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 Abilene Christian University
 
Location: Abilene, TX
Mascot: Wildcats
Founded: 1906
Enrollment: 5,293
Joined WAC: 2021
 

ACADEMICS: Abilene Christian University enrolls about 5,300 students each year from 45 nations. Founded in 1906, it is one of the largest private universities in the Southwest and the highest-ranking school in Texas in U.S. News & World Report benchmarks focused on student success. It is widely known as one of the most innovative universities in the nation. ACU attracts many top students through its Honors College, its internationally recognized engineering and physics department, and the Body and Soul program for future health professionals. Business, journalism, theology, teacher education, speech/language pathology, nursing, engineering and interior design programs are nationally and internationally accredited. Undergraduates enjoy 79 baccalaureate majors and 164 areas of study, and study abroad and research opportunities alongside their professors, such as in ACU’s pioneering NEXT (Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing) Lab. A branch campus in Addison, Texas, is the home of the university’s online graduate and undergraduate professional degree programs. Its students learn leadership skills through various service-learning opportunities around the world. Graduates of ACU are in high demand by employers and graduate programs because they gain knowledge and experience in their studies, and they apply Christian values to their everyday decisions.

     

Men's Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball

  ATHLETICS: The remarkable success of Wildcat athletics through the years is a tribute to the student-athletes, the coaches and the tradition of winning permeating the program. No intercollegiate athletics program in the state of Texas – at any level – can claim as many team national championships as ACU, which has won 64 since 1952. Of them, 57 have come at the NCAA Division II level, the fifth-most NCAA national championships in history behind only UCLA, Stanford, USC and NCAA Division III swimming powerhouse Kenyon College. ACU fields teams in 16 sports. The men’s and women’s basketball teams both played in the 2019 NCAA Tournament, and the men’s in 2020, when it upset Texas in the first round of the 2021 First Round. Its internationally recognized track and field program has produced 28 world records, 39 Olympians and was named the Texas Sports Dynasty of the Century by Texas Monthly magazine in 1999. Forty-two NFL players have worn the Purple and White. Wildcat graduates are also among the nation’s best in the coaching profession. Abilene Christian student-athletes have been awarded 34 prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, the fifth-highest total among all universities and colleges in the state, behind only Texas, Trinity, Rice and SMU. Sixty-two also have been voted and/or named Academic All-America, with 15 of them earning recognition multiple years.
     
 California Baptist University
 
Location: Riverside, CA
Mascot: Lancers
Founded: 1950
Enrollment: 11,491
Joined WAC: 2018
  ACADEMICS: Founded in 1950, California Baptist University (CBU) is among the nation’s fastest growing private Christian colleges and universities located in Southern California. CBU offers degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, including more than 100 majors with more than 180 major concentrations and more than 75 minors for more than 11,000 students. CBU believes each person has been created for a purpose and strives to help students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities. Graduates are challenged to become individuals whose skills, integrity and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish them in the workplace and in the world.
     
Men's Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Outdoor Track,
Water Polo, Wrestling

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Soccer, Softball, STUNT, Swimming and Diving, Outdoor Track, Volleyball,
Water Polo
  ATHLETICS: California Baptist University athletics became a fully-fledged National Collegiate Athletic Association in 2013-14, and began its transition to Division I in 2018-19 after five successful seasons in Division II. The Lancers have won nine Western Athletic Conference  championships in their first four seasons and logged a total of 19 top-three conference finishes. CBU capped off its D-II campaign by winning the Learfield Directors’ Cup in 2018 after a pair of top-four finishes the previous two years. In six years as an NCAA member (2013-14 to 2021-22), the Lancers reaped a total of 422 All-American honors, qualified nearly 64.3 percent of its eligible teams (74 of 115) for NCAA postseason tournaments. CBU captured seven individual national championships at the D-II level in the NCAA, with four coming in swimming and three more in wrestling. Over the years, CBU has won 82 conference championships and 42 national titles. Once a standout member of the Pacific West (PacWest) and Golden State Athletic Conferences (GSAC), the Lancers are now affiliated with three conferences, with most programs in the Western Athletic Conference. CBU made the move from the GSAC to the PacWest in 2011-12 and won the conference’s Commissioner’s Cup in six of seven seasons. The Lancers became the first school to win three Cups in 2015, and ended their run in the conference with an unprecedented five-straight years. CBU’s water polo teams also compete in the Golden Coast Conference (women) and Western Water Polo Association (men), while wrestling is set to join the Big 12 Conference in 2022.
     
