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CONFERENCE USA (C-USA or CUSA) is a collegiate athletic conference whose member institutions are located within the Southern United States . The conference participates in the NCAA 's Division I in all sports. C-USA's offices are located in the Las Colinas business district of the Dallas
Dallas
suburb of Irving, Texas
Irving, Texas
.

C-USA was founded in 1995 by the merger of the Metro Conference and Great Midwest Conference , two Division I conferences that did not sponsor football. However, the merger did not include either Great Midwest member Dayton or Metro members VCU and Virginia Tech . ) Since this left an uneven number of teams in the conference, Houston
Houston
of the dissolving Southwest Conference was extended an invitation and agreed to join following the SWC's disbanding at the end of the 1995-96 academic year. The conference immediately started competition in all sports except for football, which did not launch until 1996.

CONTENTS

* 1 Members

* 1.1 Current members * 1.2 Affiliate members * 1.3 Former members * 1.4 Former affiliate members * 1.5 Membership timeline

* 2 History * 3 Commissioners

* 4 Sports

* 4.1 Sports sponsored * 4.2 Men\'s sponsored sports by school * 4.3 Women\'s sponsored sports by school * 4.4 Football * 4.5 Men\'s basketball * 4.6 Women\'s basketball * 4.7 Baseball

* 5 Championships

* 5.1 Current C-USA champions * 5.2 National champions

* 6 Facilities

* 7 Media

* 7.1 CUSA.TV

* 8 Academics * 9 References * 10 External links

MEMBERS

CURRENT MEMBERS

INSTITUTION LOCATION FOUNDED ENROLLMENT NICKNAME COLORS JOINED

ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM !UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama
1969 18,698 Blazers

1995

FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY Boca Raton, Florida 1961 30,803 Owls

2013

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Miami, Florida 1965 52,980 Panthers

2013

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY Ruston, Louisiana 1894 12,873 Bulldogs border:1px solid #000"> 2013

MARSHALL UNIVERSITY Huntington, West Virginia 1837 16,782 Thundering Herd

2005

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY Murfreesboro, Tennessee 1911 22,729 Blue Raiders

2013

NORTH CAROLINA-CHARLOTTE !UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE

Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
1946 29,000 49ers

2013

NORTH TEXAS !UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS Denton, Texas 1890 36,216 Mean Green

2013

OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY Norfolk, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
1930 24,670 Monarchs border:1px solid #000"> 2013

RICE UNIVERSITY Houston, Texas 1912 6,498 Owls

2005

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI !UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI Hattiesburg, Mississippi 1910 14,845 Golden Eagles border:1px solid #000"> 1995

TEXAS-EL PASO !UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas
1914 23,079 Miners

2005

TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO !UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO San Antonio, Texas 1969 28,628 Roadrunners

2013

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY Bowling Green, Kentucky 1906 20,303 Hilltoppers border:1px solid #000"> 2014

Notes

* ^ UAB was a full but non-football member from 1995 to 1999. UAB announced the discontinuation of their football program effective immediately following the 2014 football season, but has since announced that the football program will return in 2017. * ^ FIU was a men's soccer affiliate from 2005 to 2013. * ^ Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters basketball
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters basketball
uses their traditional Columbia blue instead of the official Tech blue. * ^ Charlotte was a full but non-football member from 1995 to 2005 and again from 2013 to 2015.

* ^ Some Old Dominion women's sports use "Monarchs" and others "Lady Monarchs", as follows:

* Monarchs – Field hockey, lacrosse * Lady Monarchs – Basketball , golf, rowing, soccer, swimming full but non-football member in 2013–14. * ^ Western Kentucky was an affiliate in women's swimming " CLASS="SORTKEY">KENTUCKY !UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY Lexington, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
1865 26,054 Wildcats

2005 soccer (M) Southeastern

NEW MEXICO !UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico
1889 35,211 Lobos

2013 soccer (M) Mountain West

SOUTH CAROLINA !UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
1801 28,481 Gamecocks

2005 soccer (M) Southeastern

FORMER MEMBERS

INSTITUTION LOCATION FOUNDED NICKNAME JOINED LEFT Current Conference

CENTRAL FLORIDA !UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida
1963 Knights 2005 2013 The American

