Colonial States Athletic Conference

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Colonial States Athletic Conference
Colonial States Athletic Conference logo
DivisionDivision III
Members10 (11 in 2020)
Sports fielded
  • 17
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 9
Former namesPennsylvania Athletic Conference
HeadquartersRosemont, Pennsylvania
CommissionerAdrienne Mullikin (since March 2016)
Colonial States Athletic Conference locations

The Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) is an NCAA Division III collegiate athletic conference in the Mid-Atlantic United States. There are currently nine full member institutions as of 2018; the conference's membership, as with most Middle Atlantic conferences, was shaken as a result of the formation of the Landmark Conference and its ensuing domino effect. The conference, founded in 1992 as the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, changed its name in 2008.[1]

The CSAC experienced another shakeup in 2018 when five members departed the conference to join with two other institutions to form a new Division III conference[2][3] that eventually became the Atlantic East Conference.[4] In July 2018, the CSAC added two new members;[5] the conference added its 10th member on July 1, 2019[6] and will add an 11th member on July 1, 2020[7].

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Nickname
Bryn Athyn College Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania 1877 New Church 303 2018 Lions
Cairn University Langhorne, Pennsylvania 1913 Christian 2,200 2008[8] Highlanders
Cedar Crest College Allentown, Pennsylvania 1867 Christian 1,820 1992 Falcons
Centenary University Hackettstown, New Jersey 1867 Methodist 1,597 2007[9] Cyclones
Clarks Summit University Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania 1932 Baptist 1,142 2008 Defenders
College of Saint Elizabeth Morristown, New Jersey 1899 Catholic 1,200 2019 Eagles
Keystone College La Plume, Pennsylvania
1868 Private 1,600 2008[8] Giants
Notre Dame of Maryland University Baltimore, Maryland 1873 Catholic 3,824 2007[9] Gators
Rosemont College^ Rosemont, Pennsylvania 1922 Catholic 903 1992 Ravens
Wilson College^ Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 1869 Presbyterian (PCUSA) 1,098 2018 Phoenix

- Women's college, therefore not competing in men's sports
^ - Former women's college now-turned co-ed college (Rosemont since 2009-10, Wilson since 2013-14, St. Elizabeth since 2016-17)

Future members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joining Nickname
University of Valley Forge Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 1939 Assemblies of God 742 2020 Patriots

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname Current Conference
Alvernia University Reading, Pennsylvania 1958 Private 2,900 1992 2008 Crusaders MAC Commonwealth
Arcadia University Glenside, Pennsylvania 1853 Private 4,021 1992 2007 Knights MAC Commonwealth
(MAC Freedom in 2020)
Cabrini University Radnor, Pennsylvania 1957 Private 1,759 1992 2018 Cavaliers Atlantic East
DeSales University Center Valley, Pennsylvania 1965 Private 2,499 1993 1997 Bulldogs MAC Freedom
Eastern University St. Davids, Pennsylvania 1925 Private 5,235 1992 2008 Eagles MAC Freedom
(MAC Commonwealth in 2020)
Gwynedd Mercy University Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania 1948 Private 2,017 1992 2018 Griffins Atlantic East
Immaculata University Immaculata, Pennsylvania 1940 Private 1,043 1992 2018 Mighty Macs Atlantic East
Marywood University Scranton, Pennsylvania 1915 Private 2,470 1992 2018 Pacers Atlantic East
Misericordia University Dallas, Pennsylvania 1924 Private 2,355 1992 2008 Cougars MAC Freedom
Neumann University Aston, Pennsylvania 1965 Private 3,000 1992 2018 Knights Atlantic East
Wesley College Dover, Delaware 1873 Private 2,320 1997 2007 Wolverines Atlantic East

Current affiliate members[edit]

Franciscan's track teams will leave the CSAC after the 2018–19 school year as part of a transition to full membership in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC). Franciscan joined the PAC for men's and women's lacrosse in 2018, will add men's and women's track (indoor and outdoor) plus women's golf to its PAC membership in 2019, and will become a full PAC member in 2020–21.[10]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Nickname CSAC Sport
University of Valley Forge Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 1939 Private 1,130 2018–19 Patriots baseball
Kean University Union, New Jersey 1855 Public 13,000 2018–19 Cougars men's lacrosse
Montclair State University Montclair, New Jersey 1908 Public 16,852 2018–19 Red Hawks men's lacrosse
Stockton University Galloway, New Jersey 1969 Public 8,242 2018–19 Ospreys men's lacrosse
Lancaster Bible College Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1933 Private 1,499 2019–20 Chargers field hockey
Penn State Behrend Erie, Pennsylvania 1948 State-related 4,700 2015–16 Lions men's and women's outdoor track and field

Former affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Nickname CSAC Sport(s) Current Primary Conference Current Conference in Former CSAC Sport(s)
Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, Ohio 1946 Private 2,100 2015–16 2018–19 Barons men's and women's outdoor track and field AMCC
(Presidents' in 2020)
Shenandoah University Winchester, Virginia 1875 Private 1,767 2001–02 2011–12 Hornets men's lacrosse ODAC

Membership timeline[edit]

College of Saint ElizabethWilson College (Pennsylvania)Bryn Athyn CollegeKeystone CollegeClarks Summit UniversityCairn UniversityNotre Dame of Maryland UniversityCentenary College of New JerseyShenandoah UniversityWesley College (Delaware)DeSales UniversityNeumann UniversityRosemont CollegeMisericordia UniversityMarywood UniversityImmaculata UniversityGwynedd Mercy UniversityEastern University (United States)Cedar Crest CollegeCabrini UniversityArcadia UniversityAlvernia University


  • Adrienne J. Mullikin - commissioner
  • James Wagner - assistant commissioner


  1. ^ "Pennsylvania Athletic Conference announces new name; Rebranding effort". Colonial States Athletic Conference. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
  2. ^ "CSAC Announces Membership Changes for 2018-19" (Press release). Colonial States Athletic Conference. June 30, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  3. ^ "A new conference shuffle coming". June 6, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "Atlantic East has name, formal announcement". March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "CSAC Adds Two New Members for 2018-19" (Press release). Colonial States Athletic Conference. August 30, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "CSAC Adds New Member for 2019-20" (Press release). Colonial States Athletic Conference. March 21, 2018. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "CSAC Announces Addition of University of Valley Forge as 11th Core Member".
  8. ^ a b "PAC Adds Giants and Crimson Eagles" (PDF). Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
  9. ^ a b "Notre Dame, Centenary head to PAC". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
  10. ^ "PAC adds Franciscan as full member" (Press release). Presidents' Athletic Conference. April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2019.

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