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Eleven highly selective private colleges compose the Centennial Conference. The institutions are renowned nationally for their traditions in higher education excellence, each with impressive academic histories. Ten of the eleven members of the Centennial Conference rank among the top 100 national liberal arts colleges (with Johns Hopkins University being the only research intensive university in the conference), and six of the members are within the top 50.
On the average, Centennial members boast of 19 varsity teams per campus which is well above the national norm. Conference members have won eleven NCAA team titles: Johns Hopkins women's cross country (2012, 2013, 2014), Gettysburg women's lacrosse (2011), Haverford men's cross country (2010), Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse (2007, 2009), Ursinus field hockey (2006), Washington men's lacrosse (1998), and Washington men's tennis (1994, 1997).
According to the Centennial Conference's web site: "On June 4, 1981, Keith Spalding, then-president of Franklin & Marshall College, made the announcement that "eight private colleges found it timely and appropriate to form a round-robin football schedule among institutions with similar attitudes and practices in intercollegiate football competition." With that statement, the Centennial Conference was born. Those private colleges were Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, Johns Hopkins University, Muhlenberg College, Swarthmore College, Ursinus College, and Western Maryland College (later renamed and now known as McDaniel College).
The conference moved from a football-only conference to an all-sports conference after a 1991 feasibility study. The study also recommended to expand from eight schools to eleven. The other schools recommended were Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, and Washington College. Those three schools accepted and became charter members in 1992 as the conference expanded its sports offerings.
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Nickname||US News Ranking 2016
for Liberal Arts
|Bryn Mawr College1||Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania||1885||Private||1,890||1992||Owls||25||No|
|Dickinson College||Carlisle, Pennsylvania||1783||Private||2,381||1981||Red Devils||40||Yes|
|Franklin & Marshall College||Lancaster, Pennsylvania||1787||Private||2,104||1981||Diplomats||40||Yes|
|Gettysburg College||Gettysburg, Pennsylvania||1832||Private||2,600||1981||Bullets||48||Yes|
|Haverford College||Haverford, Pennsylvania||1833||Private||1,169||1992||Fords||12||No|
|Johns Hopkins University2||Baltimore, Maryland||1876||Private||4,478||1981||Blue Jays||10
|McDaniel College||Westminster, Maryland||1867||Private||1,635||1981||Green Terror||134||Yes|
|Muhlenberg College||Allentown, Pennsylvania||1848||Private/Lutheran||2,483||1981||Mules||72||Yes|
|Swarthmore College||Swarthmore, Pennsylvania||1864||Private||1,525||1981||Garnet||3||No|
|Ursinus College||Collegeville, Pennsylvania||1869||Private||1,583||1981||Bears||93||Yes|
|Washington College||Chestertown, Maryland||1782||Private||1,450||1992||Shoremen (men's)
|Institution||Location||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Nickname||US News Ranking 2013
for Liberal Arts
|Juniata College||Huntingdon, Pennsylvania||1876||Private||1,460||2007||Eagles||100||Landmark||football|
|United States Merchant Marine Academy||Kings Point, New York||1943||U.S. Service
|1,011||2003||Mariners||3 (Regional Colleges (North))||Landmark||wrestling|
|New York University||New York City||1832||Private||22,280||2010||Violets||32 (National Universities)||UAA||wrestling|
|Moravian College||Bethlehem, Pennsylvania||1742||Private||1,495||2007||Greyhounds||138||Landmark||football|
|Susquehanna University||Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania||1858||Private/Lutheran||2,200||2010||River Hawks||115||Landmark||football,
|Stevens Institute of Technology||Hoboken, New Jersey||1870||Private||2,040||2003||Ducks||75 (National University)||Empire 8||wrestling|
|Washington and Lee University||Lexington, Virginia||1749||Private||1,800||1992||Generals||14||ODAC||wrestling|
Teams compete in men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's track and field, wrestling, baseball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, softball and men's and women's tennis.