CINCINNATI !UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI Cincinnati, Ohio 1819 Bearcats 1995 2005 The American

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY Chicago, Illinois 1898 Blue Demons 1995 2005 Big East

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY Greenville, North Carolina 1907 Pirates 2001 2014 The American

HOUSTON !UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Houston, Texas 1927 Cougars 1996 2013 The American

LOUISVILLE !UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
1798 Cardinals 1995 2005 Atlantic Coast

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1881 Golden Eagles 1995 2005 Big East

MEMPHIS !UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS Memphis, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
1912 Tigers 1995 2013 The American

SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY Saint Louis !St. Louis, Missouri 1818 Billikens 1995 2005 Atlantic 10

SOUTH FLORIDA !UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA Tampa, Florida 1956 Bulls 1995 2005 The American

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY University Park, Texas 1911 Mustangs 2005 2013 The American

TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY Fort Worth, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
1873 Horned Frogs 2001 2005 Big 12

TULANE UNIVERSITY New Orleans, Louisiana 1834 Green Wave 1995 2014 The American

TULSA !UNIVERSITY OF TULSA Tulsa, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
1894 Golden Hurricane 2005 2014 The American

Notes

* ^ Affiliate in football from 1997 to 2001. * ^ Houston
Houston
was a founding member of C-USA in 1995 but did not begin competition until 1996 because of its commitments to the final year of competition in the Southwest Conference .

FORMER AFFILIATE MEMBERS

INSTITUTION LOCATION FOUNDED NICKNAME JOINED LEFT SPORT Primary Conference

ALABAMA !UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1831 Crimson Tide 2009 2014 rowing Southeastern

ARMY !UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY (ARMY) West Point, New York 1802 Black Knights 1998 2005 football Patriot

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, BAKERSFIELD Bakersfield, California
Bakersfield, California
1965 Roadrunners 2007 2010 swimming " CLASS="SORTKEY">SACRAMENTO STATE !CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SACRAMENTO (SACRAMENTO STATE) Sacramento, California
Sacramento, California
1947 Hornets 2013 2014 rowing Big Sky

COLORADO COLLEGE Colorado Springs, Colorado 1874 Tigers 2006 2014 soccer (W) Southern Collegiate ( NCAA Division III )

KANSAS !UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS Lawrence, Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
1865 Jayhawks 2009 2014 rowing Big 12

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY Manhattan, Kansas 1863 Wildcats 2009 2014 rowing Big 12

NORTH DAKOTA !UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA Grand Forks, North Dakota
Grand Forks, North Dakota
1883 Fighting Hawks 2008 2011 swimming " CLASS="SORTKEY">NORTHERN COLORADO !UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO Greeley, Colorado 1889 Bears 2007 2010 swimming " CLASS="SORTKEY">OKLAHOMA !UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA Norman, Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma
1890 Sooners 2009 2014 rowing Big 12

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY San Diego, California 1947 Aztecs 2013 2014 rowing Mountain West

TENNESSEE !UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Knoxville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
1794 Lady Volunteers 2009 2014 rowing Southeastern

TEXAS !UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas
1883 Longhorns 2009 2014 rowing Big 12

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 Mountaineers 2012 2014 rowing Big 12

Notes

* ^ A B Rowing affiliate of the Big 12 . * ^ Football currently competes as an FBS independent . * ^ A B Rowing affiliate of The American . * ^ Women's soccer affiliate of the Mountain West . * ^ A B Women's swimming color:;">Full members (all-sports) Full members (non-football) Affiliate members (football-only) Affiliate member (other sport)Other Conference Other Conference

HISTORY

C-USA was founded in 1995 by the merger of the Metro Conference and Great Midwest Conference , two Division I conferences that did not sponsor football. To even out at 12 members (because Dayton , VCU , and Virginia Tech were left out of the merger ) the conference invited the University of Houston
University of Houston
, but UH could not start C-USA play for a year due to committing to being in the Southwest Conference in its final year. The conference immediately started competition in all sports, except football which started in 1996.

