The American Athletic Conference

Learn About the Diverse Universities that Make Up The American

The American Athletic Conference, typically called simply "The American," is the result of the 2013 break-up and reorganization of the Big East Conference. The American is one of the most geographically spread out conferences with member schools ranging from Texas to New England. The member institutions are all relatively large comprehensive universities, both public and private. The conference headquarters are in Providence, Rhode Island.

The American Athletic Conference is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA's Division I.

East Carolina University Science and Technology Building
East Carolina University Science and Technology Building. General Wesc / Flickr

East Carolina University is the second largest university in North Carolina. Most of the school's strongest and most popular majors are in professional fields such as business, communications, education, nursing and technology.

  • Location: Greenville, North Carolina
  • School type: Public University
  • Enrollment: 28,962 (22,969 undergraduates)
  • Team: Pirates
  • For acceptance rates, test scores, costs and financial aid data, see the East Carolina profile.
Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University. ruthieonart / Flickr

SMU is a selective private university located in the University Park area of Dallas, Texas. Students can choose from 80 majors offered through the five schools that make up the university. SMU consistently ranks among the top 100 universities in the country.

Temple University
Temple University. elmoz / Flickr

Temple students can choose from over 125 bachelor degree programs and 170 student clubs and organizations. The business, education, and media programs are popular among undergraduates. The university has an urban campus in North Philadelphia.

Tulane University
Tulane University. AuthenticEccentric / Flickr

Tulane is a highly selective member of the American Athletic Conference, and the university ranks well among national universities. Strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned Tulane a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and quality research earned it membership in the Association of American Universities.

  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • School type: Private University
  • Enrollment: 12,581 (7,924 undergraduates)
  • C-USA Division: West
  • Team: Green Wave
  • For acceptance rates, test scores, costs and financial aid data, see the Tulane profile.
UCF Knight
UCF Knight. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

The University of Central Florida is one of the largest public universities in the country. The school has experienced rapid growth since the 1990s, but high achieving students can still find a more intimate educational experience through the Burnett Honors College.

University of Cincinnati
University of Cincinnati. puroticorico / Flickr

This large public university is made up of 16 colleges offering students 167 bachelor degree programs. Strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut. Matthias Rosenkranz / Flickr

The Storrs campus of the University of Connecticut is the state's flagship institution. The university is made up of ten schools and colleges that offer students a huge range of academic options. UConn is the northernmost school in The American Athletic Conference.

University of Houston
University of Houston. William Holtkamp / Flickr

U of H in Houston is the flagship campus of the University of Houston system. Students can choose from roughly 110 major and minor programs. Business is particularly popular among undergraduates.

University of Memphis
University of Memphis. bcbuckner / Flickr

The University of Memphis is a large public university and the flagship research institution in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. The attractive campus features red-brick buildings and Jeffersonian architecture in a park-like environment. Journalism, nursing, business, and education are all strong.

  • Location: Memphis, Tennessee
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 21,301 (17,183 undergraduates)
  • Team: Tigers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Memphis profile.
USF Water Tower
USF Water Tower. sylvar / Flickr

The University of South Florida is a large public university that offers 228 degree programs through its 11 colleges. The university has an active Greek system, a strong ROTC program, and an Honors College for high achieving students.

University of Tulsa
University of Tulsa. imarcc / Flickr

The University of Tulsa is a selective, private Oklahoma university. The university has an unusual and well-respected program in petroleum engineering, and strong liberal arts and sciences earned Tulsa a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Baseball - Wichita State vs. Creighton
Baseball - Wichita State vs. Creighton. White & Blue Review / Flickr

Wichita State University joined the conference in 2017. One of the smaller schools in the conference, WSU offers a range of majors, with professional choices being among the most popular. In athletics, the WSU Shockers compete in baseball, basketball, softball, tennis, track and field, and cross country.

  • Location: Wichita, Kansas
  • School type: Public University
  • Enrollment: 14,166 (11,585 undergraduates)
  • Team: Shockers
  • For acceptance rates, test scores, costs and financial aid data, see the Wichita State profile