholic) Cardinals 2013
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Former members

Institution Location Type Nickname Joined Left Current conference
Shepherd University Shepherdstown, West Virginia Public Rams 2013 2019 PSAC
Urbana University Urbana, Ohio Private (nonsectarian) Blue Knights 2013 2020 N/A (school closed in 2020)
University of Virginia's College at Wise (UVA–Wise) Wise, Virginia Public Cavaliers 2013 2019 South Atlantic

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