The conference saw radical changes for the 2005–06 academic year. The stage for these changes was set in 2003, when the Atlantic Coast Conference successfully lured Miami
Miami
and Virginia Tech to make a move from the Big East Conference in 2004. Boston College
Boston College
would later make the same move, joining the ACC in 2005. In response to that series of moves, which depleted the Big East football conference, the Big East looked to Conference USA
Conference USA
to attract replacements. Five C-USA members departed for the Big East, including three football-playing schools ( Cincinnati
Cincinnati
, Louisville , and South Florida ; Louisville moved to the ACC in 2014) and two non-football schools (DePaul and Marquette ; both joined the New Big East in 2013). Another two schools (Charlotte and Saint Louis ) left for the Atlantic 10 ; TCU joined the Mountain West (and is now in the Big 12 with several other former Southwest Conference members); and a ninth member, Army , which was C-USA football-only, opted to become an independent in that sport again.

With the loss of these teams, C-USA lured six teams from other conferences: UCF and Marshall from the MAC , as well as Rice , SMU , Tulsa , and later UTEP from the WAC . Note that UCF played in the MAC for football only; for all other sports, it was a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference .

With C-USA's membership now consisting of 12 schools, all of which sponsor football, the conference has adopted a two-division alignment.

In 2013, C-USA entered its next phase with the departure of four schools (Houston, Memphis, SMU, and UCF) for the American Athletic Conference , the football-sponsoring portion of the former Big East Conference. This was again the result of Big East schools leaving for the ACC, this time being Syracuse and Pittsburgh . It was announced in early 2012 that Conference USA
Conference USA
was in talks with the Mountain West Conference about forming either a football alliance or conference merger in the future.

However, when the conferences discussed their plans with the NCAA, they were told that if they merged, the new league would receive only one automatic bid to NCAA championships; at least one of the former conferences would lose expected future revenues from the NCAA men's basketball tournament; and at least one former conference would lose exit fees from any schools that departed for the new league. As a result, both C-USA and the MW backed away from a full merger. As of April 2012, the likeliest scenario was an all-sports alliance in which both conferences retain separate identities. However, after the MW added more members, the alliance was apparently abandoned.

For men's soccer, there was a chance that the MW, SEC, and C-USA along with the one Sun Belt member (FIU), that sponsor the sport, would play under the C-USA's men's soccer program. The MW, which does not sponsor men's soccer, would take three of the four members that offer the sport (UNLV, Air Force, New Mexico— San Diego
San Diego
State is a Pac-12 associate member in that sport), join C-USA's three full members that offer the sport (UAB, Marshall, Tulsa), the two SEC members already in C-USA for the sport (Kentucky, South Carolina), and the Sun Belt's FIU. However, the only MW member school that ultimately moved to C-USA men's soccer was New Mexico.

For the 2013–14 season C-USA invited five new members to join their conference, with all accepting. UTSA and Louisiana Tech joined from the WAC and North Texas and FIU , (an affiliate member of C-USA joining for men's soccer in 2005), from the Sun Belt Conference. Old Dominion , which already housed five of its sports in C-USA, moved the rest of its athletic program from the CAA (except for field hockey , women\'s lacrosse and wrestling , with the three sports joining the new Big East , the Atlantic Sun , and the MAC respectively because C-USA does not sponsor those sports) and upgraded its football program from the Football Championship Subdivision . Charter member Charlotte returned from the A-10 and accelerated its recently established football program, which was set to begin play in 2013 as an FCS school, to FBS in 2015 with full conference rights in 2016.

On November 27, 2012, it was announced that Tulane would leave the conference to join the Big East in all sports and East Carolina would join the Big East for football only (ECU's membership was upgraded to all-sports in March 2013 after the Big East's non-football members, save for ACC-bound Notre Dame , announced they were leaving to form a new conference which took the Big East name, leaving the football-playing members to become the American Athletic Conference ). Conference USA
Conference USA
responded by adding Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic , both from the Sun Belt. On April 1, 2013, Conference USA announced they were adding Western Kentucky, also from the Sun Belt, to offset Tulsa's departure to The American in all sports which was confirmed the next day.

Citing yet unproven increasing financial difficulties, the UAB football program was shut down on December 2, 2014. According to Conference USA
Conference USA
bylaws, member schools must sponsor football. In January 2015, UAB announced an independent re-evaluation of the program and the finances involved, leaving open a possible resumption of the program as early as the 2016 season. On January 29, 2015, the conference announced that there was no time pressure in making a decision regarding UAB's future membership. The conference also stated that it would wait for the results of the new study before any further discussions on the subject. On June 1, UAB announced that it would reinstate football effective with the 2016 season, presumably keeping the school in C-USA for the immediate future. The return of football was later pushed back to 2017.

