Heartland Conference

An NCAA Division II Conference

 All the schools within the Heartland Conference are located in Arkansas, Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. The schools are generally close in size, with ranges between 2,000 and 7,000 students. The conference was founded in 1999, and fields six men's and seven women's sports. 

Dallas Baptist University
Dallas Baptist University. Regrothenberger / Wikipedia

Dallas Baptist University, affiliated with the Baptist church, is a selective school--it has an acceptance rate of 46%. The school fields seven men's and seven women's sports. Popular choices include basketball, soccer, track and field, tennis, and golf.

  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 5,319 (3,315 undergraduates)
  • Team: Patriots
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Dallas Baptist University profile
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Lubbock Christian University
Lubbock Christian University. LCU / Flickr

Founded in the 1950s, LCU is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Academics are supported by a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students can choose from over 50 degree programs. Popular sports include soccer, basketball, cross country, track and field, and volleyball.

  • Location: Lubbock, Texas
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,958 (1,496 undergraduates)
  • Team: Chaparrals and Lady Chaps
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Lubbock Christian University profile

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Downtown Wichita, Kansas
Downtown Wichita, Kansas. Lane Pearman / Flickr

The only school from Kansas on this list, Newman University is located in Wichita. Founded as a liberal arts school, Newman's most popular majors include biology, business administration, education, theology, and nursing. The school field nine men's and ten women's sports.

  • Location: Wichita, Kansas
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 3,595 (2,754 undergraduates)
  • Team: Jets
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Newman University profile
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OCU Women's Basketball
OCU Women's Basketball. Oklahoma Christian University / Flickr

Oklahoma Christian University, also affiliated with the Churches of Christ, was founded in the 1950s. The school fields seven men's and seven women's sports. Top choices include baseball, golf, swimming, soccer, softball, and basketball.

  • Location: Edmund, Oklahoma
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 2,570 (1,987 undergraduates)
  • Team: Eagles
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Oklahoma Christian University profile

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Oklahoma Panhandle State University Stadium
Oklahoma Panhandle State University Stadium. Ommnomnomgulp / Wikimedia Commons

One of the smallest schools in the conference, OPSU was founded in 1909, and is located in Goodwell, Oklahoma. Goodwell is about two hours north of Amarillo, Texas. The school offers a range of bachelor degree programs, with some popular choices including biology, computer science, education, and agriculture.

  • Location: Goodwell, Oklahoma
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 1,232 (all undergraduates)
  • Team: Aggies
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the OPS University profile
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Rogers State University
Rogers State University. Janice Waltzer / Flickr

Rogers State University has an acceptance rate of 82%, making it somewhat selective, while still admitting the majority of applicants. The school fields six men's and six women's sports. Popular choices include baseball, cross country, basketball, soccer, and golf.

  • Location: Claremore, Oklahoma
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 4,081 (4,064 undergraduates)
  • Team: Hillcats
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Rogers State University profile

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St. Edward's University Main Building
St. Edward's University Main Building. kinez / Flickr

St. Edward's is affiliated with the Catholic Church, and was established in 1878. The school has a student / faculty ratio of 14 to 1, and students can choose from a broad ranges of majors, with popular choices including accounting, business, communication, english, and marketing.

  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 4,620 (4,023 undergraduates)
  • Team: Hilltoppers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the St. Edward's University profile
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St. Mary's University
St. Mary's University. Ngood / Wikimedia Commons

One of the only Marianist colleges in the country, St. Mary's is affiliated with the Catholic Church, and was founded in 1852. The school fields five men's and six women's sports. Top choices include basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball.

  • Location: San Antonio, Texas
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 3,625 (2,309 undergraduates)
  • Team: Hawks
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the St. Mary's University profile
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Fountain at Texas A&M International University with Killam Library in the background
Fountain at Texas A&M International University with Killam Library in the background. Chris Lawrence / Flickr

Outside of the classroom, students can join over 100 clubs and organizations at TAMIU--ranging from performing arts groups, to academic clubs, to intramural sports, to religious clubs. The school fields five men's and six women's sports.

  • Location: Laredo, Texas
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 7,192 (6,375 undergraduates)
  • Team: Dustdevils
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Texas A & M International University profile
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University of Arkansas Fort Smith
University of Arkansas Fort Smith. University of Arkansas - Fort Smith / Wikimedia Commons

Located on a 168-acre campus, the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is almost on the border with Oklahoma. Students can choose from a number of majors--popular choices include business, biology, education, history, and nursing.

  • Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 6,720 (6,714 undergraduates)
  • Team: Lions
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith profile

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