The oldest Division I collegiate athletic league in the United States is the Big Ten Conference (stylized B1G, formerly the Western Conference and the Big Nine Conference). The conference originally had 10 colleges as members; today, there are 14 member institutions, 2 affiliate institutions, and 2 more are expected to join in 2024.
Big Ten Conference
It was set up before the NCAA, when it was first known as the Intercollegiate Conference of Academic Representatives, in 1896. Its headquarters are in Rosemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The football teams in the conference play in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, the highest level of NCAA competition in that sport. The conference competes in the NCAA Division I.
Big 10 Conference History
When the president of Purdue University, James H. Smart, and representatives from the Universities of Chicago, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern University, and Wisconsin met at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago in 1895 to establish guidelines for governing intercollegiate athletics, the BIG TEN CONFERENCE had already established itself as the foremost association of academic institutions in the nation almost a century earlier.
The “Intercollegiate Conference Athletic Association” was the name given to the league when it was formally incorporated in 1905. The majority of Big Ten members are prestigious flagship research colleges with substantial financial endowments and a strong reputation in academia.
Universities in the Big Ten are known for having large student populations; 12 of the 14 members have 30,000 or more pupils enrolled. More than 520,000 students are enrolled at Big Ten institutions overall, and there are 5.7 million active alumni.
Big Ten Conference Members
The following universities accepted invitations to join the Big Ten in the years indicated: Pennsylvania State University in 1990, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010, the University of Maryland, and Rutgers University in 2014. Despite the conference’s moniker, the Big Ten has expanded to fourteen members.
In 2012, Johns Hopkins University received an invitation to become an affiliate member of the Big Ten, competing in men’s lacrosse only. In women’s lacrosse, it was also approved as an affiliate member in 2015.
|Indiana University||Bloomington, IN||1820||1899||Public||48,514||Hoosiers||Crimson, Cream|
|University of Maryland||College Park, MD||1856||2014||Public||37,631||Terrapins||Red, Gold, White, Black|
|University of Michigan||Ann Arbor, MI||1817||1896||Public||43,625||Wolverines||Maize & Blue|
|Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||1855||1950||Public||50,085||Spartans||Green, White|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||1870||1912||Public||58,322||Buckeyes||Scarlet, Gray|
|Pennsylvania State University||University Park, PA||1855||1990||Public||45,518||Nittany
|Blue & White|
|University of Illinois
|1867||1896||Public||43,603||Fighting Illini||Orange, Blue|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||1847||1899||Public||31,387||Hawkeyes||Black, Gold|
|University of Minnesota||Saint Paul, MN||1851||1896||Public||51,147||Golden Gophers||Maroon, Gold|
|University of Nebraska–Lincoln||Lincoln, NE||1869||2011||Public||25,260||Cornhuskers||Scarlet, Cream|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||1851||1896||Private||21,000||Wildcats||Purple|
|Purdue University||West Lafayette, IN||1869||1896||Public||39,464||Boilermakers||Old Gold, Black|
|University of Wisconsin–Madison||Madison, WI||1848||1896||Public||43,193||Badgers||Badger red, White|
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore, MD||1876||2014||Private||Blue Jays||Columbia blue, Black||Men’s and Women’s lacrosse||Centennial Conference
NCAA Division III
|University of Chicago||Chicago, IL||1890||1896||1946||Private||5,027||Maroons||Maroon, White||University Athletic Association
(NCAA Division III)
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of Southern California (USC) announced intentions to leave the Pac-12 Conference on June 30, 2022, in order to become full members of the Big Ten Conference in 2024.
Big Ten Sports
14 men’s and 14 women’s NCAA-sanctioned sports have title competitions sponsored by the Big Ten Conference.
|Teams in Big Ten Conference competition|
|Swimming & diving||10||13|
|Track and field (indoor)||12||13|
|Track and field (outdoor)||13||13|
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