 Grand Canyon University
32284
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Mascot: Lopes
Founded: 1949
Enrollment: 23,000
Joined WAC: 2013
  ACADEMICS: rand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona’s premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and offers nearly 300 academic programs, emphases and certificates for both traditional undergraduate students and working professionals. The university’s curriculum emphasizes interaction with classmates, both in-person and online, and individual attention from instructors. As a Christian university, GCU also encourages students to find their purpose in Christ, with an emphasis on applying Christian values and ethics to the workplace. GCU’s quality academic programs, offered through its nine colleges, equip students with knowledge of the Christian worldview, instilling in them a sense of purpose and vocational calling that enables them to be innovative thinkers, effective communicators, global contributors and transformative leaders who change their communities by placing the interests of others before their own.

Men's Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Beach Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball

  ATHLETICS: The Grand Canyon University Athletics Department is dedicated to using intercollegiate sport as a platform in developing good Christian role models and in embodying the highest standards of excellence in the overall development of their student-athletes. The department is integrated within the University community and inclusive of all students in the promotion of the personal growth of their student-athletes. Men and women are prepared to be student-athletes distinguished by integrity, academic and athletic excellence, and Christian conduct. Student-athletes, coaches and staff are expected to emulate Christ in all aspects of their lives including their academic and athletic endeavors. GCU won the Learfield Sports Directors Cup in back-to-back years (2011-12 and 2012-13) as the top performing school in Division II. As members of the NAIA, the Lopes won a combined seven national championships, four coming in baseball and three in men’s basketball. The Lopes have won the WAC Commissioner’s Cup in four of their first five years of postseason eligibility.
 New Mexico State University
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Mascot: Aggies
Founded: 1888
Enrollment: 14,289
Joined WAC: 2005

 
  ACADEMICS: The oldest public institution of higher education in the state founded in 1888, New Mexico State University is New Mexico’s land-grant institution, a comprehensive research institution of higher education dedicated to teaching, research, and service at the undergraduate and graduate levels. NM State is a NASA Space Grant College, a Hispanic-serving institution and is home to the very first Honors College in New Mexico. NM State is routinely recognized by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Top Colleges and as a top-tier university in U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings. NM State offers more than 175 degree programs, including 27 doctoral degrees, 56 master’s degrees, and 11 graduate certificates. The university has $110 million in research expenditures, with core research strength areas in agricultural and life sciences, computer science and computer and electrical engineering, space science and aerospace, and sustainability—including energy, environment and water. Outreach efforts at NM State help to extend our expertise in research teaching, and the development of our resources with communities throughout New Mexico and the world. NM State Extension provides the people of New Mexico with practical, research-based knowledge and programs to improve their quality of life.
Men's Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
  ATHLETICS: Though in-state COVID-19 restrictions hindered its ability to practice and play games within the state of New Mexico until January of 2021, NM State battled through that adversity in order to secure another bevy of highlights in 2020-21. Five teams - men’s golf, men’s tennis, softball, women’s golf and volleyball - laid claim to WAC titles and two of those squads moved on to their respective NCAA Tournaments. On the links, NM State’s men’s and women’s golf teams captured WAC Championship Tournament crowns. Led by WAC Coach of the Year Mike Dirks, the Aggies’ men’s golf team secured a one-stroke win over Grand Canyon to claim the league’s tournament title and locked itself into an NCAA Regional berth for the first time since 2015. Aidan Thomas, a product of Albuquerque, N.M., was named the WAC Freshman of the Year and All-WAC Second Team honoree Garrison Smith posted a top-20 finish at the NCAA Regional tournament in Albuquerque. On the final day of the 2021 WAC Women’s Golf Championship Tournament, NM State erased a two-stroke deficit to claim the league’s championship tournament crown for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. Head coach Danny Bowen earned his second-straight WAC Coach of the Year honor at the helm of the Aggies’ program while Amelia McKee (WAC Player of the Year) and Alison Gastelum (WAC Freshman of the Year) each won major awards of their own to help the Aggies advance to the NCAA Regionals at Stanford. The tradition of success continued for the NM State softball program as 2021 WAC Coach of the Year Kathy Rodolph directed her team to its fifth WAC regular season title in the last six seasons. Starring for the Aggies were WAC Player of the Year and lone senior Nikki Butler as well as NFCA/Schutt Sports Division I Freshman of the Year finalist Matalasi Faapito. The utility player was a threat both in the circle and in the batter’s box for the Aggies, being the only player in NCAA Division I softball to hit at least 16 home runs and strike out 60 or more batters. For the fifth time in the last six seasons, head coach Mike Jordan directed the Aggies’ volleyball team to the WAC regular season crown. Led by All-WAC First Team and AVCA All-Region performer Lia Mosher as well as WAC Freshman of the Year Victoria Barrett, NM State finished with a 16-2 record and played its way to the WAC Championship Tournament finals once again. NM State’s men’s and women’s tennis teams both moved on to the WAC Championship Tournament title bout in their respective brackets and the Aggie men’s basketball team competed in the WAC Tournament title bout once again, too. What made the Aggie men’s basketball team’s run to the WAC Tournament title game more remarkable was the fact that it relocated out of state for two months so it could practice and compete. The Aggie women’s basketball team had to do the same thing, too, in order to keep its hopes of playing in 2021-22 alive. Track & field success continued for NM State, too, as three student-athletes - Yemisi Oroyinyin, Dascha Robinson and Terice Steen - advanced to the NCAA West Region meet. Volunteer assistant coach Rachel Dincoff made the cut for the United States’ Olympic team in the women’s discus and will compete alongside her countrymen in Tokyo this summer. The Aggies were outstanding in the classroom as well, with all 16 men’s and women’s teams' cumulative grade point averages combined at or above a 3.00 for 28 of the last 32 semesters. Scholar student-athlete representation (3.0 semester and or cumulative grade point average or higher) was higher than 50-percent of the student-athlete population, and all 16 teams averaged a 3.00 cumulative GPA combined for the 32nd consecutive semester, 16 years in a row. The Aggies had 49 student-athletes post a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring 2021 semester, and nine student-athletes maintained a perfect cumulative 4.00 grade point average through the entire 2020-21 academic year.
     