Commissioner Britton Banowsky stepped down on Septerber 15, 2015 to become the head of the College Football Playoff Foundation. Executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer Judy MacLeod was subsequently named interim commissioner. On October 26 MacLoed was named the conference's third official commissioner, also becoming the first woman to head an FBS conference.

COMMISSIONERS

* Michael Slive 1995–2002 * Britton Banowsky 2002–2015 * Judy MacLeod 2015–present

SPORTS

SPORTS SPONSORED

Conference USA
Conference USA
sponsors championship competition in nine men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports. Three schools are affiliate members for men's soccer.

TEAMS IN C-USA CONFERENCE SPORT MEN\'S WOMEN\'S

Baseball 12 –

Basketball 14 14

Cross Country 12 13

Football 14 –

Golf
Golf
13 12

Soccer 9 14

Softball – 12

Swimming & Diving
Diving
– 7

Tennis 8 14

Track and Field (Indoor) 10 13

Track and Field (Outdoor) 10 13

Volleyball
Volleyball
– 13

MEN\'S SPONSORED SPORTS BY SCHOOL

MEMBER BASEBALL BASKETBALL XCOUNTRY FOOTBALL GOLF SOCCER TENNIS Indoor Track & Field Outdoor Track ">N N 6

Charlotte Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 9

FIU Y Y Y Y N Y N Y Y 7

Florida Atlantic Y Y Y Y Y Y Y N N 7

Louisiana Tech Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y 7

Marshall Y Y Y Y Y Y N N N 6

Middle Tennessee Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 8

North Texas N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y 6

Old Dominion Y Y N Y Y Y Y N N 6

Rice Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 8

Southern Miss Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y 7

UTEP N Y Y Y Y N N Y Y 6

UTSA Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y 8

Western Kentucky Y Y Y Y Y N N Y Y 7

Total 12 14 11 13 13 6+3# 8 10 10 98+3

Notes

* # = Affiliate members for men's soccer–Kentucky, New Mexico, and South Carolina.

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by Conference USA
Conference USA
which are played by current full C-USA members:

SCHOOL SAILING Swimming ">

* ^ Sailing is a coeducational team sport. It is not sanctioned by the NCAA, but instead by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association . * ^ Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association

WOMEN\'S SPONSORED SPORTS BY SCHOOL

MEMBER BASKETBALL XCOUNTRY GOLF SOCCER SOFTBALL Swimming & Diving
Diving
TENNIS Indoor Track & Field Outdoor Track ">N Y Y Y Y 9

Charlotte Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 9

FIU Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Florida Atlantic Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Louisiana Tech Y Y N Y Y N Y Y Y Y 8

Marshall Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Middle Tennessee Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 9

North Texas Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 10

Old Dominion Y N Y Y N Y Y N N N 5

Rice Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y 8

Southern Miss Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 9

UTEP Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 9

UTSA Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 9

Western Kentucky Y Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y 9

Total 14 13 12 14 12 6 14 13 13 13 124

Notes

* Rice fields a women's team in swimming but not in diving. * Western Kentucky announced on April 14, 2015 that it would suspend its men's and women's swimming ">

* ^ Rifle is technically classified as a men's sport by the NCAA, but allows competitors of both sexes, and also allows schools to field any combination of coed and single-sex teams. UTEP fields a women-only team, and UAB has reinstated its women-only team on June 1, 2015. Initially, the team was to compete in 2016 after a one-year hiatus, but UAB later announced on July 21, 2015 that the team would immediately return. * ^ Sailing is a coeducational team sport. It is not sanctioned by the NCAA, but instead by the Intercollegiate Sailing Association . * ^ Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association * ^ A B UAB reinstated its bowling and rifle teams on June 1, 2015. The rifle team will compete in the 2015–16 school year, and the bowling team will return in 2016 after a one-year hiatus. Both teams were dropped after the 2014–15 school year.

FOOTBALL

Conference USA
Conference USA
uses a divisional format only for football. For the upcoming season, see 2017 Conference USA football season .

