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University Athletic Association
University Athletic Association
University Athletic Association logo
Established 1986
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 8
Sports fielded
  • 21
    • men's: 11
    • women's: 10
Region Eastern United States
Headquarters Pittsford, New York
Commissioner Dick Rasmussen (since 1987)
University Athletic Association locations

The University Athletic Association (UAA) is an American athletic conference that competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division III. Member schools are highly selective universities located in Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York.


The UAA, a NCAA Division III Conference, is the only NCAA conference to have all of its member institutions affiliated with the Association of American Universities, a collection of 60 Ph.D granting research institutions in the United States.[1] All UAA member schools are private, and ranked in the top 40 of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Rankings. Historically, the division was colloquially called the "egghead eight", or "nerdy nine" when Johns Hopkins was a member. This stems both from the academic strength of the member schools, and the fact that the conference prioritizes academic achievement over athletic prowess.[2][3]

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Undergraduate
Nickname School
USNWR National
University Ranking
Endowment Joined
Brandeis University Waltham, Massachusetts 1948 3,608 5,788 Judges           34 $976,000,000 1987
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1900 6,673 10,875 Tartans           25 $1,720,000,000 1986
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio 1826 5,152 11,340 Spartans                37 $1,800,000,000 1986
Emory University Atlanta, Georgia 1836 6,861 12,755 Eagles           21 $6,700,000,000 1986
New York University Manhattan, New York 1831 26,135 42,189 Violets           30 $3,991,000,000 1986
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1890 5,941 14,788 Maroons           3 $7,820,000,000 1986
University of Rochester Rochester, New York 1850 6,386 9,735 Yellowjackets           34 $2,350,000,000 1986
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1853 7,540 13,527 Bears          [4] 18 $7,500,000,000 1986

All of the universities listed above are founding members except Brandeis, which joined shortly before official competition began in October 1987.[5]Johns Hopkins University was a founding member, but no longer participates in the UAA.

Former member

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname School Colors Current Conference
Johns Hopkins University* Baltimore, Maryland 1876 Private 19,758 1986 2001 Blue Jays           Centennial

* - Johns Hopkins had dual athletic conference membership with the Centennial Conference from 1992-93 to 2000-01, then the Blue Jays left the UAA in order to fully align with the Centennial Conference.

Membership timeline

Brandeis UniversityWashington University in St. LouisUniversity of RochesterNew York UniversityJohns Hopkins UniversityEmory UniversityUniversity of ChicagoCase Western Reserve UniversityCarnegie Mellon University

Conference facilities

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arenas Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity Soccer stadium Capacity
Brandeis Non-Football School N/A Auerbach Arena 2,500 Stein Diamond 500 Gordon Field 1,000
Carnegie Mellon[a] Gesling Stadium 3,900 Skibo Gymnasium 1,500 Non-Baseball School N/A Gesling Stadium 3,900
Case Western Reserve[a] DiSanto Field 2,500 Horsburgh Gym 1,200 Nobby's Ballpark 500 DiSanto Field 2,500
Emory Non-Football School N/A Woodruff P.E. Center 2,000 Chappell Park (baseball); George F. Cooper, Jr. Field (softball) Woodruff P.E. Center
NYU Non-Football School N/A Coles Sports Center 1,900 MCU Park 7,500 Gaelic Park 2,000
Chicago[b] Stagg Field 1,650 Gerald Ratner Athletics Center 1,900 J. Kyle Anderson Field Stagg Field 1,650
Rochester[c] Fauver Stadium 5,000 Louis Alexander Palestra 1,889 Towers Field Fauver Stadium 5,000
Washington U.[d] Francis Field 3,300 Field House 3,000 Kelly Field Francis Field 3,300
  1. ^ a b Carnegie Mellon and Case Western Reserve currently play football in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.
  2. ^ Chicago plays football in the Midwest Conference, and its baseball team is currently independent, but will also be joining the Midwest Conference in 2019.
  3. ^ Rochester competes in the Liberty League in football as well as numerous other sports.
  4. ^ Washington U. currently plays football in the Southern Athletic Association, and will move that sport to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin in 2018.


The UAA sanctions competition in the following sports:

Football champions

Year Champion(s) Conference
1988 Case Western Reserve
1989 Rochester 2-0
1990 Carnegie Mellon 4-0
1991 Carnegie Mellon 4-0
1992 Rochester 4-0
1993 Carnegie Mellon 4-0
1994 Carnegie Mellon
Washington University
1995 Carnegie Mellon
Washington University
1996 Carnegie Mellon
Case Western Reserve
Washington University
1997 Carnegie Mellon 4-0
1998 Chicago 4-0
1999 Washington University 4-0
2000 Chicago 4-0
2001 Washington University 4-0
2002 Washington University 4-0
2003 Washington University 3-0
2004 Washington University 3-0
2005 Chicago 3-0
2006 Carnegie Mellon 3-0
2007 Case Western Reserve 3-0
2008 Case Western Reserve 3-0
2009 Case Western Reserve 3-0
2010 Chicago 3-0
2011 Case Western Reserve 3-0
2012 Washington University 3-0
2013 Washington University 3-0
2014 Chicago 3-0
2015 Washington University
Carnegie Mellon
2016 Carnegie Mellon
Case Western Reserve
Washington University
2017 Case Western Reserve 2-0


  1. ^ Bowen, William G.; Levin, Sarah A. (2011). Reclaiming the Game: College Sports and Educational Values. Princeton University Press. p. 32. ISBN 9781400840700. 
  2. ^ "UAA | ECS". Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Emory Women's Soccer". Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Washington University in St. Louis New Logotype" (PDF). Washington University in St. Louis: University Libraries. 
  5. ^ "About the UAA (through Oct. 17, 2011)". University Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 2011-10-07. Retrieved . 

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