The Summit League

Learn About the 9 Colleges in The Summit League

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The Summit League is a NCAA Division I athletic conference with members coming from a huge area: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah. The conference headquarters are located in Elmhurst, Illinois. Member institutions are all public universities with the exception of the University of Denver. The conference fields nine men's and ten women's sports.

Venderly Bridge over the St. Joseph River on the the IPFW Campus
Venderly Bridge over the St. Joseph River on the the IPFW Campus. cra1gll0yd / Flickr

IPFW has grown significantly since its founding in 1964, and today it is the largest university in northeastern Indiana. The 682-acre campus sits along the banks of the St. Joseph River. The majority of IPFU students come from Indiana, and the university serves the needs of students with other work commitments. About one-third of students are part-time. IPFU offers over 200 programs of study, and among undergraduates, business and elementary education are particularly popular.

  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 14,326 (13,608 undergraduates)
  • Team: Mastadons
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the IPFW profile.
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IUPUI
IUPUI. cogdogblog / Flickr

Since IUPUI first opened its doors in the late 1960s, it has grown into a large and well-regarded public university. In 2011 the university ranked highly in the U.S. News & World Report list of "up and coming" universities. The university offers more than 250 degree programs; among undergraduates, business and nursing are both extremely popular.

  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 30,530 (22,326 undergraduates)
  • Team: Jaguars
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the IUPUI profile.
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The NDSU Bison Bus
The NDSU Bison Bus. bsabarnowl / Flickr

NDSU's Fargo campus occupies 258 acres, but the university owns over 18,000 acres with its Agricultural Experiment Station and many research centers throughout the state. Undergraduates can choose from 102 bachelor's degree programs and 79 minors. Programs in business, engineering, and the health sciences are among the most popular. Academics are supported by an 18 to 1 student/faculty ratio.

  • Location: Fargo, North Dakota
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 14,399 (11,911 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bison
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the North Dakota State University profile.
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Oral Roberts University Prayer Tower
Oral Roberts University Prayer Tower. C Jill Reed / Flickr

Located on a 263-acre campus, Oral Roberts University is a private, Christ-centered university that takes pride in educating the whole person -- mind, body and spirit. The school offers over 100 majors and minors, and academics are supported by a healthy 13 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Majors in areas of religion, business, communications and nursing are among the most popular. Financial aid is strong with the great majority of students receiving significant grant aid.

  • Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • School type: Christian private university
  • Enrollment: 3,335 (2,782 undergraduates)
  • Team: Golden Eagles
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Oral Roberts University profile.
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DU, University of Denver
DU, University of Denver. CW221 / Wikimedia Commons

The University of Denver main campus is located about seven miles from downtown Denver, and students have easy access to both outdoor activities and an urban center. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, DU was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The majority of undergraduate students, however, are in pre-professional programs, and about half of graduating students major in some area of business.

  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 11,797 (5,453 undergraduates)
  • Team: Pioneers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Denver profile.
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Agricultural Heritage Museum at SDSU
Agricultural Heritage Museum at SDSU. Jake DeGroot / Wikimedia Commons

As the state's largest university, South Dakota State University offers its students the choice of 200 academic programs and a similar number of student organizations. Nursing and pharmaceutical sciences are particularly strong. SDSU represents an excellent educational value, even for out-of-state applicants, and any student who scores over a 23 ACT composite score is guaranteed scholarship funds for four years.

  • Location: Brookings, South Dakota
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 12,725 (11,143 undergraduates)
  • Team: Jackrabbits
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the South Dakota State profile.
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University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nebraska at Omaha. Beatmastermatt / Wikimedia Commons

A metropolitan research institution, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is located in Omaha, Nebraska, and is one part of the University of Nebraska system. New to Division I, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is only recently making their move into the Summit League, while their men's ice hockey team already at the Division I level in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

  • Location: Omaha, Nebraska
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 14,712 (11,964 undergraduate)
  • Team: Mavericks
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Nebraska at Omaha profile.
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University of South Dakota
University of South Dakota. Jerry7171 / Flickr

Founded in 1862, USD is the state's oldest university. Students can choose from 132 majors and minors supported by a 15 to 1 student/faculty ratio. High achieving students should look into the university's Honors Program for a more personalized and challenging undergraduate experience. Social life at USD is active with over 120 student clubs and organizations.

  • Location: Vermillion, South Dakota
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 9,970 (7,473 undergraduates)
  • Team: Coyotes
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of South Dakota profile.
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Western Illinois University
Western Illinois University. Robert Lawton / Wikimedia Commons

Western Illinois students come from 38 states and 65 countries. Undergraduates can choose from 66 majors, and fields in education, business, communication, and criminal justice are among the most popular. The university has a 16 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and over three-quarters of all classes have fewer than 30 students. Western Illinois has over 250 student organizations including 21 fraternities and 9 sororities.

  • Location: Macomb, Illinois
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 12,554 (10,520 undergraduates)
  • Team: Leathernecks
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Western Illinois University profile.
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