University Athletic Association

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University Athletic Association
University Athletic Association logo
Established 1986
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 8
Sports fielded 22 (men's: 12; women's: 10)
Region Eastern United States
Headquarters Pittsford, New York
Commissioner Dick Rasmussen (since 1987)
University Athletic Association locations

The University Athletic Association (UAA) is an American athletic conference that competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division III. Member teams are located in Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York. Due to the academic strength of its members, colloquially it has been called the "egghead eight." (The name "nerdy nine" was also used when Johns Hopkins was a member.)


The UAA is the only NCAA conference to have all of its member institutions affiliated with the Association of American Universities, a collection of 60 of the top research institutions in the United States, although the Big Ten Conference and Ivy League are close, with each having only one non-AAU member, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Dartmouth College, respectively.[1] Further, all of the UAA members are ranked in the top 40 of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges Rankings.

Member schools

Current members

Institution Location Founded Type Undergraduate
Nickname School
USNWR National University Ranking Endowment Joined
Brandeis University Waltham, Massachusetts 1948 Private 3,588 5,788 Judges           34 $861,000,000 1987
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1900 Private 6,178 10,875 Tartans           25 $1,371,365,000 1986
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio 1826 Private 4,661 10,325 Spartans                37 $1,760,000,000 1986
Emory University Atlanta, Georgia 1836 Private 7,441 12,755 Eagles           21 $6,700,000,000 1986
New York University New York, New York 1831 Private 21,638 42,189 Violets           32 $2,949,000,000 1986
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1890 Private 5,134 14,788 Maroons           4 $6,668,974,000 1986
University of Rochester Rochester, New York 1850 Private 5,643 9,735 Yellowjackets           33 $2,130,829,000 1986
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1853 Private 5,997 13,527 Bears          [2] 14 $5,651,860,000 1986

All of the universities listed above are founding members except Brandeis, which joined shortly before official competition began in October, 1987.[3] Johns Hopkins University was a founding member, but no longer participates in the UAA.

Former member

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname School Colors Current Conference
Johns Hopkins University* Baltimore, Maryland 1876 Private 19,758 1986 2001 Blue Jays           Centennial

* - Johns Hopkins had dual athletic conference membership with the Centennial Conference from 1992-93 to 2000-01, then the Blue Jays left the UAA in order to fully align with the Centennial Conference.

Membership timeline

Conference facilities

School Football stadium Capacity Basketball arenas Capacity Baseball stadium Capacity Soccer stadium Capacity
Brandeis Non-Football School N/A Auerbach Arena 2,500 Stein Diamond 500 Gordon Field 1,000
Carnegie Mellon† Gesling Stadium 3,900 Skibo Gymnasium 1,500 Non-Baseball School N/A Gesling Stadium 3,900
Case Western Reserve† DiSanto Field 2,500 Horsburgh Gym 1,200 Nobby's Ballpark 500 DiSanto Field 2,500
Emory Non-Football School N/A Woodruff P.E. Center 2,000 Chappell Park (baseball); George F. Cooper, Jr. Field (softball) Woodruff P.E. Center
New York Non-Football School N/A Coles Sports Center 1,900 MCU Park (Home of the Brooklyn Cyclones) 7,500 Gaelic Park 2,000
Chicago Stagg Field 1,650 Gerald Ratner Athletics Center 1,900 J. Kyle Anderson Field Stagg Field 1,650
Rochester* Fauver Stadium 5,000 Louis Alexander Palestra 1,889 Towers Field Fauver Stadium 5,000
Washington University Francis Field 3,300 Field House 3,000 Kelly Field Francis Field 3,300

*Rochester competes in the Liberty League in football as well as numerous other sports.
†Since 2014, both Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon are associate members of the PAC for football.


The UAA sanctions competition in the following sports:

* Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon will be affiliate members of the PAC in football by 2014. Chicago and Washington will be affiliate members of the SAA in football by 2015, meaning that the UAA will cease sponsoring football.

Football champions

Year Champion(s) Conference
1990 Carnegie Mellon 4-0
1991 Carnegie Mellon 4-0
1992 Rochester 4-0
1993 Carnegie Mellon 4-0
1994 Carnegie Mellon and Washington University 3-1
1995 Carnegie Mellon and Washington University 3-1
1996 Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve and Washington University 3-1
1997 Carnegie Mellon 4-0
1998 Chicago 4-0
1999 Washington University 4-0
2000 Chicago 4-0
2001 Washington University 4-0
2002 Washington University 4-0
2003 Washington University 3-0
2004 Washington University 3-0
2005 Chicago 3-0
2006 Carnegie Mellon 3-0
2007 Case Western Reserve 3-0
2008 Case Western Reserve 3-0
2009 Case Western Reserve 3-0
2010 Chicago 3-0
2011 Case Western Reserve 3-0
2012 Washington University 3-0
2013 Washington University 3-0
2014 Chicago 3-0
2015 Washington University and Carnegie Mellon 2-1


  1. Bowen, William G.; Levin, Sarah A. (2011). Reclaiming the Game: College Sports and Educational Values. Princeton University Press. p. 32. ISBN 9781400840700.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Washington University in St. Louis New Logotype" (PDF). Washington University in St. Louis: University Libraries.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "About the UAA (through Oct. 17, 2011)". University Athletic Association. Retrieved 2011-10-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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