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About The NCAC

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference is dedicated to fostering a complementary relationship between intercollegiate athletics and the pursuit of academic excellence. Consisting of nine academically selective colleges and universities in Ohio and Indiana — Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University, The College of Wooster, along with affiliate members Allegheny College and Earlham College — the NCAC believes that high-level athletic programs need not be sacrificed in order to meet rigid academic standards. 

Significantly, all nine NCAC institutions have been granted chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, the preeminent honor society for colleges and universities. Only 290 of the more than 3,000 four-year institutions in the United States have been so honored. 

A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III, the NCAC features championship competition in 23 sports — 11 for men and 12 for women. The 12 women's sports are among the most offered by any Division III conference, and the equality in number and emphasis between men's and women's athletics is just one of the elements that sets the North Coast apart.

The goals of the conference express the best aspirations of American amateur athletics. The NCAC brings together a group of institutions that share a common allegiance to academic quality and to the conduct of athletics so as to support the educational purpose. Intercollegiate athletics can and should complement academic life, rather than compete with it, and sports should enhance the experience of students during their college years. This type of academic and athletic commitment has been led by the nine school presidents, who have taken an active role in the governance of the conference.

Forty-five teams from 22 North Coast sports, including all 10 member institutions, were represented in the NCAA postseason during the 2021-22 academic year.

NCAC teams recorded several strong Division III championship performances during the academic year. Kenyon women's swimming and diving won its 24th NCAA Division III national championship, while the Denison men's and women's swimming & diving teams each recorded third-place finishes. Also noteworthy, Wabash men's basketball advanced into the semifinals of the national championships, while the Wittenberg Tigers placed seventh at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship.

NCAC member institutions have collected 70 national team championships since the conference's first playing season in 1984-85. 

In the 2021-22 academic year, 170 All-America or Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-America certificates were distributed to student-athletes from North Coast schools.

The NCAC's commitment to equity, its broad base of athletic programs, and an unwavering insistence on excellence in academics has served as a model for conferences throughout the country.   

The North Coast has shown not only that these ideals can coexist, but that they can flourish. The NCAC continues as a pace-setter in the 21st century.



National Affiliation
NCAA Division III 

Founded and Chartered
February, 1983 

Number of Championship Sports
23 (11 men's, 12 women's)

Related North Coast Athletic Conference links:
National Collegiate Athletic Association
Division III Commissioners' Association
NCAA Faculty Athletics Representatives Association
National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
National Association of Division III Administrators
College Sports Information Directors of America