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color="#FFFFFF">Great Lakes Valley Conference
Classification NCAA Division II
Established 1978
Members 15 (16 in 2011)
Sports fielded 15 (7 men’s, 8 women’s)
Region Central United States
States 5 - Missourimarker, Illinoismarker, Wisconsinmarker,
Indianamarker, Kentuckymarker
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indianamarker
The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) is a highly competitive intercollegiate athletic conference which competes at the NCAA's Division II level. Member teams are located in the states of Illinoismarker, Indianamarker, Kentuckymarker, Missourimarker, and Wisconsinmarker.

The GLVC is considered one of the top small college basketball conferences in the nation and placed a team in the men's NCAA Division II final over 11 straight years from 1994 to 2004.

In October 2008 Maryville Universitymarker (MO) and The University of Illinois at Springfieldmarker (UIS) accepted invitations to join the GLVC and will begin competing in the conference in the fall of 2009. The league will split into three divisions based on geography (East, North, and West) for the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons, and will revert to two divisions when William Jewell College joins in 2011.


Current Members

East Division
Institution Team Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year Joined
Bellarmine Universitymarker Knights Louisville, Kentuckymarker 1950 Private/Roman Catholic 3,134 1978
University of Indianapolismarker Greyhounds Indianapolis, Indianamarker 1902 Private/United Methodist 4,300 1978
Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers Owensboro, Kentuckymarker 1858 Private/Methodist 681 1978
Northern Kentucky Universitymarker Norse Highland Heights, Kentuckymarker 1968 Public 13,910 1985
University of Southern Indianamarker Screaming Eagles Evansville, Indianamarker 1965 Public 10,040 1978

North Division
Institution Team Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year Joined
University of Illinois at Springfieldmarker Prairie Stars Springfield, Illinoismarker 1969 Public 4,855 2009
Lewis University Flyers Romeoville, Illinoismarker 1932 Private/Roman Catholic Lasallian 5,200 1980
Quincy Universitymarker Hawks Quincy, Illinoismarker 1860 Private/Roman Catholic 1,269 1994
Saint Joseph's College Pumas Rensselaer, Indianamarker 1889 Private/Roman Catholic 991 1978
University of Wisconsin–Parkside Rangers Kenosha, Wisconsinmarker 1968 Public 5,000 1994

West Division
Institution Team Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year Joined
Drury Universitymarker Panthers Springfield, Missourimarker 1873 Private/Disciples of Christ 5,100 2005
Maryville Universitymarker Saints St. Louis, Missourimarker 1872 Private 3,400 2009
Missouri University of Science and Technologymarker Miners Rolla, Missourimarker 1870 Public 6,100 2005
Rockhurst University Hawks Kansas City, Missourimarker 1910 Private/Roman Catholic Jesuit 3,000 2005
University of Missouri–St. Louismarker Tritons St. Louis, Missourimarker 1963 Public 15,548 1995

Joins in 2011
Institution Team Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Year Joined
William Jewell College Cardinals Liberty, Missourimarker 1849 Private 1,050 2011

In 2009 Rockhurst applied for membership in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association which would allow it to compete with geographically closer teams. There was some reluctance by the MIAA, since Rockhurst does not have football. On July 2, 2009, the MIAA voted against taking Rockhurst, deciding to stay with 12 teams for time being.

Former Members

Institution Team Nickname Location Founded Affiliation Enrolmment Year Joined Year Left Current Conference
Ashland University Eagles Ashland, Ohiomarker 1878 Private 6,500 1978 1994 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Kentucky State Universitymarker Thorobreds Frankfort, Kentuckymarker 1886 Public 2,341 1989 1994 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Indiana-Purdue Fort Waynemarker Mastadons Fort Wayne, Indianamarker 1964 Public 10,878 1984 2001 The Summit League (Division I)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsvillemarker Cougars Edwardsville, Illinoismarker 1957 Public 10,920 1994 2008 Ohio Valley Conference (Division I)


  1. Lincoln returns to MIAA - St. Joseph News-Press - February 2, 2009
  2. MIAA doesn't take Rockhurst - Topeka Capital Journal - July 2, 2009

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