Resources › For Students and Parents Western Athletic Conference An Overview of the 10 WAC Universities Share Flipboard Email Print For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College 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 March 07, 2017 The Western Athletic Conference is made up of a group of eight colleges spanning a huge part of the country, from Louisiana to Texas. Admissions criteria vary widely, so be sure to click on the profile link to get more data. Compare the Western Athletic Conference 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. California State University, Bakersfield Cal State Bakersfield. Eixo / Wikimedia Commons Cal State Bakersfield is located on a 375-acre campus in the San Joaquin Valley, midway between Fresno and Los Angeles. The university offers 31 bachelor's degree programs and 17 graduate degree programs. Among undergraduates, business administration and the liberal arts and sciences are the most popular majors. Location: Bakersfield, California Enrollment: 9,228 (8,108 undergraduates) School type: public university Team: RoadrunnersFor data on costs, financial aid, acceptance rates and more, read the Cal State Bakersfield profile. Chicago State University Chicago State University. Zol87 / Flickr Chicago State University is located in the south side of Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1867 as a teacher training school housed in a leaky railroad car, today Chicago State is a mid-sized master's-level university. Undergraduates can chose from 36 bachelor's degree programs. At the graduate level, the university offers 22 master's and two doctoral degree programs. Among undergraduates, psychology and professional fields such as business, nursing, education, and criminal justice are all popular. Location: Chicago, Illinois Enrollment: 4,767 (3,462 undergraduates) School type: public university Team: CougarsFor data on costs, financial aid, acceptance rates and more, read the Chicago State University profile. Grand Canyon University Phoenix, Arizona. Melikamp / Wikimedia Commons Since 1949, Grand Canyon University has offered both traditional and online classes from its campus in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. The for-profit, Christian university supports nearly 70,000 students, well over half of them undergraduates. Grand Canyon University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, and they are very proud of their highly praised College of Nursing and Health Care Professions. Location: Phoenix, Arizona Enrollment: 69,444 (43,295 undergraduates) School type: Private, for-profit Team: AntelopesFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Grand Canyon University profile. New Mexico State University NMSU - New Mexico State University. Zereshk / Wikimedia Commons NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution for its efforts educating first-generation Hispanic students. Students come from 50 states and 85 countries. The university has an 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio and the only Honors College in New Mexico. Education, health and business fields are all popular among undergraduates. Location: Las Cruces, New Mexico School type: Public Enrollment: 15,490 (12,526 undergraduates) Team: AggiesFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the New Mexico State University profile. Seattle University Seattle University. Christine Salek / Flickr Located on a 48-acre campus in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Seattle University is a private Jesuit university that has 61 undergraduate and 31 graduate programs. The university has an interesting 15-course core curriculum that culminates in students applying their education to contemporary social problems. Academics are supported by a healthy 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Seattle University has recently moved from Division II into Division I. Location: Seattle, Washington School type: Private Enrollment: 7,405 (4,602 undergraduates Team: RedhawksFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Seattle University profile. University of Missouri–Kansas City Epperson House at UMKC. Epperson House at UMKC UMKC students come from 50 states and 80 countries. Students can choose from over 120 degree programs, and professional fields in business, nursing and communications are among the most popular with undergraduates. The school has a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio, an impressive statistic for a public university. The average class size is 27. Location: Kansas City, Missouri School type: public universtiy Enrollment: 16,695 (11,243 undergraduates) Team: Kangaroos ("Roos") For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the UMKC profile. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley UTPA Computer Center after a rare snowfall. Anne Toal / Flickr Located in Edinburg, a city on the southernmost tip of Texas, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) sits just ten miles from the border with Mexico. The university is among the top in the country for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students, and the school has also ranked highly on the Forbes list of best public universities. Undergraduates can choose from 57 degree programs, and popular majors span a wide range of fields in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and professional areas. Location: Edinburg, Texas School type: public universtiy Enrollment: 28,584 (24,547 undergraduates) Team: BroncsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Utah Valley University Utah Valley University. Rainer Ebert / Flickr Utah Valley University is a rapidly growing public institution located in Orem, Utah, just north of Provo. Salt Lake City is less than an hour away to the north, and skiing, hiking, and boating are all nearby. Utah Valley University has a 22 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students can choose from roughly 60 bachelor degree programs. Psychology, business, and education are all popular, and the university also has an excellent flight school. Location: Orem, Utah School type: public universtiy Enrollment: 33,211 (33,026 undergraduates) Team: BroncsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Utah Valley University profile.