 Sam Houston State University
 
Location: Huntsville, TX
Mascot: Bearkats
Founded: 1879
Enrollment: 22,000
Joined WAC: 2021
  ACADEMICS: Named for Texas’s greatest hero, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) continually honors its historical roots through academic excellence. For more than 140 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” resonates among its 22,000 students, eight colleges and well beyond its Huntsville roots. Sam Houston State offers top-ranked degree programs and was named No. 3 among the ‘2020 Best Valued Online Colleges.’ With over 90 bachelor degrees, 50 master’s, and 11 doctoral programs—including the nation’s first Ph.D. in forensic science, SHSU provides an exceptional college experience for every student: traditional or non-traditional; first generation; international; or online. In the fall of 2020, SHSU welcomed its inaugural class of student doctors into the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the third college of osteopathic medicine in Texas. Its mission is to train physicians who will serve the healthcare needs of rural and underserved Texans. Service to self and others is paramount at SHSU and reflected in all university organizations and programs. In fact, the university was named to USA Today’s Top 50 in the U.S. for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness,” in addition to being classified a "Community Engaged" by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. This honor, bestowed to only 311 public institutions nationwide, acknowledges the university's significant commitment to service. At SHSU, the student-athlete experience is defined by Bearkat Athletics, with 17 teams competing at the NCAA Division I level in the Western Athletic Conference. The 13-team conference provides the best opportunities for program and student success while continually raising the profile of SHSU’s athletic teams, including the 2020-21 FCS NCAA Division I championship football team and nationally-ranked men’s golf team. With SHSU’s array of recognized academic programs, exceptional student support services, volunteer opportunities and more, Bearkats are not only well-prepared to think and respond to the workforce needs of a rapidly changing world but stand ready to serve their community.
     
Men's Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
  ATHLETICS: Sam Houston is an NCAA Division I athletic department that sponsors 17 sports and first competed in intercollegiate athletics in 1906. It has been a Division I athletic department since 1987 when it joined the Southland Conference. The Bearkats have won 72 Southland Conference championships during their time in the league and in 2014 the department claimed its first NCAA Division I National Championship when the bowling team defeated Nebraska. Sam Houston reached the pinnacle of FCS football in May of 2021 when the Bearkats claimed the program’s first ever national title. Bearkat teams have participated in the NCAA postseason championships 38 times and since 2000, the department has enjoyed the bulk of its success, with 60 league titles while also winning the Southland Conference Commissioners Cup, awarded to the top overall performing athletic department, a league record seven times. During that stretch, the football team has played in the FCS playoffs 10 times, advancing to four semifinals and playing for the FCS national championship in 2011 and 2012 before breaking through to take the 2020 crown. The men’s basketball program has twice played in the NCAA Tournament (2003, 2010) and one NIT (2019). The baseball program has played in eight NCAA regionals and in 2017 was the first Southland Conference school to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals.
     
