Big Sky Conference

Learn About the 12 Universities in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference

The Big Sky Conference is an NCAA Division I athletic conference with members coming from the western United States. The conference headquarters are located in Ogden, Utah. All nine members are public universities with more than 10,000 students. The conference sponsors 16 sports.

Eastern Washington University Mascot
Eastern Washington University Mascot. TooFarNorth / Flickr

Eastern Washington University is located about 16 miles from Spokane. The 300-acre park-like campus is a short drive to skiing, fishing, canoeing and other outdoor recreation. Undergraduates can choose from over 100 fields of study, and the school has a 21 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The school ranks well among master's level institutions in the West, and G.I. Jobs magazine named it a military friendly school. The university has an active Greek system with seven fraternities and eight sororities. The school's 117,699 square foot Recreation Center features an ice rink, 30 foot climbing wall, large fitness center and dining area.

  • Location: Cheney, Washington
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 13,453 (12,411 undergraduates)
  • Team: Eagles
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Eastern Washington University profile.
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Idaho State University Holt Arena
Idaho State University Holt Arena. Ken Lund / Flickr

Outdoor lovers will find lots to do in the the northern Rockies that border Idaho State University. Hiking, fishing, camping, skiing and boating are all nearby. On campus, students can choose from close to 300 degree and certificate programs. Nursing is the most popular Bachelor's degree program. The university has a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students come from 59 countries. Student life is active with over 160 clubs and organizations including a small Greek system.

  • Location: Pocatello, Idaho
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 13,429 (11,517 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bengals
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Idaho State University profile.
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Big sky in Bozeman, Montana
Big sky in Bozeman, Montana. Adib Roy / Flickr

Montana State's huge 1,200-acre campus is located in the fourth largest city in the state. Yellowstone National Park is a little over an hour away. Founded in 1893 as an agricultural college, Montana State today offers over 50 Bachelor's degree programs. Business and nursing are the most popular fields among undergraduates. Montana State has a 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

  • Location: Bozeman, Montana
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 14,982 (13,298 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bobcats
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Montana State University profile.
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Northern Arizona State University
Northern Arizona State University. sarcozona / Flickr

Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University can boast that it is closer to the Grand Canyon than any other university. Along with the attractive 738-acre main campus, the school has many satellite campuses. Students come from 50 states and 70 countries, and they can choose from 95 undergraduate degree programs. Education and business are both extremely popular among undergraduates. The university has a 19 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 30.

  • Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 27,705 (23,328 undergraduates)
  • Team: Lumberjacks
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Northern Arizona University profile.
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Portland State University
Portland State University. rachaelvoorhees / Flickr

Located on a 49-acre campus in downtown Portland, Oregon, Portland State was established in 1946 to accommodate veterans returning from World War II. It has since grown into a large master's and doctoral degree granting institution. At the undergraduate level, Portland State students can choose from 99 bachelor's degree programs. Popular majors span professional fields, the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The university has a 22 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 27,696 (22,136 undergraduates)
  • Team: Vikings
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Portland State University profile.
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Sacramento State
Sacramento State. DevinCook / Wikimedia Commons

Sacramento State is one of the larger universities in the California State University system, and the school takes pride in its multicultural student body. Sac State's 300-acre campus provides students with easy access to trails along the American River Parkway as well as Folsom Lake and Old Sacramento recreation areas. The university has a 21 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students can choose from 60 undergraduate degree programs. High achieving students should look into the Sac State Honors Program.

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Adams Theatre at Southern Utah University
Adams Theatre at Southern Utah University. twbuckner / Flickr

Outdoor lovers will find national parks and skiing near Southern Utah University, and Las Vegas is just a two-and-a-half hour road-trip to the southwest. Majors in education, business, communications, biology and psychology are particularly popular with undergraduates. Student life is active with over 100 clubs and organizations, and visitors should check out the Utah Shakespearean Festival and Utah Summer Games.

  • Location: Cedar City, Utah
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 7,656 (6,953 undergraduates)
  • Team: Thunderbirds
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Southern Utah University profile.
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University of Idaho
University of Idaho. Allen Dale Thompson / Flickr

Students come to the University of Idaho from all 50 states and 77 countries. The university ranks well among the nation's public universities, and the school wins high marks for its educational value. The university's home of Moscow is a hip college town featuring a range of coffee shops, theaters, art galleries and restaurants. Skiing, rafting, camping, hiking and biking opportunities are just minutes away.

  • Location: Moscow, Idaho
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 11,702 (9,283 undergraduates)
  • Team: Vandals
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Idaho profile.
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University of Montana
University of Montana. Julia Manzerova / Flickr

The University of Montana's 200-acre campus sits at the base of Mount Sentinel in a scenic valley. The area wins high marks for its beauty and for the opportunities it offers students for outdoor recreation. Glacier National Park is two hours away, and Yellowstone is a four-hour drive. The university is made up of five colleges and five schools, and business administration is by far the most popular undergraduate major.

  • Location: Missoula, Montana
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 13,952 (11,692 undergraduates)
  • Team: Grizzlies
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Montana profile.
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University of Northern Colorado Marching Band
University of Northern Colorado Marching Band. Geoff Hagerman / Wikimedia Commons

The University of Northern Colorado's 260-acre campus is located about an hour north of Denver. Students come from 38 states and five countries, and undergraduates can choose from over 100 Bachelor's degree programs. Interdisciplinary studies, business and nursing are among the most popular majors. At the graduate level, education is quite strong. Student life is active, and the university has numerous fraternities and sororities.

  • Location: Greeley, Colorado
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 12,050 (9,469 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bears
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Northern Colorado profile.
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University of North Dakota Library
University of North Dakota Library. BrianBaier / Wikimedia Commons

Located in Grand Forks, the University of North Dakota is the oldest university in the state, and it is the state's primary center for professional education and training. UND students come from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. While they are there, they can explore 1 of the 202 fields of study offered by the university. Because of its popular Aviation studies, UND operates a small campus at Grand Forks International Airport.

  • Location:Grand Falls, North Dakota
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment:  14,906 (11,537 undergraduate)
  • Team: Fighting Sioux
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of North Dakota profile.
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Weber State University
Weber State University. PinkStock Photos! / Flickr

Weber State University's 500-acre campus is nestled among the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. The large public university has a 22 to 1 student / faculty ratio and the majority of classes have under 30 students. Weber State offers over 200 undergraduate programs of study, and professional fields in business and health are among the most popular. The majority of students live off campus, but the university has over 100 student clubs and organizations.

  • Location: Ogden, Utah
  • School type: Public university
  • Enrollment: 25,954 (25,316 undergraduates)
  • Team: Wildcats
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Weber State University profile.
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