Atlantic 10 Conference, A-10

Learn About the 14 Colleges and Universities in the Atlantic 10 Conference

The Atlantic 10 Conference is a NCAA Division I athletic conference whose 14 members come from the eastern half of the United States. The conference headquarters are located in Newport News, Virginia. About half of the members are Catholic universities. In addition to the 14 colleges listed below, the A-10 has two associate members for field hockey: Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and Saint Francis University.

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Davidson College
Davidson College. functoruser / Flickr

Established by the Presbyterians of North Carolina in 1837, Davidson College is now one of the country's top liberal arts colleges. For a school of well under 2,000 students, Davidson is unusual for its strong Division I athletic program. Nearly a quarter of Davidson students participate in varsity athletics. On the academic front, Davidson was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. 

  • Location: Davidson, North Carolina
  • School type: Private liberal arts college
  • Enrollment: 1,755 (all undergraduate)
  • Team: Wildcats
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Davidson College admissions profile.

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Duquesne University
Duquesne University. stangls / Flickr

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by the Catholic Order of the Holy Spirit, and it stands today as the only Spiritan university in the world. Duquesne's compact 49-acre campus sits on a bluff overlooking downtown Pittsburgh. The university has 10 schools of study, and undergraduates can choose from 100 degree programs. The university has a 15 to 1 student/faculty ratio. In keeping with its Catholic-Spiritan tradition, Duquesne values service, sustainability, and intellectual and ethical inquiry.

  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • School type: private Catholic university
  • Enrollment: 9,933 (5,677 undergraduates)
  • Team: Dukes
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Duquesne University profile

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Fordham University
Fordham University. roblisameehan / Flickr

Fordham University describes itself as "an independent university in the Jesuit tradition." The main campus sits next to the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Garden. Fordham University has a 12 to 1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 22. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, the university was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Preprofessional programs in business and communication studies are most popular among undergraduates.

  • Location: Bronx, New York
  • School type: private Catholic university
  • Enrollment: 15,189 (8,427 undergraduates)
  • Team: Rams
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Fordham University profile

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George Mason University
George Mason University. funkblast / Flickr

George Mason University is a relatively young school first established as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1957 and founded as an independent institution in 1972. Since then, the university has been expanding rapidly. Aside from its main campus in Fairfax, Virginia, GMU also has branch campuses in Arlington, Prince William, and Loudoun counties. The university's many successes recently landed it at the very top of U.S. News & World Report's list of "Up-and-Coming Schools."

  • Location: Fairfax, Virginia
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 33,320 (20,782 undergraduates)
  • Team: Patriots
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the George Mason University profile

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George Washington University
George Washington University. Alan Cordova / Flickr

The George Washington University (or GW) is a private university located in Foggy Bottom of Washington, D.C., close to the White House. GW takes advantage of its location in the nation's capital -- graduation is held on the National Mall, and the curriculum has an international emphasis. International relations, international business, and political science are some of the most popular majors among undergraduates. For its strengths in the liberal arts and science, GW was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 25,260 (10,406 undergraduates)
  • Team: Colonials
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the George Washington University profile

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La Salle University Library
La Salle University Library. Audrey / Wikimedia Commons

La Salle University believes that a quality education involves both intellectual and spiritual development. La Salle's students come from 45 states and 35 countries, and the university offers over 40 bachelor's degree programs. Professional fields in business, communications and nursing are the most popular among undergraduates. The university has a 13 to 1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 20. High achieving students should look into the university's Honors Program for opportunities to pursue more challenging courses of study.

  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • School type: private Catholic university
  • Enrollment: 6,685 (4,543 undergraduates)
  • Team: Explorers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the La Salle University profile

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St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure University. Rocky Lakes Photography

St. Bonaventure University's 500-acre campus is situated in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Western New York. Founded in 1858 by Franciscan friars, the university maintains its Catholic affiliation today and places service at the heart of the St. Bonaventure experience. The school has a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and undergraduates can choose from more than 50 majors and minors. Programs in business and journalism are well regarded and extremely popular among undergraduates.

  • Location: St. Bonaventure, New York
  • School type: private Catholic university
  • Enrollment: 2,450 (1,958 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bonnies
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the St. Bonaventure University profile

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Saint Joseph's University
Saint Joseph's University. dcsaint / Flickr

Located on a 103-acre campus in western Philadelphia and Montgomery Country, Saint Joseph's University has a history dating back to 1851. The college's strengths in the liberal arts and science earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Many of Saint Joseph's most popular and distinguished programs, however, are in business fields. Undergraduates can choose from 75 academic programs.

  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • School type: private Catholic university
  • Enrollment: 9,011 (5,500 undergraduates)
  • Team: Hawks
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Saint Joseph's University profile

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Saint Louis University Cupples House
Saint Louis University Cupples House. Matthew Black / Flickr

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University has the distinction of being the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit university in the country. SLU frequently appears on lists of the country's best colleges, and it often ranks among the top five Jesuit universities in the U.S. The university has a 13 to 1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 23. Professional programs such as business and nursing are particularly popular among undergraduates. Students come from all 50 states and 90 countries.

  • Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
  • School type: private Catholic university
  • Enrollment: 17,859 (12,531 undergraduates)
  • Team: Billikens
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Saint Louis University profile

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University of Dayton Chapel
University of Dayton Chapel. brighterworlds / Flickr

The University of Dayton's program in entrepreneurship has been ranked highly by U.S. News and World Report, and Dayton also gets high marks for student happiness and athletics. The University of Dayton made my list of the country's best Catholic universities.

  • Location: Dayton, Ohio
  • School type: private Catholic university
  • Enrollment: 11,045 (7,843 undergraduates)
  • Team: Flyers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Dayton profile

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UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst. jadell / Flickr

UMass Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system. As the only public university in the Five College Consortium, UMass offers the benefit of state tuition with easy access to classes at Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire and Smith. The large UMass campus is easy to recognize because of the W.E.B. DuBois Library, the tallest college library in the world. UMass frequently ranks among the top 50 public universities in the U.S., and it has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

  • Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 28,084 (21,812 undergraduates)
  • Team: Minutemen
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the UMass Amherst profile

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University of Rhode Island Quad
University of Rhode Island Quad. Wasted Time R / Wikimedia Commons

The University of Rhode Island often ranks highly for both its academic programs and its educational value. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, URI was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. High achieving students should look into the URI Honors Program which offers special academic, advising and housing opportunities.

  • Location: Kingston, Rhode Island
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 16,317 (13,219 undergraduates)
  • Team: Rams
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Rhode Island profile

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University of Richmond
University of Richmond. rpongsaj / Flickr

University of Richmond undergraduates can choose from 60 majors, and the college typically does well in national rankings of liberal arts colleges and undergraduate business programs. Students can also choose from 75 study-abroad programs in 30 countries. The school's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Richmond has an impressive 8 to 1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 16.

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Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Commonwealth University. taberandrew / Flickr

Virginia Commonwealth University occupies two campuses in Richmond: the 88-acre Monroe Park Campus sits in the historic Fan District while the 52-acre MCV Campus, home to the VCU Medical Center, is located in the financial district. The university was founded in 1968 by the merger of two schools, and looking ahead VCU has plans for significant growth and expansion. Students can choose from 60 baccalaureate degree programs, with the arts, sciences, social sciences and humanities all being popular among undergraduates. At the graduate level, VCU's health programs have an excellent national reputation. 

  • Location: Richmond, Virginia
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 31,627 (23,498 undergraduates)
  • Team: Rams
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Virginia Commonwealth University profile