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Centennial Conference
Centennial Conference
Classification NCAA Division III
Established 1981
Members 11
Sports fielded 24 (12 men's, 12 women's)
Region Mid-Atlantic
States 2 - Maryland, Pennsylvania
Headquarters Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Commissioner Steve Ulrich

The Centennial Conference is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAA's Division III. Member teams are located in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Since 1981 the "Centennial Conference" has been considered one of the nation's elite small colleges athletic conference.


Conference Background

Eleven highly selective private colleges compose the Centennial Conference. Most institutions are renowned nationally for their traditions in higher education excellence, each with impressive academic histories.

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." The practice of not playing Widener University is likely what Mr. Spalding meant. Regardless, with that statement, the Centennial Conference was born."

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.

All of the charter members defected from the Middle Atlantic Corporation.

On the average, Centennial members boast of 19 varsity teams per campus which is well above the national norm. They are also competitive nationally in athletics with the conference members have won five NCAA team titles - Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse (2007), Ursinus field hockey (2006) and Washington's men's lacrosse (1998) and men's tennis (1994, 1997) teams.

Conference Members


Current members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Affiliation Joined Nickname
Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA 1885 1,890 Private 1992 Owls
Dickinson College Carlisle, PA 1783 2,381 Private 1981 Red Devils
Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster, PA 1787 2,104 Private 1981 Diplomats
Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA 1832 2,497 Private/Lutheran 1981 Bullets
Haverford College Haverford, PA 1833 1,169 Private 1992 Fords
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 1876 4,478 Private 1981 Blue Jays
McDaniel College Westminster, MD 1867 3,641 Private 1981 Green Terror
Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA 1848 2,457 Private/Lutheran 1981 Mules
Swarthmore College Swarthmore, PA 1864 1,491 Private 1981 Garnet
Ursinus College Collegeville, PA 1869 1,583 Private 1981 Bears
Washington College Chestertown, MD 1782 1,285 Private 1992 Shoremen, Shorewomen

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.

Associate Members

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Affiliation Joined Nickname
Juniata College Huntingdon, PA 1876 1,460 Private 2007, football only Eagles
Moravian College Bethlehem, PA 1742 1,533 Private 2007, football only Greyhounds

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