Conference Carolinas

Learn About the 12 Schools in the Conference Carolinas

Conference Carolinas (formerly known as Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference (CVAC)) is a conference within  Division II of the NCAA. Member schools are primarily from North Carolina and South Carolina, with schools also from Tennessee and Georgia. The headquarters of the conference are located in Highpoint, North Carolina. The conference fields 10 women's sports and 10 men's sports. As Division II schools, the member colleges are smaller schools, with enrollment numbers generally between 1,000 and 3,000

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Church in downtown Wilson
Wilson, North Carolina. Bruce Tuten / Flickr

Barton College, a four-year Christian college, offers a wide range of majors, with popular choices including nursing, education, and social work. The schools fields 16 teams, with baseball, soccer, and track and field among the most popular.

  • Location: Wilson, North Carolina
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,035 (1,010 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bulldogs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Barton College profile

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Belmont Abbey College
Belmont Abbey College. Tiffany Clark / Wikimedia Commons

Belmont Abbey College, located in Belmont, NC, is only a few minutes away from Charlotte. In 2006, U.S. News & World Report ranked Belmont Abbey first in North Carolina and second in the Southeast for class size. The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. It fields over 12 sports, with baseball, soccer, and volleyball among the most popular.

  • Location: Belmont, North Carolina
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,560 (all undergraduates)
  • Team: Crusaders
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Belmont Abbey College profile

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Converse College
Converse College. Converse College / Wikimedia Commons

Founded in 1890, Converse is a women's college located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Students can choose from over 35 majors, and Converse offers a range of graduate courses and degree programs. Academics are supported by a healthy 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

  • Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,389 (822 undergraduates)
  • Team: Valkyries
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Converse College profile

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Emmanuel College
Emmanuel College. Courtesy of Emmanuel College

With only 816 students, Emmanuel College is one of the smallest schools in this conference. Founded in 1919, the school has close ties with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Emmanuel fields 15 men's and 15 women's sports, with Track and Field, Volleyball, and Soccer among the most popular. 

  • Location: Franklin Springs, Georgia
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 816 (all undergraduates)
  • Team: Lions
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Emmanuel College (Georgia) profile

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Erskine College
Erskine College. Photo Courtesy of Erskine College

Erskine prides itself on its strong placement rate for students entering law or medical school after graduation. Academics are supported by a 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and all classes are taught by professors (not graduate students). Erskine fields six men's and eight women's sports.

  • Location: Due West, South Carolina
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 753 (591 undergraduates)
  • Team: Flying Fleet
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Erskine College profile

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King University
King University. Christopher Powers / Wikimedia Commons

King University, the only school from Tennessee in this conference, is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The school offers over 80 majors, with choices in Information Technology and Business being among the most popular.

  • Location: Bristol, Tennessee
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 2,897 (2,427 undergraduates)
  • Team: Tornado
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the King University profile

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Lees-McRae College
Lees-McRae College. rkeefer / Flickr

Another of the smaller schools in this conference, Lees-McRae College only has about 940 students. Academics are supported by a 15 to 1 students / faculty ratio. Outside of the classroom, students can join a number of extracurricular activities, including beekeeping and Quidditch.

  • Location: Banner Elk, North Carolina
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 940 (all undergraduates)
  • Team: Bobcats
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Lees-McRae College profile

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Limestone College
Limestone College. Morder / Wikimedia Commons

Limestone College is within a short drive of both Greenville and Charlotte. Students can choose from over 40 majors, with choices in Business being the most popular. The school fields 11 men's and 12 women's sports, with popular choices including Football, Track and Field, and Wrestling.

  • Location: Gaffney, South Carolina
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 3,214 (3,137 undergraduates)
  • Team: Saints
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Limestone College profile

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Younts Stadium at North Greenville University
Younts Stadium at North Greenville University. Ianmccor / Wikimedia Commons

North Greenville University (NGU) is affiliated with the Baptist Church, and its academic offerings reflect that affiliation--Christian Studies is among the most popular choices of majors among students. The school fields 11 men's and 10 women's sports, with Football and Track and Field among the most popular.

  • Location: Tigerville, South Carolina
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 2,569 (2,359 undergraduates)
  • Team: Crusaders
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the North Greenville University profile

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Pfeiffer College
Pfeiffer College. Nicki Moore / Flickr

At Pfeiffer College, students can expect small classes, with averages around 13 students. Academics are supported by an 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The school fields nine men's and nine women's teams, with Baseball, Lacrosse, and Soccer top choices.

  • Location: Misenheimer, North Carolina
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,784 (958 undergraduates)
  • Team: Falcons
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Pfeiffer University profile

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Southern Wesleyan University
Southern Wesleyan University. SWU1webguy / Wikimedia Commons

Southern Wesleyan University was founded in 1906, and is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. The school offers over 40 areas of study, with Business, Biology, and Human Services among the most studied. Popular sports include Baseball, Soccer, and Softball.

  • Location: Center, South Carolina
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,778 (1,418 undergraduates)
  • Team: Warriors
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Southern Wesleyan University profile

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Garden House at University of Mount Olive
Garden House at University of Mount Olive. Cc09091986 / Wikimedia Commons

In addition to the campus in Mount Olive, UMO has campuses in Goldsboro, Jacksonville, New Bern, Wilmington, and Washington. On the athletic front, the school fields nine men's and nine women's teams, with popular choices including Track and Field, Lacrosse, and Soccer.

  • Location: Mount Olive, North Carolina
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 3,456 (3,406 undergraduates)
  • Team: Trojans
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Mount Olive profile