Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)

Learn about the 16 Schools in This NCAA Division II Athletic Conference

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) currently consists of 16 member schools, all within Ohio and Michigan. The schools vary widely in enrollment numbers, with a range of 1,000 to 27,000 students. The conference was founded in 1972 and sponsors 11 men's sports and 11 women's sports.  

Ashland University Rugby
Ashland University Rugby. guffeyGF / Flickr

Academics are supported by a 13 to 1 student/faculty ratio at Ashland, and students can choose from over 80 programs/majors. The school fields 9 men's and 9 women's teams, with Track and Field, Football, Cross Country, and Soccer among the most popular choices.

  • Location: Ashland, Ohio
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 5,428 (3,768 undergraduates)
  • Team: Eagles
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Ashland University profile
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Ferris State University
Ferris State University

Founded in 1884, Ferris State University is located in Big Rapids, about an hour north of Grand Rapids. Popular areas of study include Biology, Business, Criminal Justice, and Education. Popular sports include Football, Ice Hockey, Track and Field, and Tennis.

  • Location: Big Rapids, Michigan
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 14,600 (13,373 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bulldogs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Ferris State University profile
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Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley State University

One of the 15 public universities in Michigan, GVSU offers over 75 majors for students to choose from. Academics are supported by a 17 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Popular sports include Track and Field, Football, Swimming, and Lacrosse.

  • Location: Allendale, Michigan
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 25,094 (21,636 undergraduates)
  • Team: Lakers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Grand Valley State University profile
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Hillsdale College
Hillsdale College. eandersk / Flickr

Hillsdale, a small liberal-arts college, offers a range of programs, with a core curriculum that includes the Great Books and the U.S. Constitution. Popular sports include Cross Country, Swimming, Track and Field, and Basketball.

  • Location: Hillsdale, Michigan
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,444 (all undergraduates)
  • Team: Chargers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Hillsdale College profile
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Lake Erie College
Lake Erie College. Dkocan / Wikimedia Commons

With academics supported by a healthy 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio, Lake Erie College offers students small classes and personalized instruction. The school fields 9 men's and 8 women's sports, with popular choices including Football, Swimming, Track and Field, and Soccer.

  • Location: Painesville, Ohio
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,155 (938 undergraduates)
  • Team: Storm
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Lake Erie College profile
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Lake Superior State University
Lake Superior State University. Bobak Ha'Eri / Wikimedia Commons

LSSU is comprised of five distinct schools: the College of Arts, Letters, Social Sciences and Emergency Services; the College of Business and Engineering; the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences; the College of Nursing and Health Sciences; and the School of Education. Academics are supported by a 16 to 1 student/faculty ratio.

  • Location: Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 2,407 (2,406 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bulldogs
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Lake Superior State University profile
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Malone University. Shtaylor1 / Wikimedia Commons

Affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, Malone offers a range of majors, with business, communication, and education degrees among the most popular. The school fields eight men's and eight women's sports.

  • Location: Canton, Ohio
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,962 (1,565 undergraduates)
  • Team: Pioneers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Malone University profile
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Michigan Technological University
Michigan Technological University

Students at MTU can enjoy a range of outdoor activities; the campus is located on the Keweenaw Peninsula and overlooks Portage Lake. Popular sports include skiing, football, track and field, and soccer. The men's ice hockey team competes in Division I of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association).

  • Location: Houghton, Michigan
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 7,099 (5,658 undergraduates)
  • Team: Huskies
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Michigan Technological University profile
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Northern Michigan University
Northern Michigan University. Bobak Ha'Eri / Wikimedia Commons

Northern Michigan University, located on the shore of Lake Superior, offers 147 degree programs to choose from, with art, biology, nursing, and education among the most popular choices. The school fields seven men's and ten women's sports.

  • Location: Marquette, Michigan
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 8,781 (8,001 undergraduates)
  • Team: Wildcats
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Northern Michigan University profile
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Northwood University
Northwood University. Mgreason / Wikimedia Commons

Northwood University has additional locations in Florida and Texas, but its Michigan campus is the largest. Popular sports include track and field, ice hockey, soccer, and basketball. The school offers a number of extracurricular activities and travel abroad opportunities.

  • Location: Midland, Michigan
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 3,131 (2,878 undergraduates)
  • Team: Timberwolves
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Northwood University profile
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Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio. Cody Ellis / Flickr

Ohio Dominican University, affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, was started as an all-women's college. Academics are supported by a healthy 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Popular sports include softball, volleyball, basketball, and soccer.

  • Location: Columbus, Ohio
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 2,707 (1,865 undergraduates)
  • Team: Panthers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Ohio Dominican University profile
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Saginaw Valley State University
Saginaw Valley State University. Saginaw Future Inc. / Flickr
  • Location: University Center, Michigan
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 9,829 (8,930 undergraduates)
  • Team: Cardinals
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the SVSU profile
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Tiffin University
Tiffin University

Tiffin University, founded in 1888, offers a range of undergraduate programs, with criminal justice, business administration, and communications among the most popular. The school fields ten men's sports and ten women's sports.

  • Location: Tiffin, Ohio
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 4,100 (3,016 undergraduates)
  • Team: Dragons
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Tiffin University profile
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University of Findlay
University of Findlay. tekkbabe / Flickr

Academics at the University of Findlay are supported by a healthy 15 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Students can choose from nearly 60 majors, with animal science and medicine among the most popular. Top sports include basketball, football, soccer, and tennis.

  • Location: Findlay, Ohio
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 5,172 (3,967 undergraduates)
  • Team: Oilers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Findlay profile
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Walsh University
Walsh University. Courtesy of Walsh University

Walsh University, affiliated with the Roman Catholic church, has an average student/faculty ratio of 13 to 1, meaning that students can expect smaller class sizes and an individualized education. The school fields nine men's and nine women's sports.

  • Location: North Canton, Ohio
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 2,919 (2,325 undergraduates)
  • Team: Cavaliers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Walsh University profile
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Wayne State University
Wayne State University. meesh / Flickr

The largest school in this conference, Wayne State University fields eight men's and nine women's sports. Popular choices include football, baseball, track and field, and swimming. High-achieving students at Wayne have the opportunity to join the Reid Honors College.

  • Location: Detroit, Michigan
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 27,578 (18,347 undergraduates)
  • Team: Warriors
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Wayne State University profile
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