The Mountain West Conference (abbreviated as either "MW" or "MWC") is a group of colleges and universities in the Western United States, who play NCAA Division I sports against one another. In football, the MW plays in the top-level Division I FBS.
The league was formed in 1999 when eight schools split from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Most of the original members had been members of the WAC before it grew from 10 schools to 16 in 1996.
Due to a major realignment of Division I conferences, the MW and Conference USA announced plans to merge into one conference, possibly for the 2013–14 school year. However, because of money issues, the conferences backed away from a full merger. They planned to form an alliance for scheduling and television purposes. After both conferences added more schools, they backed out of the planned alliance.
Current members[change | change source]
Eleven schools are "full members", meaning that they play almost all of their sports in the MW.
|United States Air Force Academy
|Colorado Springs, Colorado||Federal||1999||Falcons|
|Boise State University||Boise, Idaho||Public||2011||Broncos|
|California State University, Fresno
|Colorado State University||Fort Collins, Colorado||Public||1999||Rams|
|University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada)||Reno, Nevada||Public||2012||Wolf Pack|
|University of New Mexico||Albuquerque, New Mexico||Public||1999||Lobos|
|San Diego State University||San Diego, California||Public||1999||Aztecs|
|San Jose State University||San Jose, California||Public||2013||Spartans|
|University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)||Las Vegas, Nevada||Public||1999||Rebels|
|Utah State University||Logan, Utah||Public||2013||Aggies|
|University of Wyoming||Laramie, Wyoming||Public||1999||Cowboys &|
Associate members[change | change source]
Two schools are "associate members", meaning that they play in the MW in some sports while playing most other sports in another league. Both schools play only one sport in the MW.
|School||Location||Type||Joined MW||MW Sport||Nickname||Main Conference|
|University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
|Honolulu, Hawaii||Public||2012||Football||Rainbow Warriors||Big West Conference|
|Colorado College||Colorado Springs, Colorado||Private||2014||Women's soccer||Tigers||Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference|
(NCAA Division III)
Former members[change | change source]
Two of the MW's first members, plus one school that joined later, are no longer in the conference.
|School||Location||Type||Joined MW||Left MW||Nickname||Current Conference|
|Brigham Young University
|Provo, Utah||Private||1999||2011||Cougars||West Coast Conference[a 1]|
(Big 12 Conference in 2023)
|Texas Christian University
|Fort Worth, Texas||Private||2005||2012||Horned Frogs||Big 12 Conference|
|University of Utah||Salt Lake City, Utah||Public||1999||2011||Utes||Pacific-12 Conference|
- BYU's football team is a Division I FBS independent (not in any conference) through the 2022 football season. After the 2022–23 school year, BYU will move its entire athletic program to the Big 12 Conference.
References[change | change source]
- "Mountain West Conference". themw.com. Retrieved 2014-07-03.