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.


Currently, the MVC has 10 members. In July 2022, one school will leave (indicated in pink) and two will join.

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joined
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
Loyola University Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1870 Private Ramblers 2013
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public Bears 1990
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 1890 Public Panthers 1979
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, Illinois 1869 Public Salukis 1975
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.

Future membersEdit

School Location Founded Type Nickname Joining
Belmont University Nashville, Tennessee 1890 Private Bruins 2022
Murray State University Murray, Kentucky 1922 Public Racers 2022

Associate membersEdit

The MVC has four "associate members", each of which plays one sport in the conference.

School Location Founded Type Joined Sport Current main conference Nickname
Dallas Baptist University Dallas, Texas 1898 Private 2013 Baseball Lone Star (D-II) Patriots
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Little Rock) Little Rock, Arkansas 1927 Public 2010 Women's swimming and diving Sun Belt
(Ohio Valley in 2022)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, Illinois 1966 Public 2021[a] Men's soccer Ohio Valley Cougars
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York 1957 Public 2016[b] Women's tennis America East Seawolves
  1. SIU Edwardsville had been an MVC men's soccer member from 2010 to 2017 (2010–2016 seasons) before returning for that sport in 2021.
  2. Stony Brook first joined the MVC as a men's tennis associate in 2014, and moved women's tennis to the MVC in 2016. The school dropped men's tennis in 2017.


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