Missouri Valley Conference

US college athletic conference

The Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) is a college sports conference in the United States that sponsors many sports, but has not played football since the 1984 season.

The MVC has its roots in the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA), a league formed in 1907 by several schools in the Midwestern United States. The MVIAA split into two leagues in 1928. One league, made up mostly of large schools, kept the MVIAA name and years later became the Big Eight Conference. The smaller schools formed the MVC. Both groups claimed a 1907 founding date, and the same history up to the 1928 split. However, the Big Eight merged in 1996 with several schools from the collapsing Southwest Conference to form today's Big 12 Conference, which does not claim any of the Big Eight's history. Because of this, only the MVC now has a claim to any of the MVIAA's history.



Following the departure of one school and the arrival of three in July 2022, the MVC has 12 members.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined
Belmont University Nashville, Tennessee 1890 Private Bruins 2022
Bradley University Peoria, Illinois 1897 Private Braves 1948, 1955[a]
Drake University Des Moines, Iowa 1881 Private Bulldogs 1907, 1956[a]
University of Evansville Evansville, Indiana 1854 Private Purple Aces 1994
Illinois State University Normal, Illinois 1857 Public Redbirds 1981
Indiana State University Terre Haute, Indiana 1865 Public Sycamores 1977
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public Bears 1990
Murray State University Murray, Kentucky 1922 Public Racers 2022
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 1890 Public Panthers 1979
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, Illinois 1869 Public Salukis 1975
University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Chicago, Illinois 1859 Public Flames 2022
Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana 1859 Private Beacons 2017
  1. 1.0 1.1 During the 1951–52 school year, Bradley and Drake left the MVC. This followed a race-related attack against black Drake football player Johnny Bright by a white Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) player during a 1951 game. Bradley came back to the MVC in 1955, and Drake did so a year later.

Associate members


The MVC has four "associate members", each of which plays one sport in the conference. Two more are joining in July 2024.

School Location Founded Type Joined Sport Current main conference Nickname
Ball State University Muncie. Indiana 1918 Public 2024 Men's swimming & diving MAC Cardinals
Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green) Bowling Green, Ohio 1910 Public 2023 Men's soccer MAC Falcons
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock) Little Rock, Arkansas 1927 Public 2013 Women's swimming & diving Ohio Valley Trojans
Miami University Oxford, Ohio 1809 Public 2024 Men's swimming & diving MAC RedHawks
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois 1895 Public 2023 Men's soccer MAC Huskies
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Michigan 1903 Public 2023 Men's soccer MAC Broncos


  • "Missouri Valley Conference". mvc-sports.com. Retrieved 2014-06-02.