Mountain West Conference

Learn About the 11 Universities in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference

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.

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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. 

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.

Fresno State
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.

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.

San Jose State
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.

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.

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, Nevada
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 29,702 (24,714 undergraduates)
  • Team: Rebels
  • For admissions and financial data, see the UNLV profile.
UNR - 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.

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 Mexico
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 26,999 (21,023 undergraduates)
  • Team: Lobos
  • For 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, Wyoming
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 12,366 (9,788 undergraduates)
  • Team: Cowboys and Cowgirls
  • For 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, Utah
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: 28,118 (24,838 undergraduates)
  • Team: Aggies
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Utah State University profile.