Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association

An NCAA Division II Conference

​The Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) was founded in 1912, as the Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association. When schools from Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas joined the conference, the NCAA changed its name. The MIAA fields twenty sports--ten men's and ten women's. Since this is a Division II conference, the schools are medium-sized, with enrollments ranging from around 3,000 to 17,000 students. 

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Snowstorm at Emporia State
Snowstorm at Emporia State. mrsteveo / Flickr

Popular majors at Emporia State University include business administration, communications, education, and nursing. Academics are supported by an 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the school fields six men's and seven women's teams. 

  • Location: Emporia, Kansas
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 6,114 (3,924 undergraduates)
  • Team: Hornets
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Emporia State University profile

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Downtown Hays
Downtown Hays, Kansas. Richard Bauer / Flickr

With over 70 majors to choose from, undergraduate students at Fort Hays have a range of options to study--popular choices include criminal justice, education, management, and nursing. Popular sports include football, basketball, softball, track and field, and soccer.

  • Location: Hays, Kansas
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 14,210 (11,831 undergraduates)
  • Team: Tigers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Fort Hays State University profile

 

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Lincoln University Blue Tiger
Lincoln University Blue Tiger. jennlynndesign / Flickr

One of the smallest schools in this conference, Lincoln University has open admissions (meaning that any eligible students have the opportunity to study there). Popular sports at Lincoln include basketball, baseball, football, track and field, and golf.

  • Location: Jefferson City, Missouri
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 2,944 (2,830 undergraduates)
  • Team: Blue Tigers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Lincoln University profile

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Lindenwood University Roemer Hall. Bhockey10 / Wikimedia Commons

In 2015, Lindenwood had an acceptance rate of 55%, making it a fairly selective school. Students will need to submit scores from either the SAT or ACT to apply. In athletics, the school fields 12 men's and 13 women's sports. Popular choices include lacrosse, ice hockey, basketball, and soccer. 

  • Location: St. Charles, Missouri
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 11,620 (8,285 undergraduates)
  • Team: Lions & Lady Lions
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Lindenwood University profile

 

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MSSU Graduation
MSSU Graduation. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Academics at MSSU are supported by an 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Popular majors at the school include business, criminal justice, nursing, elementary education, and liberal arts. Outside of the classroom, students can join a wide range of clubs and activities, including theater, music, fraternities/sororities, and academic honor societies.

  • Location: Joplin, Missouri
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 5,783 (5,732 undergraduates)
  • Team: Lions
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Missouri Southern State University profile

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Missouri Western State University
Missouri Western State University. One Day Closer / Flickr

Missouri Western State University, another one of the smaller schools in the conference, is located in St. Joseph, a city of 70,000 about an hour north of Kansas City, Missouri. The school fields six men's and nine women's teams. Popular sports include baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and tennis.

  • Location: St. Joseph, Missouri
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 5,513 (5,296 undergraduates)
  • Team: Griffons
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Missouri Western State University profile

 

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Seminary Hall at Northeastern State University
Seminary Hall at Northeastern State University. Caleb Long / Wikimedia Commons

One of two schools from Oklahoma in this conference, Northeastern State has an enrollment of around 8,000 students (7,000 of them undergraduates). Athletics at the school include five men's and five women's teams. Popular sports include football, basketball, golf, soccer, and softball.

  • Location: Tahlequah, Oklahoma
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 8,251 (7,020 undergraduates)
  • Team: River Hawks
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Northeastern State University profile

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Northwest Missouri State University
Northwest Missouri State University. Kbh3rd / Wikimedia Commons

With an acceptance rate of 75%, NMSU is somewhat selective--students with good grades and test scores have a good chance of being admitted. The school fields six men's and eight women's sports. Top choices include baseball, football, tennis, soccer, and track and field.

  • Location: Maryville, Missouri
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 6,593 (5,618 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bearcats
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Northwest Missouri State University profile

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Drum Corps International at the Pittsburg State Stadium
Drum Corps International at the Pittsburg State Stadium. KellyK / Flickr

Outside of the classroom, students can choose from over 150 student activities, including academic groups, performing arts ensembles, and recreational sports. In athletics, the Gorillas compete in five men's and five women's sports, with popular choices including basketball, football, softball, soccer, and track and field.

  • Location: Pittsburg, Kansas
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 7,244 (6,093 undergraduates)
  • Team: Gorillas
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Pittsburg State University profile

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Southwest Baptist University offers 13 undergraduate degrees in over 80 areas of study--top choices include business administration, education, ministry, and psychology. The school admits around 90% of applicants each year, making it generally accessible to those interested.

  • Location: Bolivar, Missouri
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 3,701 (2,967 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bearcats
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Southwest Baptist University profile

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Diemer Residence Hall at the University of Central Missouri
Diemer Residence Hall at the University of Central Missouri. Jo Naylor / Flickr

One of the largest schools in this conference, the University of Central Missouri was founded in 1871. In athletics, the school fields 16 sports, with top choices including track and field, football, basketball, cross country, bowling, and softball.

  • Location: Warrensburg, Missouri
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 14,395 (10,001 undergraduates)
  • Team: Mules & Jennies
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Central Missouri profile

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University of Central Oklahoma
University of Central Oklahoma. Wesley Fryer / Flickr

Established in 1890, the University of Central Oklahoma is the oldest college in the state. The school has a student / faculty ratio of 19 to, and students can major in over 100 areas of stud. Popular choices include accounting, business, nursing, public relations, and biology. UCO fields five men's and nine women's sports.

  • Location: Edmond, Oklahoma
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 16,910 (15,067 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bronchos
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Central Oklahoma profile

 

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Archway Monument in Kearney, NE
Archway Monument in Kearney, NE. Shelby Bell / Flickr

With an acceptance rate of 85%, UNK is a generally accessible to those who apply. The school fields eight men's and nine women's teams, with top choices including football, soccer, basketball, softball, and track and field. Located just two hours away from Omaha, the school is the only one from Nebraska in this conference.

  • Location: Kearney, Nebraska
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 6,747 (5,108 undergraduates)
  • Team: Lopers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Nebraska at Kearney profile

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Fountain at Washburn University
Fountain at Washburn University. Gooseinoz / Wikimedia Commons

Washburn University has an open admissions policy, and students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores in order to apply. In addition to the athletic programs at Washburn, students can join a range of clubs and organizations, including sororities and fraternities. 

  • Location: Topeka, Kansas
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 6,615 (5,793 undergraduates)
  • Team: Ichabods
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Washburn University profile