TEAM First Season All-Time Record All-Time Win % Bowl Appearances Bowl Record Conference Titles HEAD COACH

EAST DIVISION

CHARLOTTE 2013 16–30 .348 0 0–0 0 Brad Lambert

FLORIDA ATLANTIC 2001 76–116 .396 2 2–0 1 Lane Kiffin

FIU 2002 56–122 .315 2 1–1 1 Butch Davis

MARSHALL 1895 575–536–47 .515 12 10–2 13 Doc Holliday

MIDDLE TENNESSEE 1911 564–418–28 .572 6 1–5 22 Rick Stockstill

OLD DOMINION 1930, 2009 109–66–4 .620 1 1–0 0 Bobby Wilder

WESTERN KENTUCKY 1908 565–384–31 .592 4 3–1 13 Mike Sanford Jr.

WEST DIVISION

LOUISIANA TECH 1901 602–452–37 .569 9 5–3–1 25 Skip Holtz

NORTH TEXAS 1913 499–497–33 .501 8 2–6 24 Seth Littrell

RICE 1912 469–595–32 .443 12 7–5 8 David Bailiff

SOUTHERN MISS 1912 580–415–27 .581 22 11–11 8 Jay Hopson

UAB 1991, 2017 118–153–2 .436 1 0–1 0 Bill Clark

UTEP 1914 384–575–28 .409 14 5–9 2 Sean Kugler

UTSA 2011 32–39 .451 1 0–1 0 Frank Wilson

C-USA CHAMPIONS Main article: Conference USA
Conference USA
Football Championship Game

BOWL GAMES

The highest-ranked champion from the so-called "Group of Five" conferences (The American , C-USA, MAC , Mountain West , and Sun Belt ) is guaranteed a berth in one of the non-semifinal bowls of the College Football Playoff if the group's top team is not in the playoff.

NAME LOCATION STADIUM OPPOSING CONFERENCE

COTTON BOWL CLASSIC Arlington, Texas
Arlington, Texas
AT vertical-align: top;">

FALL 2016

SPORT SCHOOL

Football Western Kentucky (East, Championship) Louisiana Tech (West)

Soccer (M) Charlotte (Regular Season) New Mexico (Tournament)

Soccer (W) North Texas (RS) Charlotte (Tournament)

Volleyball
Volleyball
(W) Western Kentucky (RS, Tournament)

Cross Country (M) UTEP

Cross Country (W) Rice

WINTER 2016–17

SPORT SCHOOL

Basketball (M) Middle Tennessee (RS, Tournament)

Basketball (W) Western Kentucky (RS, Tournament)

Indoor Track & Field (M) Middle Tennessee

Indoor Track & Field (W) UTEP

Swimming vertical-align: top;">

SPRING 2017

SPORT SCHOOL

Baseball Florida Atlantic (RS) Southern Miss (Tournament)

Softball Louisiana Tech (West, Tournament) Marshall (East)

Outdoor Track & Field (M) Western Kentucky

Outdoor Track and CBSSN carrying 6 football games, 5 basketball games, and both the men's and women's basketball championship games. C-USA also renewed and expanded its partnership with American Sports Network ; owned and operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group , ASN will carry between 15 and 30 football games; between 13 and 55 men's basketball games; and between 2 and 5 women's basketball games. ASN will also carry 10 events in other CUSA sports.

The conference also entered into a contract with beIN Sports for 10 football games (marking the first domestic American football rights the network has ever acquired, and the first broadcast rights deal it had ever entered into with a college conference), 10 men's and 10 women's basketball games, 12 baseball and 12 softball games, 10 men's and 10 women's soccer games (excluding conference men's soccer games at Kentucky and South Carolina, covered by their primary conference's contract), and 10 women's volleyball games.

The total values of the 2016 contracts are notably lower than those of the previous contracts (which included Fox Sports ).

Men's soccer associate members Kentucky and South Carolina have an agreement with their primary conference for other sports to carry all home matches online through the SEC Network
SEC Network
service, including all Conference USA
Conference USA
conference matches. ESPN
ESPN
and the SEC Network
SEC Network
will have first rights to all C-USA home men's soccer matches featuring both schools.

In 2017 American Sports Network and Campus Insiders merged creating Stadium (sports network) . Stadium's CUSA content wil be available to stream on Twitter
Twitter
and Pluto TV . In 2017 Stadium completed a deal with Facebook
Facebook
to exclusively stream some CUSA football games. In 2017 CUSA entered an agreement with the streaming subscription service FloSports to stream three football games.

