Horizon League

Learn About the Colleges in the NCAA Horizon League

The Horizon League is an NCAA Division I athletic conference whose members are public and private universities from the midwest. The conference headquarters are located in Indianapolis, Indiana. The conference sponsors 19 sports, and it has had the most success with men's basketball.

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Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University. 11kowrom / Wikimedia Commons

Located on an 85-acre urban campus, Cleveland State University offers over 200 fields of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Social work, psychology, and professional fields in business, communication and education are all popular. Students come from 32 states and 75 countries. The university has over 200 student organizations including three newspapers, a radio station, and several fraternities and sororities. The school represents an excellent value, even for out-of-state applicants.

  • Location: Cleveland, Ohio
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 17,229 (11,522 undergraduates)
  • Team: Vikings
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Cleveland State University profile.
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Oakland University Grizzly
Oakland University Grizzly. Zeusandhera / Flickr

Oakland University occupies a large 1,441-acre campus. The university first opened its doors to students in 1959, and today students can choose from an 132 baccalaureate degree programs. Preprofessional programs in business, nursing, communications and education are quite popular among undergraduates. Student life is active, and the university boasts of 170 student organizations including nine with Greek affiliations.

  • Location: Rochester, Michigan
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 19,379 (15,838 undergraduates)
  • Team: Grizzlies
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Oakland University profile.
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University of Detroit Mercy
University of Detroit Mercy. Pfretz13 / Wikimedia Commons

UDM's three campuses are all located within the city limits of Detroit, Michigan, and the university values its urban location for its diversity, connections to a larger world, and opportunities for student engagement. Students can choose from over 100 academic programs among which nursing is by far the most popular undergraduate major. UDM has a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 20, and the school prides itself on being student-centered.

  • Location: Detroit, Michigan
  • School type: private Catholic university
  • Enrollment: 5,335 (2,971 undergraduates)
  • Team: Titans
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Detroit Mercy profile.
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UIC, University of Illinois at Chicago
UIC, University of Illinois at Chicago. Zol87 / Flickr

Located on three urban campuses in Chicago, UIC ranks well among the nation's research universities. The university is perhaps best known for its medical school, but it also has much to offer undergraduates including a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences..

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University of Wisconsin Green Bay Cofrin Library
University of Wisconsin Green Bay Cofrin Library. Cofrin Library / Flickr

The University of Wisconsin Green Bay's 700-acre campus overlooks Lake Michigan. Students come from 32 states and 32 countries. The university is committed to what it calls "connecting learning to life," and the curriculum emphasizes a broad-based education and hands-on learning. Interdisciplinary programs are popular with undergraduates. UW-Green Bay has a 25 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and 70% of classes have fewer than 40 students.

  • Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 6,671 (6,451 undergraduates)
  • Team: Phoenix
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Wisconsin Green Bay profile.
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University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Freekee / Wikimedia Commons

Located just a few blocks from Lake Michigan, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (UWM) is one of two public doctoral-level research universities in Wisconsin (the University of Wisconsin at Madison, the state's flagship campus, is the other). Over 90% of students come from Wisconsin. The Milwaukee campus is made up of 12 schools and colleges which offer 155 degree programs. Undergraduates can choose from 87 Bachelor's degree programs, and students can even create their own major with the university's "Committee Interdisciplinary Major."

  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • School type: public research university
  • Enrollment: 29,350 (24,270 undergraduates)
  • Team: Panthers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee profile.
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Wright State University Basketball
Wright State University Basketball. theterrifictc / Flickr

Located just a few miles from downtown Dayton and Established in 1967, the Wright State University is named after the Wright Brothers (Dayton was home to the brothers). Today, the 557-acre university campus is home to eight colleges and three schools. Students can choose from over 90 Bachelor's degree programs with professional fields in business and nursing being the most popular among undergraduates. The schol has a 17 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

  • Location: Fairborn, Ohio
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 18,304 (14,408 undergraduates)
  • Team: Raiders
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Wright State University profile.
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Youngstown State University
Youngstown State University. Ryan Leighty / Flickr

Youngstown State University's attractive 145-acre campus is situated southeast of Cleveland near the Pennsylvania border. Students from Western Pennsylvania receive reduced out-of-state tuition rates, and the university as a whole has lower costs than most similar public institutions in the region. The university has a 19 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students can choose from over 100 majors. Popular fields span a wide spectrum from the humanities to engineering. Students and community members should check out the Spitz SciDome -- a planetarium with free shows on the weekend..

  • Location: Youngstown, Ohi
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 14,483 (13,303 undergraduates)
  • Team: Penguins
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Youngstown State University profile.
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