 Seattle University
Location: Seattle, WA
Mascot: Redhawks
Founded: 1891
Enrollment: 7,268
Joined WAC: 2012

 
  ACADEMICS: Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges, offering more than 120 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Seattle University consistently ranks among the top universities academically by the Wall Street Journal and Princeton Review, as well for sustainability by Sierra and the Princeton Review. Seattle U prides itself on its commitment to social justice, community service, and sustainability. In the past two decades, Seattle University has invested more than $300 million to build and renovate facilities. The university’s largest-ever capital project, the Jim and Janet Sinegal Center for Science and Innovation, broke ground in May 2019 and opened Fall 2021. A leadership change also took place in 2021 as the university’s 22nd President, Eduardo Peñalver, began his tenure in July 2021.
     
Men's Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming,
Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor
Track and Field

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country,
Golf, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
  ATHLETICS: Seattle University’s achievements in 2021-22 were highlighted by an abundance of firsts. Men’s basketball earned its first-ever conference championship as a 14-4 record produced a share of the WAC regular season title. The Redhawks’ 23 wins overall were the most in more than 60 years while first-year head coach Chris Victor was named NABC District 6 and WAC Coach of the Year. Men’s soccer notched its fifth WAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance in the past decade, while men’s golfer Nathan Cogswell became the first Redhawk to earn individual medalist honors at the WAC Championship. Seattle U totaled five major WAC award winners, 29 total All-WAC selections and seven all-region honorees during the 2021-22 campaign. Maintaining excellence in both competition and the classroom, Seattle U earned 180 Academic All-WAC selections in 2021-22 and posted a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 93 percent with eight teams tallying perfect scores in the metric. In 10 total seasons as a member of the WAC, Seattle U has tallied 28 team conference championships and 32 individual titles. All told, 14 SU teams have advanced to NCAA Tournament play since 2012-13. Seattle U has advanced to 11 all-time NCAA men’s basketball tournaments, including the title game of the 1958 tournament. Famous alumni include Elgin Baylor, Eddie and Johnny O’Brien, Eddie Miles, Tom Workman, Clint Richardson, Pat Lesser, Janet Hopps, Orrin Vincent, and Tom Gorman. The men’s soccer team won the 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship, while the swim program boasted two individual national champions in a three-year span.
     
 Southern Utah University
 
Location: Cedar City, UT
Mascot: Thunderbirds
Founded: 1897
Enrollment: 13,611
Joined WAC: 2022
  ACADEMICS: Southern Utah University is a caring campus community where students come to explore their interests and prepare for meaningful careers and life experiences. With more than 140 undergraduate programs and 21 graduate and certificate programs, SUU offers world-class, hands-on learning opportunities where students gain professional experience before entering the job market. Located in the world’s best backyard, SUU is the University of the Parks® thanks to its close proximity to several outdoor recreational areas and its educational partnerships with the National Park Service. SUU’s safe, residential campus allows students to create lifelong friendships along with once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures in conjunction with innovative academic endeavors.
     
Men's Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
  ATHLETICS: Thunderbird athletics has been a staple mark in the state of Utah since Southern Utah athletes first began competition. SUU athletics has a rich and storied history, fueled by a remarkable competitive spirit, determined and committed student-athletes and coaches, and countless successes and unforgettable moments. Southern Utah fields teams in 15 different sports. The men’s basketball team holds the 27th highest winning percentage in the nation since 2020, claiming victory in 73 percent of their contests. Its world-renowned gymnastics program qualified for the NCAA tournament for the ninth consecutive season in 2022 and beat the University of Georgia in the first round of competition. Both the men’s and women’s track and field and cross-country programs have consistently been among the best in the Western Region of the country; and, in 2012, Southern Utah distance runner Cam Levins earned the prestigious Bowerman Award, given to the top track and field athlete in the nation. SUU football won Big Sky Conference Championships in 2015 & 2017 to reach the FCS Playoffs, and the program has produced four NFL draft selections, including Braxton Jones, who was selected by the Chicago Bears with the 168th pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. SUU Coaches have not only set high standards for success in athletics but have set an unprecedented level of success in academics. Southern Utah truly embraces the meaning of student-athlete, as Thunderbird athletes have frequently ranked at the top of their conferences in All-Academic Team selections and team GPA throughout SUU athletics history.
     