CUSA.TV

In 2016 CUSA partnered with SIDEARM Sports to create a subscription based streaming service named CUSA.TV. In a statement C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod said. “Thanks to our partnership with SIDEARM Sports, this new site showcases a clean modern look with easy access to information and we are proud to offer live content and original feature stories through our CUSA.TV." Various sports including football, basketball, and baseball will exclusively air on CUSA.TV when they are not picked up by other networks.

ACADEMICS

One of the current member schools, Rice University
Rice University
is a member of the Association of American Universities
Association of American Universities
(AAU), an organization of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada
Canada
. Rice and UAB are doctorate-granting universities with "very high research activity," the highest classification given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching . Rice, UAB, Louisiana Tech , and Charlotte are ranked as Tier One National Universities in U.S. News and World Report 's 2016 Best Colleges rankings.

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATION CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT US NEWS FORBES

ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM !UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM Public (UA System ) 7000100000000000000♠Research (Very High) 5000000000000000000♠N/A 7002149000000000000♠149 (National) 7002518000000000000♠518

FLORIDA ATLANTIC !FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY Public (SUSF ) 7000200000000000000♠Research (High) 7008189287000000000♠$270,933,875 7002203000000000000♠RNP (National) 7002536000000000000♠536

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL !FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY Public (SUSF ) 7000200000000000000♠Research (High) 7008149384000000000♠$230,954,000 7002203000000000000♠RNP (National) 7002487000000000000♠487

LOUISIANA TECH !LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY Public (UL System ) 7000200000000000000♠Research (High) 5000000000000000000♠N/A 7002199000000000000♠199 (National) 7002389000000000000♠389

MARSHALL !MARSHALL UNIVERSITY Public 7000400000000000000♠Master's (Larger) 7007906370000000000♠$114,742,403 7002325000000000000♠45 (Regional: South) 7002651000000000000♠N/A

MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE !MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY Public (TBR ) 7000300000000000000♠Doctoral/Research 7007757100000000000♠$75,710,000 7002203000000000000♠RNP (National) 7002635000000000000♠635

NORTH CAROLINA CHARLOTTE !UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHARLOTTE

Public (UNC System ) 7000300000000000000♠Doctoral/Research 7008148048000000000♠$166,591,692 7002194000000000000♠194 (National) 7002495000000000000♠495

NORTH TEXAS !UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS Public (UNT System ) 7000200000000000000♠Research (High) 7008122369000000000♠$131,749,714 7002203000000000000♠RNP (National) 7002570000000000000♠570

OLD DOMINION !OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY Public 7000200000000000000♠Research (High) 7008213700000000000♠$193,997,191 7002203000000000000♠210 (National) 7002551000000000000♠551

RICE !RICE UNIVERSITY Private 7000100000000000000♠Research (Very High) 7009483672800000000♠$4,836,728,000 7001180000000000000♠18 (National) 7001320000000000000♠32

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI !UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI Public 7000200000000000000♠Research (High) 7007688630000000000♠$68,863,000 7002203000000000000♠RNP (National) 7002575000000000000♠575

TEXAS EL PASO !UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO Public (UT System ) 7000200000000000000♠Research (High) 5000000000000000000♠N/A 7002203000000000000♠RNP (National) 7002491000000000000♠491

TEXAS SAN ANTONIO !UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO Public (UT System ) 7000200000000000000♠Research (High) 5000000000000000000♠N/A 7002203000000000000♠RNP (National) 7002642000000000000♠642

WESTERN KENTUCKY !WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY Public 7000400000000000000♠Master's (Larger) 7008118396000000000♠$118,396,000 7002311000000000000♠31 (Regional: South) 7002584000000000000♠584

Notes

* ^ A B C D UAB, Louisiana Tech, UTEP, and UTSA did not participate in the 2013 NACUBO Endowment Study. * ^ A B C D E F G H In the 2016 US News national university rankings, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Southern Miss, UTEP, and UTSA are listed as Rank Not Published (RNP), otherwise known as Tier Two. * ^ Marshall is not ranked in the 2015 Forbes
Forbes
America's Best 650 Colleges rankings.

REFERENCES

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Diving
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