Mid-American Conference

The 12 Member Universities in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference

The Mid-American Conference is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and most members are from the Great Lakes region. All members are public universities, and the schools have notable academic programs to complement their NCAA Division I athletics. Admissions criteria vary widely -- click on the profile link to get average ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rates and financial aid information.

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University of Akron
University of Akron. Trever Fischer / Flickr

Located on 222 acres in metropolitan Akron, the University of Akron has many strengths in engineering and business. The university recently completed a major project of expanding and upgrading campus facilities.

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Ball State

Ball State University
Ball State University. mandy pantz / Flickr

Located about an hour from Indianapolis, Ball State University has many popular preprofessional programs in fields such as business, education, communications, and nursing. The Communications and Media Building is named after the school's most famous alumnus, David Letterman.

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Bowling Green

BGSU, Bowling Green State University
BGSU, Bowling Green State University. Bhockey10 / Wikimedia Commons

Located a half hour south of Toledo, Ohio, Bowling Green State University has strengths in many academic areas including business, education, and popular culture studies. Strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned BGSU a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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University at Buffalo, Abbott Hall
University at Buffalo, Abbott Hall. Kiaraho / Wikimedia Commons

The University at Buffalo is the largest member of the State University of New York system. It's strengths in research earned it membership into the Association of American Universities.

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Central Michigan

Central Michigan University Cheerleaders
Central Michigan University Cheerleaders. Terry Johnston / Flickr

Central Michigan University offers some notable programs including microscopy and meteorology, and the school can boast of the country's first accredited athletic training program and the country's largest leisure studies program.

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Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan Football
Eastern Michigan Football. sandranahdar / Flickr

Eastern Michigan has some well-regarded programs in business, forensics and education, and the university also wins high marks for its African-American graduation numbers. Students participate in over 340 clubs and organizations.

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Kent State

Kent State University
Kent State University. marquis / Flickr

Kent State can boast of a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, but business administration, nursing and psychology are the most popular undergraduate majors.

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Miami OH

Miami University in Oxford
Miami University in Oxford. ellievanhoutte / Flickr

Founded in 1809, Miami University is one of the oldest public universities in the country. The school does well in national rankings of public universities, and its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University. Birdfreak / Flickr

Northern Illinois University is located 65 miles from downtown Chicago, and it is the second largest university in Illinois. The business program is both popular and well regarded. High achieving students should look into the Honors Program.

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Ohio University Stocker Center
Ohio University Stocker Center. mbeldyk / flickr

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public university in Ohio and one of the oldest in the country. The Scripps College of Communication wins high marks for its quality, and its programs are extremely popular among undergraduates.

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University of Toledo
University of Toledo. jrossol / Flickr

Since its merger with the Medical University of Ohio, Toledo's programs in the health sciences have really taken off. The university also wins high marks for its diversity, and it ranks among the best colleges for African-American students.

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Western Michigan

Western Michigan University Library
Western Michigan University Library. Michigan Municipal League / Flickr

Western Michigan University frequently ranks among the top 100 public universities in the country. Business is the most popular undergraduate field, but for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Western Michigan University was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.