 Stephen F. Austin State University
 
Location: Nacogdoches, TX
Mascot: Lumberjacks/Ladyjacks
Founded: 1921
Enrollment: 12,620
Joined WAC: 2021
  ACADEMICS: Stephen F. Austin is a comprehensive institution located in Nacogdoches, Texas which is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work and service. Founded in 1923 as a teacher’s college, SFASU now boasts an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students across six colleges with over 120 different majors or areas of study. Though the university is located in the rural East Texas college town of Nacogdoches, the vast majority of SFA students come from Greater Houston, the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, and other cities throughout Texas. SFA has also served students from 46 states outside Texas and 42 countries outside the United States. In addition to the main campus which encompasses 430 acres, the university maintains a 642-acre agricultural research center for beef, poultry, and swine production and an equine center; an observatory for astronomy research, a 2,650-acre experimental forest in southwestern Nacogdoches County and a 25.3-acre forestry field station on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture is nationally recognized, and houses one of only two schools of forestry in the State of Texas (and the only forestry college in the timber-producing East Texas region).
     
Men's Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
  ATHLETICS: The SFA Athletic department competes in NCAA Division I athletics. With over 400 student-athletes competing across 18 varsity sports teams, the ’Jacks have built a proud reputation for athletic success both regionally and nationally. SFA has amassed 90 conference championships as well as four national championships in its competition history. Men’s NCAA Sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field. Women’s NCAA Sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball. The men’s basketball team reached its first NCAA tournament in 2009 after winning the Southland Conference regular season and tournament before losing, 59-44, to Syracuse University. In their second appearance in 2014, they upset Virginia Commonwealth in overtime, 77-55, and in their third appearance in 2016, they upset third seeded West Virginia, 70-56. SFA men’s basketball is also responsible for one of the biggest upsets in NCAA history, knocking off top-rated Duke inside Cameron Indoor Arena during the 2019-20 season, 85-83.
     
 Tarleton State University
Location: Stephenville, TX
Mascot: Texans
Founded: 1899
Enrollment: 15,115
Joined WAC: 2020
 
  ACADEMICS: Tarleton was founded in 1899 and became a member of the Texas A&M University System in 1917. With its main campus in Stephenville, an hour southwest of Fort Worth, Tarleton State University offers the value of a Texas A&M University System degree with its own brand of personal attention, individual opportunities, history, tradition and community. Tarleton is a vibrant learning community with nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a doctorate in education, within seven colleges. Tarleton has extended the reach of state-supported, affordable education by expanding online undergraduate and graduate programs and classes in Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS-Bryan and Fort Worth. Recent additions to the Stephenville campus include a state-of-the-art Nursing Building, a $25 million living and learning residence hall for 500 students, a $54 million engineering building and the Lonn Reisman Athletic Center consisting of new luxury suites, media spaces and home seating on the west side of Memorial Stadium. Tarleton’s research centers include the renowned Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and the Southwest Regional Dairy Center.
Men's Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Softball, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
 

 

ATHLETICS: Tarleton heads into its third season of NCAA Division I as a member of the WAC in 2022-23. The Texans sponsor 16 intercollegiate athletic sports (9 women’s, 7 men’s), including its debut season of women’s soccer and men’s golf this fall. Last spring, the Texans enjoyed their first WAC Championship in school history as the tennis team claimed the Southwest Division title. Then softball followed up with the school’s first Division I national postseason berth with a trip to the NISC, where they won game two against UC San Diego. Tarleton was a member of the Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II from 1994-2020 and won 36 LSC championships, nine LSC tournament championships and 14 NCAA regional championships. The Texans also had eight individual national championships in track and field. The Texans featured three National Players of the Year while in NCAA Division II – Kiara Wright (WBB), Hailey Roberts (VB) and Isabel Jimenez (WGOLF). Its men’s basketball program was a perennial power at the Division II level, winning 20 or more games 15 times under head coach and current Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lonn Reisman. They won four NCAA regional championships to advance to the Elite Eight and qualified for the Final Four twice. The men’s basketball team has also had over 30 players play professionally overseas. Tarleton’s women’s golf team won 11 conference championships and nine regional titles. Tarleton baseball has had 24 players play professionally, including former MLB World Series Champion Chad Fox. The Texans have been led by athletic director Lonn Reisman since 1993, including all 26 years at the Division II level.

