Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)

Learn About the 12 Schools that Are Members of the CIAA

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) has twelve members from the Middle Atlantic region: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. All members except for Chowan University are historically black colleges and universities, and many of the member schools have religious affiliations. The conference headquarters are in Hampton, Virginia, and the CIAA fields eight men's and eight women's sports.

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Bowie State University

Bowie State University
Bowie State University. Mattysc / Wikimedia Commons

Through its wide range of academic options, Bowie State caters to both traditional undergraduate students and working adults. Business administration is the most popular bachelor's degree program, and academics are supported by a 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

  • Location: Bowie, Maryland
  • School type: historically black public university
  • Enrollment: 5,669 (4,711 undergraduates)
  • CIAA Division: Northern
  • Team: Bulldogs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Bowie State University profile
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Chowan University

The McDowell Columns Building at Chowan University in 1940
The McDowell Columns Building at Chowan University in 1940. Thomas T. Waterman / Wikimedia Commons

Chowan makes a point of catering to "average" students with middling GPAs and standardized test scores. The university takes its Christian identity seriously, and students will get to know their professors well thanks to the school's average class size of 15.

  • Location: Murfreesboro, North Carolina
  • School type: private Christian university
  • Enrollment: 1,534 (1,525 undergraduates)
  • CIAA Division: Northern
  • Team: Hawks
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Chowan University profile
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Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City State University. AdamantlyMike / Wikimedia Commons

Elizabeth City State University has several strong professional programs including aviation and pharmacy. Academics are supported by a 15 to 1 student / facutly ratio. Campus life is active with over 50 clubs and organizations as well as a fraternity and sorority system.

  • Location: Elizabeth City, North Carolina
  • School type: historically black public university
  • Enrollment: 1,357 (1,310 undergraduates)
  • CIAA Division: Northern
  • Team: Vikings
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Elizabeth City State University profile
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Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University Marching Band
Fayetteville State University Marching Band. moonlightbulb / Flickr

Fayetteville State University has the distinction of being one of the most diverse campus communities in the nation. The university does well in the National Survey of Student Engagement. Business and Criminal Justice are both extremely popular majors.

  • Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • School type: historically black public university
  • Enrollment: 6,223 (5,540 undergraduates)
  • CIAA Division: Southern
  • Team: Broncos
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Fayetteville State University profile
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Johnson C. Smith University

Johnson C. Smith University
Johnson C. Smith University. James Willamor / Flickr

With a healthy 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio, Johnson C. Smith students receive plenty of personalized attention from their professors. JCSU was also the first historically black university to provide laptops for all students.

  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • School type: historically black public university
  • Enrollment: 1,428 (1,326 undergraduates)
  • CIAA Division: Southern
  • Team: Golden Bulls
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Johnson C. Smith University profile
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Lincoln University

Lincoln University (Pennsylvania)
Lincoln University (Pennsylvania). Groberson / Wikimedia Commons

Founded in 1854, Lincoln University has the distinction of being the first historically black university in the country (most were founded after the Civil War). Popular majors include business, criminal justice, and communications.

  • Location: Oxford, Pennsylvania
  • School type: historically black public liberal arts university
  • Enrollment: 2,091 (1,823 undergraduates)
  • CIAA Division: Northern
  • Team: Lions
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Lincoln University profile
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Livingstone College

Livingstone College Cheerleaders
Livingstone College Cheerleaders. Kevin Coles / Flickr

Affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Livingstone College has popular business and criminal justice programs. The college also offers weekend and evening courses for the convenience of working students.

  • Location: Salisbury, North Carolina
  • School type: historically black private college
  • Enrollment: 1,204 (all undergraduates)
  • CIAA Division: Southern
  • Team: Blue Bears
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Livingstone College profile
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Saint Augustine's University

Raleigh, North Carolina Skyline
Raleigh, North Carolina Skyline. James Willamore / Flickr

Saint Augustine students are supported by a healthy 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and professional fields such as business, health, and criminal justice are among the most popular majors. The 105-acre campus is smoke- and alcohol-free.

  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • School type: private historically black university affiliated with the Episcopal Church
  • Enrollment: 944 (all undergraduate)
  • CIAA Division: Southern
  • Team: Falcons
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Saint Augustine's University profile
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Shaw University

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Business and social work are the most popular fields of study at Shaw University. Academics are supported by a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the university has the distinction of being the oldest historically black university in the South. 

  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • School type: private historically black Baptist university
  • Enrollment: 1,844 (1,713 undergraduates)
  • CIAA Division: Southern
  • Team: Bears
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Shaw University profile
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Virginia State University

Virginia State University
Virginia State University. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

 Along with the attractive 236-acre main campus, Virginia State has a 416-acre agricultural research campus. Students can choose from 34 undergraduate majors, with business, mass communication, and physical education being among the most popular areas of study.

  • Location: Petersburg, Virginia
  • School type: public historically black university
  • Enrollment: 4,584 (4,165 undergraduates)
  • CIAA Division: Northern
  • Team: Trojans
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Virginia State University profile
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Virginia Union University

Pickford Hall at Virginia Union University
Pickford Hall at Virginia Union University. Morgan Riley / Wikimedia Commons

Located just a couple blocks from Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union has a rich history dating back to 1865. The university takes pride in the personal attention its students receive, something that is supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

  • Location: Richmond, Virginia
  • School type: private historically black Baptist university
  • Enrollment: 1,815 (1,393 undergraduates)
  • CIAA Division: Northern
  • Team: Panthers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Virginia Union University profile
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Winston-Salem State University

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Winston-Salem State University. Kevin Coles / Flickr

Business, nursing, and psychology are among the most popular fields of study at Winston-Salem State. The university takes pride in its fitness facilities, and high-achieving students should check out the Honors Program for access to special academic and campus life perks.

  • Location: Winston-Salem, North Caorlina
  • School type: historically black public university
  • Enrollment: 5,151 (4,759 undergraduates)
  • CIAA Division: Southern
  • Team: Rams
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Winston-Salem State University profile