Great American Conference

An NCAA Division II Conference with Members from Arkansas and Oklahoma

The Great American Conference is made up of 12 schools, within Arkansas and Oklahoma. The conference is a fairly new addition to the NCAA, and was created in 2010. The conference sponsors eight men's and eight women's sports. As Division II schools, these schools tend to be on the smaller side, with most schools being on the low side of the 2,000-12,000 enrollment range for the conference. 

Arkansas Tech
Arkansas Tech. adam*b / Flickr

The largest school in this conference, Arkansas Tech has around 12,000 students. The university fields four men's and six women's sports, with Football, Softball, Volleyball, and Baseball among the most popular choices.

  • Location: Russellville, Arkansas
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 12,002 (11,099 undergraduates)
  • Team: Wonder Boys & Golden Suns
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Arkansas Tech University profile
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East Central University
East Central University. Small Town OK / Flickr

East Central University, located about 90 miles away from Oklahoma City, offers a wide range of majors--some of the most popular include Nursing, Human Services, Business Administration, and Education. Academics are supported by a 19 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

  • Location: Ada, Oklahoma
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 4,428 (3,637 undergraduates)
  • Team: Tigers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the East Central University profile
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Harding University
Harding University. Bdowler / Wikipedia

Harding University, affiliated with the Churches of Christ, is about 50 miles from Little Rock. Students can choose from a range of majors and programs, with choices in Business, Education, and Health among the most popular. The school fields eight men's sports and nine women's sports.

  • Location: Searcy, Arkansas
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 6,059 (4,485 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bisons
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Harding University profile
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Arkadelphia Water Tower
Arkadelphia Water Tower. Nick Juhasz / Wikimedia Commons

Academics at HSU are supported by a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students can choose from over 35 bachelor degree programs. The school fields five men's sports and seven women's sports; popular choices include Football, Swimming, and Softball. 

  • Location: Arkadelphia, Arkansas
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 3,627 (3,232 undergraduates)
  • Team: Reddies
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Henderson State University profile
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The Gloss Mountains, south of the NWOSU campus
The Gloss Mountains, south of the NWOSU campus. Christopher Caldwell / Flickr

NWOSU, located in Alva, has two additional campuses in Woodward and Enid. Students can choose from a range of academic programs, as well as a variety of extracurricular activities. The athletic program fields six men's and seven women's sports. Popular choices include Football, Volleyball, and Rodeo.

  • Location: Alva, Oklahoma
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 2,166 (1,957 undergraduates)
  • Team: Rangers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Northwestern Oklahoma State University profile
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Shawnee, Oklahoma
Shawnee, Oklahoma. Brad Holt / Flickr

OBU, affiliated with the Baptist Church, offers a range of course and degrees, with options in Biblical and Theological studies, among others. The university fields nine men's and twelve women's sports. Some popular sports are Football, Track and Field, Swimming/Diving, and Volleyball. 

  • Location: Shawnee, Oklahoma
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,979 (1,921 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bison
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Oklahoma Baptist University profile
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Ouachita Baptist University Tiger
Ouachita Baptist University Tiger. Brandonrush / Wikimedia Commons

Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Church, OBU offers students a variety of programs within its seven schools. Academics are supported by a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Popular sports on campus include Football, Soccer, Softball, and Baseball.

  • Location: Arkadelphia, Arkansas
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,501 (all undergraduates)
  • Team: Tigers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Ouachita Baptist University profile
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SOSU Library
SOSU Library. fw_gadget / Flickr

Founded in the early 1900s, SOSU is located just two hours north of Dallas. The school offers a range of majors, with some popular choices including Education, Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Business Management. Popular sports include Tennis, Softball, Basketball, and Track and Field. 

  • Location: Durant, Oklahoma
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 3,878 (3,519 undergraduates)
  • Team: Savage Storm
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Southeastern Oklahoma State University profile
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Southern Arkansas University
Southern Arkansas University. Farther Along / Flickr

 Southern Arkansas University offers over 70 majors for students to choose from--top choices include Education, Nursing, and Business. For interested students, there is also an Honors Program. Popular sports include Rodeo, Track and Field, and Golf.

  • Location: Magnolia, Arkansas
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 3,546 (3,036 undergraduates)
  • Team: Muleriders
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Southern Arkansas University profile
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Southern Nazarene University
Southern Nazarene University Football. Moonraker2002 / Wikipedia

Southern Nazarene is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, and offers several majors in Theology and Ministry. Academics are supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The school fields eight men's and ten women's sports. 

  • Location: Bethany, Oklahoma
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 2,254 (1,737 undergraduates)
  • Team: Crimson Storm
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Southern Nazarene University profile
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Weatherford, Oklahoma, is well known for its large wind farm
Weatherford, Oklahoma, is well known for its large wind farm. Rex Brown / Flickr

Located in Weatherford, SWOSU is only about an hour away from Oklahoma City. Academics are supported by a healthy 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the average class size is 23. Popular sports on campus include Football, Rodeo, Soccer, and Volleyball. 

  • Location: Weatherford, Oklahoma
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 4,994 (4,240 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bulldogs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Southwestern Oklahoma State University profile
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University of Arkansas at Monticello Marching Band
University of Arkansas at Monticello Marching Band. Jeff Noble / Flickr

The University of Arkansas, in addition to its campus in Monticello, has two branch locations in Crossett and McGehee. The school offers degrees at the associate, bachelor, and master levels. Popular sports include Football, Baseball, Volleyball, and Soccer.

  • Location: Monticello, Arkansas
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 3,854 (3,641 undergraduates)
  • Team: Boll Weevils and Cotton Blossoms
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Arkansas at Monticello profile
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