     
The University of Texas at Arlington
 
Location: Arlington, TX
Mascot: Mavericks
Founded: 1895
Enrollment: 47,093
Joined WAC: 2022
  ACADEMICS: The University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) is the fourth-largest institution in Texas. It is one of 131 universities nationwide to receive the R-1: Doctoral Universities—Very High Research Activity designation by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the definitive list for the top doctoral research universities in the United States. In 2021, UTA received the Texas Tier One designation reserved for the state’s top institutions for academic and research excellence. The University ranks No. 1 nationally in the Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution and has approximately 240,000 alumni making an impact across Texas and beyond. UTA has the third-highest undergraduate diversity index, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 best-of rankings; the report also includes 16 graduate programs at UTA. According to the 2021 edition of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, UTA is No. 1 in Texas for awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to African American students. Nationally, the University is No. 12 for bachelor’s degrees awarded to African American students and No. 13 for master’s degrees. In addition, UTA is No. 15 for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students and No. 11 for master’s degrees for Hispanic students in the U.S. A 2021 University of Texas System survey on post-graduation earnings for baccalaureate graduates working in Texas found that UTA graduates have the highest first-year median wage of any non-medical UT System institution.
     

Men's Sports:

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field

Women's Sports:

Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Softball, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball

  ATHLETICS: Since joining the NCAA Division-I ranks in 1959-60 and its first conference in 1963-64, UT Arlington has claimed 129 conference championships, made 77 team NCAA Tournament appearance, had 168 athletes named All-Americans and produced 13 Olympians. UTA has had three individuals win national championships in track and field: Alexus Henry (2018 Outdoor High Jump), McLinton Neal (1990 Outdoor 400M Hurdles) and Gilbert Smith (1982 Indoor Long Jump). Most recently, UTA has been the most successful Division-I men’s track and field program in the nation at an institution which does not sponsor football as the Mavericks won both the 2020-21 NCAA Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Men’s Indoor Track & Field and 2021-22 Men’s Outdoor Track & Field trophies. The UTA women’s tennis program concluded its tenure in the Sun Belt Conference by winning back-to-back regular-season championships in 2021 and 2022, while the women’s basketball team claimed the 2022 Sun Belt tournament title and came within minutes of becoming the first No. 14 seed in NCAA Women’s Tournament history to ever win a game in March of 2022. The UTA baseball program started in 1969; since 1973 the Mavs have had 121 Major League Baseball Draft or free agent selections. The UTA softball team won the 2019 NISC Championship – softball’s version of the NIT. On the world stage, UTA athletes have combined to win four Olympic medals – three Gold and one silver – and the Mavs have had representation at 12 of the last 15 Olympic Summer Games. Beyond athletic competitions, UTA student-athletes have consistently achieved at a high level in the classroom and in the community. In the fall of 2021, UTA won both the Sun Belt Conference Institutional Graduation Rate Award and Sun Belt Conference Student-Athlete Graduation Achievement Award. Possessing an 85-percent student-athlete graduation rate, UTA had the highest four-year class average graduation rate any Sun Belt school; that four-year graduation rate also exceeded the general student body graduation rate of the University. In recognition of its impact in the community, UTA won either the Sun Belt’s Community Service Initiative Award or its Community Impact Award every single year from 2015-16 to 2019-20. Furthermore, on the strength of its Operation Global Impact service initiative, UTA was one of three Division-I finalists by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) for the 2019 Community Service Award. UTA was a founding member of the Southland Conference for 48 years from 1963-2012, a Western Athletic Conference member for one year in 2012-13 and was a Sun Belt Conference member from 2013-14 through 2021-22 before rejoining the WAC on July 1, 2022.
     
 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
32158
Location: Edinburg, TX
Mascot: Vaqueros
Founded: 2015
Enrollment: 32,618
Joined WAC (as UTPA): 2013

 
  ACADEMICS: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions. UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. A comprehensive academic institution, UTRGV enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016. Thirteen colleges and schools form the academic foundation for UTRGV, including the College of Education & P-16 Integration, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Health Professions, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Sciences, the Graduate College, the Honors College, the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work and the University College. The School of Medicine offers students the most technologically advanced resources, including a 15,000-square-foot Smart Hospital complex. With a multidisciplinary approach to the curriculum and an emphasis on active learning, teamwork, and early patient care, the medical school is an invaluable resource. UTRGV offers more than 120 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels and the Rio Grande Valley, with close proximity to the Gulf Coast, provides unparalleled opportunities to study in areas ranging from international business and cultural border issues to marine biology and environmental science. With the SpaceX launch site in Brownsville, the region is also an emerging global hub for the aerospace industry. UTRGV is the second largest Hispanic-serving institution in the nation, with an emphasis on educating 21st-century leaders and professionals who are culturally fluent and have a deep understanding of the perspectives, languages, and values of different cultures.
     
