|Old Dominion Athletic Conference|
|Members||14 (4 associate members)|
|Former names||Virginia College Conference|
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) is an NCAA Division III athletic conference. Of its 14 member schools, all but one are located in Virginia; the other full member is in North Carolina. The conference also has four associate members in Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C..
The conference was founded in 1975 as the Virginia College Conference. On January 1, 1976, the name was changed to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. The 1976-77 season was the first in which championships were offered. In 1982-83, women's sports were added. In 1981, Catholic University joined the conference after leaving Division I's Colonial Athletic Association. In 1988, Virginia Wesleyan was added as a member, and, in 1990, Guilford became the first member located outside D.C. and Virginia. Maryville College was an all-sports member in the 1980s. In 1989 Catholic left the conference to become a charter member of the Capital Athletic Conference, returning in 1999 as a football-only member. The next school to leave the conference was Mary Baldwin College, which left in 1999 to join the Atlantic Women's Colleges Conference.
On March 3, 2015, Sweet Briar College announced it was to close (cease operations) at the end of the 2015 summer session. However, on June 20, 2015, the Virginia Attorney General announced a mediation agreement that will keep Sweet Briar College open for the 2015-16 academic year. Sweet Briar reactivated its sports teams in the 2015-16 season and remained a full member of the ODAC.
On September 29, 2015, it was announced that Catholic University would withdraw in 2017 as associate member to join the new football league at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.
The conference hosts the Division III championships in football and men's basketball, both of which are held in Salem, Virginia. DIII softball has called Salem home along with Division III women's lacrosse and volleyball. Since 1993 - the conference and city have hosted over 50 Division III national championships.
|Bridgewater College||Bridgewater, Virginia||Eagles||1880||Private||1,690||Yes||1976|
|Eastern Mennonite University||Harrisonburg, Virginia||Royals||1917||Private||998||No||1976|
|Emory & Henry College||Emory, Virginia||Wasps||1836||Private||1,000||Yes||1976|
|Guilford College||Greensboro, North Carolina||Quakers||1837||Private||2,682||Yes||1991|
|Hampden-Sydney College^||Hampden Sydney, Virginia||Tigers||1775||Private||1,120||Yes||1976|
|Hollins University+%||Roanoke, Virginia||*None*||1842||Private||816||No||1982|
|Lynchburg College||Lynchburg, Virginia||Hornets||1903||Private||2,500||No||1976|
|Randolph College*||Lynchburg, Virginia||WildCats||1891||Private||522||No||1982|
|Randolph-Macon College||Ashland, Virginia||Yellow Jackets||1830||Private||1,146||Yes||1976|
|Roanoke College||Salem, Virginia||Maroons||1842||Private||2,100||No||1976|
|Shenandoah University||Winchester, Virginia||Hornets||1875||Private||2800||Yes||2012|
|Sweet Briar College+||Sweet Briar, Virginia||Vixens||1901||Private||530||No||1982|
|Virginia Wesleyan University||Virginia Beach, Virginia||Marlins||1961||Private||1,446||No||1989|
|Washington and Lee University||Lexington, Virginia||Generals||1749||Private||2,200||Yes||1976|
+ - Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports.
^ - Men's college, therefore not competing in women's sports.
% - Hollins University does not have an athletic nickname.
* - Formerly Randolph-Macon Woman's College prior to 2008, now co-educational.
|Institution||Location||Nickname||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Primary conference||ODAC sport(s)|
|Ferrum College[a]||Ferrum, Virginia||Panthers||1913||Private||1,100||2015-16||USA South||men's swimming
|Greensboro College||Greensboro, North Carolina||Pride||1838||Private||1,250||2011-12||USA South||women's swimming|
|Notre Dame of Maryland University||Baltimore, Maryland||Gators||1873||Private||4,878||2011-12||CSAC||women's swimming|
|Southern Virginia University||Buena Vista, Virginia||Knights||1867||Private||928||2019-20||CAC||football|
|Catholic University||Washington, D.C.||Cardinals||1887||Private||3,469||1981||1989||Landmark|
|Maryville College||Maryville, Tennessee||Scots||1819||Private||1,176||1980||1988||USA South|
|Mary Baldwin College||Staunton, Virginia||Fighting Squirrels||1842||Private||2,542||1984||1992||USA South|
|Institution||Location||Nickname||Founded||Type||Enrollment||Joined||Left||ODAC sport(s)||Current conference
in former ODAC sport(s)
|Catholic University||Washington, D.C.||Cardinals||1887||Private||3,469||1999||2017||Football||NEWMAC|
This article or section uses color as the only way to convey important information.
Purple denotes football playing member.
Green denotes non-football playing member.
Red denotes associate member (football-only).
Blue denotes associate member (swimming only).
The conference sponsors championships in the following sports:
|Track and field (indoor)||
|Track and field (outdoor)||