Resources › For Students and Parents Mountain West Conference Learn About the 11 Universities in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference Share Flipboard Email Print For Students and Parents College Admissions Choosing A College College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated December 31, 2017 Begun in 1999, the Mountain West Conference is the youngest of the NCAA FBS Division I athletic conferences. Along with their athletic accomplishments, most MWC schools also excel in the classroom (the majority have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa). Admissions criteria vary widely, so be sure to click on the profile link to get average ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rates financial aid data and other info. Compare the Mountain West schools: SAT chart | ACT chart Explore other top conferences: ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac 12 | SEC Also be sure to visit the About.com guides for college football and basketball. Boise State University Boise State University. Edgar Zuniga Jr. / Flickr Boise State University is made up of seven colleges with the College of Business and Economics being the most popular among undergraduates. Outdoor lovers with enjoy the school's location -- forests, desert, lakes and rivers are all within a short drive, and students will find many opportunities for hiking, fishing, kayaking and skiing. Location: Boise, IdahoSchool type: PublicEnrollment: 23,854 (20,186 undergraduates)Team: BroncosGPA, SAT Score and ACT Score Graph for Boise StateFor admissions and financial data, see the Boise State Profile. Colorado State University Colorado State University. ecopolitologist / Flickr CSU has a stunning location at the base of the Rocky Mountains. High-achieving students should take a look at the university's Honors Program. Colorado State has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Location: Fort Collins, ColoradoSchool type: PublicEnrollment: 31,856 (25,177 undergraduates)Team: RamsGPA, SAT Score and ACT Score Graph for Colorado StateFor admissions and financial data, see the Colorado State University profile. Fresno State University Fresno State. Bobak / Wikimedia Commons Fresno State, one of the 23 Cal State schools, sits at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The school's well-respected Craig School of Business is popular among students, and Business Administration has the highest undergraduate enrollment of all majors. High achieving students should look into the Smittcamp Honors College which offers excellent scholarships. Location: Fresno, CaliforniaSchool type: PublicEnrollment: 24,405 (21,530 undergraduates)Team: BulldogsGPA, SAT Score and ACT Score Graph for Fresno StateFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Fresno State profile. San Diego State University San Diego State University. Allen Ferguson / Flickr Part of the California State University System, San Diego State University is the third largest university in California. The college ranks highly for study abroad, and SDSU students have a choice of 190 study abroad programs. SDSU has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Location: San Diego, CaliforniaSchool type: PublicEnrollment: 34,688 (29,860 undergraduates)Team: AztecsExplore the Campus: SDSU Photo TourGPA, SAT Score and ACT Score Graph for San Diego StateFor admissions and financial data, see the San Diego State University profile. San Jose State University San Jose State. roarofthefour / Flickr San Jose State University, one of the 23 Cal State schools, offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in 134 fields. Business administration is the most popular major among undergraduates, but communications studies, engineering and art are also strong. The school's Silicon Valley location provides many opportunities for students in technical and professional fields. Location: San Jose, CaliforniaSchool type: PublicEnrollment: 32,154 (26,432 undergraduates)Team: SpartansFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the San Jose State University profile. United States Air Force Academy United States Air Force Academy. GretchenKoenig / Flickr The USAFA is one of the 20 most selective colleges in the country. While all tuition and expenses are covered by the Academy, students do have a five-year active service requirement upon graduation. Location: Colorado Springs, ColoradoSchool type: Military AcademyEnrollment: 4,237 (all undergraduate)Team: FalconsGPA, SAT Score and ACT Score Graph for USAFAFor admissions and financial data, see the United States Air Force Academy profile. University of Nevada, Las Vegas UNLV. ericvaughn / Flickr Stunning desert and mountains surround the 350-acre main campus of UNLV, and the university has been undergoing rapid expansion since it first opened in 1957. UNLV has a diverse student population and an 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Location: Las Vegas, NevadaSchool type: PublicEnrollment: 29,702 (24,714 undergraduates)Team: RebelsFor admissions and financial data, see the UNLV profile. University of Nevada at Reno UNR - University of Nevada at Reno. Ed Bierman / Flickr UNR offers over 75 bachelor's degree programs. The university is made up of numerous schools and colleges. Business, journalism, biology, health sciences and engineering are all popular among undergraduates. The city of Reno sits in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and Lake Tahoe is just 45 minutes away. Location: Reno, NevadaSchool type: PublicEnrollment: 21,353 (18,191 undergraduates)Team: Wolf PackFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Nevada at Reno profile. University of New Mexico University of New Mexico. cjc4454 / Flickr UNM has an attractive pueblo-style campus in the heart of Albuquerque. In academics, Business is the most popular major, but the University of New Mexico's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned the school a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Location: Albuquerque, New MexicoSchool type: PublicEnrollment: 26,999 (21,023 undergraduates)Team: LobosFor admissions and financial data, see the University of New Mexico profile. University of Wyoming University of Wyoming. omnivoreceo / Flickr The University of Wyoming is the smallest of the state universities in the Mountain West Conference, and it is also the only Bachelor-degree granting university in Wyoming. Tuition is a bargain for both in-state and out-of-state students, and the school's academic strengths earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Location: Laramie, WyomingSchool type: PublicEnrollment: 12,366 (9,788 undergraduates)Team: Cowboys and CowgirlsFor admissions and financial data, see the University of Wyoming profile. Utah State University Utah State University. katieloupoo1 / Flickr Utah State University offers over 200 majors through its seven colleges. The university is located about 80 miles northeast of Salt Lake City. Lovers of the outdoors will appreciate the university's proximity to skiing, hiking, and boating opportunities. USU wins high marks for its educational value, and student life is active with over 250 clubs and organizations. Location: Logan, UtahSchool type: PublicEnrollment: 28,118 (24,838 undergraduates)Team: AggiesFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Utah State University profile.