Men's Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
  ATHLETICS: The UTRGV Athletics program maintains the history of athletics from UTPA, Pan American University and Pan American College. Since 1952, the department has won 16 national and 187 conference championships while boasting 69 All-Americans. The men’s basketball team won the 1963 NAIA National Championship and returned to the title game the following season. In 1980-81, the team knocked off eventual NCAA Champion Indiana before reaching the NIT and falling to eventual champion Tulsa. UTRGV reached the postseason in 2017-18 and 2018-19 as well. Eighteen alumni have been selected in the NBA Draft, six of whom went on to play in the NBA, including former NBA Champion, All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist Luke Jackson, whose number hangs proudly over Sam Williams Court at the UTRGV Fieldhouse. Since 2000, 45 men’s basketball players have gone pro. The men’s tennis team won the Big State Conference Championship every year from 1953 through 1965, winning the NAIA National Championships every year from 1961 through 1965 and finishing as finalists in 1959 and 1960. The team also won the doubles championships every year from 1959 through 1963 and in 1965 as well, to go with singles championships every year from 1961 through 1963, along with 1965. The team joined Division I in 1966 and immediately advanced to the NCAA Tournament, finishing in sixth place. The program hosted the NCAA Championships in 1975 and 1976. Thirty-eight alumni have been selected in the MLB Draft, five of whom have gone on to play in the majors. There are currently three alumni playing in minor league baseball. The baseball team reached the 1971 College World Series after shutting out Texas in back-to-back games and had the No. 1 ranking at the end of the season. The program has been to 13 NCAA Regionals and won its first WAC Championship in 2019. Each of the golf teams has won five team PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championships. The women’s basketball team reached the WNIT to cap off a 19-14 2015-16 season, the best in program history, that saw the team break 31 different program records. UTRGV reached the postseason in four of the last seven completed seasons. UTRGV started women’s soccer in 2014 and welcomed back men’s soccer after an 18-year hiatus in 2015. The UTRGV volleyball and women’s tennis teams made their first NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 after winning the department’s first WAC Tournament Championships. Volleyball and women’s tennis went on to win the 2018 WAC Championships as well. The track & field teams have combined for 81 indoor and 78 outdoor conference champions as well as 36 NCAA Qualifiers. That includes Desirea Buerge, who advanced to the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials semifinals in the discus.
     
Utah Tech
Location: St. George, UT
Mascot: Trailblazers
Founded: 1911
Enrollment: 12,266
Joined WAC: 2020
 

ACADEMICS: Utah Tech University is the only institution of higher learning in the U.S. that welcomes all students to experience the hands-on, career-preparing education that a polytechnic institution provides. Our 200+ programs offer transformative experiences across all disciplines – humanities, arts, education, health sciences, business, and STEM – with the most affordable university tuition in Utah. Our students make, create, and innovate in the classroom and online while gaining real-world active learning experiences through internships, clinical experiences, undergraduate research, industry partnerships, and service learning.

As a teaching institution, we meet students where they are, provide personalized learning, and create a caring, supportive community for anyone with a desire to improve their future through education. Students graduate prepared for rewarding careers and enriched lives with the technical, critical thinking, and collaborative skills needed to excel in our ever-changing global economy.

     
Men's Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
  ATHLETICS: Utah Tech University began its transition to NCAA Division I status in 2020-21, and is in its third season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. UT has been a member of the NCAA since the 2006-07 season after several decades as a NJCAA national power and competed at the Division II level. Prior to their arrival to the WAC, the Trailblazers were full members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (football since 2016) from 2018-20. During its two seasons in the RMAC, Utah Tech claimed RMAC regular season championships in women’s volleyball (2018) and men’s basketball (2019-20), along with the 2019 women’s tennis and softball postseason tournament crowns. Prior to its move to the RMAC, UT enjoyed a successful 11-year run in the Pacific West Conference. During its time in the PacWest, Utah Tech won 20 conference team championships (men’s basketball – 8, baseball – 4, softball – 4, men’s golf – 3, men’s soccer – 1, women’s soccer – 1, volleyball – 1), and won four PacWest Community Engagement Awards. UT became eligible for D-II postseason play in 2009, the Trailblazers made 63 NCAA Division II Regional championship appearances and won five regional championships, including three in softball in 2009, 2014 and 2015 (national runner-up), one in men’s golf (2019) and one in women’s soccer (2019 – Elite 8 appearance). Utah Tech also had 29 student-athletes earn Division II All-America honors, while 23 more student-athletes collected Academic All-America recognition. In the classroom, Utah Tech student-athletes posted an NCAA-era record-tying 3.25 cumulative grade-point average among its 15 varsity sports for the 2021-22 academic year. UT student-athletes combined to record a 3.25 Fall 2021 semester GPA, and a 3.241 Spring 2022 GPA, which marked the 10-straight semester and 15th semester in the last 18 overall that Trailblazer student-athletes combined to earn at least a 3.00 semester GPA.
     
 Utah Valley University
33489
Location: Orem, UT
Mascot: Wolverines
Founded: 1941
Enrollment: 40,936
Joined WAC: 2013
 
  ACADEMICS: Utah Valley University is the largest public university in the state of Utah, and one of a few in the nation offering a dual-mission model that combines the rigor and richness of a first-rate teaching university with the openness and vocational programs of a community college. The unique model, which focuses on student success, engaged learning, rigorous academic programs, and faculty-mentored research, is transforming higher education by making it more affordable and accessible to students of all backgrounds. There’s a place for you at UVU!
Men's Sports:
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Wrestling

Women's Sports:
Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Volleyball
 

ATHLETICS: Utah Valley University enters its tenth season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. Utah Valley won one WAC regular-season team championship and one WAC Tournament team title. Utah Valley also tallied five individual WAC championships during the 2021-22 season. UVU now owns an impressive 21 WAC team titles during the school’s tenure in the league.

The Utah Valley men’s and women’s track team had its most successful season in program history in 2021-2022, as Everlyn Kemboi won the WAC 10,000m race before advancing through the NCAA West Regional to place 12th at the NCAA meet. Hannah Branch finished 17th at the NCAA meet. Kemboi and Branch earned second-team All-America honors. Adam Bunker (3k Steeplechase and Aaron Johnson (Long Jump) finished with All American Honorable Mention accolades. The women’s cross country team won the 2021 WAC Cross Country Meet and would finish ninth at the NCAA Mountain Regional in Provo, Utah. Scott Houle was named WAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. Men’s cross country finished second at the WAC meet and placed tenth at the NCAA Mountain Regional. Max Mahon was named WAC Freshmen of the Year. Utah Valley volleyball won the 2021 WAC Tournament for the second-straight year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before losing in the first round to Utah. Coach Chris Lemay led UVU women’s soccer to a third straight conference championship match this past fall, while seniors Amber Tripp and Brooklyn Nielsen signed professional contracts overseas. The UVU men’s soccer team finished its first year under head coach Kyle Beckerman with two players signing pro deals. Forward Jojea Kwizera signed with CF Montrèal of the MLS, and defender Sterling Penniston-John signed with the Houston Dynamo 2.

Mark Madsen led UVU to the 20-win mark for the first time since 2018-2019, with a 20-12 record in men’s basketball. Utah Valley won the SoCal Challenge going 4-0 in the tournament with two overtime wins. The Wolverines then picked up their first-ever win over a nationally-ranked opponent, defeating crosstown rival No. 12 BYU at home in overtime. The non-conference season was wrapped up with a road win at Pac-12 foe Washington. Josie Williams led the UVU women’s basketball team being named First Team All WAC for a second straight year after averaging 17.3 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game. Williams finished fifth in the country in rebounding at 12.4 per game. She also set a Utah Valley single-season record for double-doubles with 24. UVU placed three wrestlers to a podium finish at the BIG 12 Championships in 2022, and all three earned spots in the NCAA Tournament in Detroit. Madison Carr had a standout senior season in softball, finishing with a First-Team All-WAC selection after finishing sixth in the country with 82 hits and an impressive 31 consecutive reached-based streak. Senior Linnah Rebolledo finished with a second straight All-WAC First Team selection. Men’s golf had Brady McKinley and Joe Glenn named to the All-WAC second team. Women’s golfers Victoria Estrada and Leighton Shosted were named second-team All-WAC. Shosted won the UTRGV Invitational at the McAllen Country Club.

First-Year head coach Eddie Smith led UVU baseball to a nine-win improvement in 2022, including wins over Texas State and Grand Canyon, who were both ranked in the Top 25 during the season. UVU hired one new head coach as Cody Thomson, a long-time Utah assistant coach, took over the UVU softball program. Utah Valley Athletics has enjoyed a stellar academic season, with the department achieving a 3.40-grade point average for all its student-athletes. UVU had 199 (75%) student-athletes earn at least a 3.0 GPA this academic year. An outstanding 45 student-athletes had a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Utah Valley Athletics graduated 43 of its student-athletes this year.

UVU's 16 team sports had a cumulative GPA above 3.0 this season, with six teams achieving a GPA above 3.5. The women's golf team had the highest team GPA at 3.70, followed by women's soccer (3.69), women's volleyball (3.68), women's cross country (3.55), and women's soccer (3.55). Among the men's team sports, the wrestling team had the highest GPA at 3.38, followed by men’s soccer at 3.34 and men’s cross country at 3.32.