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Colonial States Athletic Conference
Colonial States Athletic Conference
Colonial States Athletic Conference logo
DivisionDivision III
Sports fielded
  • 17
    • men's: 8
    • women's: 9
Former namesPennsylvania Athletic Conference
HeadquartersRosemont, Pennsylvania
CommissionerWags (since 2021)
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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 added an 11th member on July 1, 2020.[7]

Member schools

Current members

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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 United Methodist 1,597 2007[9] Cyclones
Clarks Summit University Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania 1932 Baptist 1,142 2008 Defenders
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
Saint Elizabeth University (formerly College of Saint Elizabeth)^ Morristown, New Jersey 1899 Catholic 1,200 2019 Eagles
University of Valley Forge Phoenixville, Pennsylvania 1939 Assemblies of God USA 742 2020 Patriots
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, Saint Elizabeth since 2016-17)

Former members

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 Freedom
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 Commonwealth
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

Institution Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Nickname Primary Conference CSAC Sport
Gallaudet University Washington, D.C. 1864 Private congressionally-chartered 1,138 2020-21 Bison NEAC men's and women's outdoor track and field
Lancaster Bible College Lancaster, Pennsylvania 1933 Private 1,499 2019-20 Chargers NEAC field hockey
Alfred State College Alfred, N.Y. 1908 State-related 3,737 2018-19 Pioneers AMCC men's and women's outdoor track and field
Kean University Union, New Jersey 1855 Public 13,000 2018-19 Cougars NJAC men's lacrosse
Montclair State University Montclair, New Jersey 1908 Public 16,852 2018-19 Red Hawks NJAC men's lacrosse
Stockton University Galloway, New Jersey 1969 Public 8,242 2018-19 Ospreys NJAC men's lacrosse
Penn State Behrend Erie, Pennsylvania 1948 State-related 4,700 2015-16 Lions AMCC men's and women's outdoor track and field

Former affiliate members

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 Presidents'
Shenandoah University Winchester, Virginia 1875 Private 1,767 2001-02 2011-12 Hornets men's lacrosse ODAC
Villa Julie College
(now known as Stevenson University)
Owings Mills, Maryland 1947 Private 2,708 2001-02 2005-06 Mustangs men's lacrosse MAC Commonwealth

Membership timeline

University of Valley ForgeCollege of Saint ElizabethWilson College (Pennsylvania)Bryn Athyn CollegeKeystone CollegeClarks Summit UniversityCairn UniversityNotre Dame of Maryland UniversityCentenary College of New JerseyShenandoah UniversityAtlantic East ConferenceCoast to Coast Athletic ConferenceWesley College (Delaware)MAC Freedom ConferenceMiddle Atlantic ConferencesDeSales UniversityAtlantic East ConferenceNeumann UniversityRosemont CollegeMAC Freedom ConferenceMisericordia UniversityAtlantic East ConferenceMarywood UniversityAtlantic East ConferenceImmaculata UniversityAtlantic East ConferenceGwynedd Mercy UniversityMAC Commonwealth ConferenceMAC Freedom ConferenceEastern University (United States)Cedar Crest CollegeAtlantic East ConferenceCabrini UniversityMAC Freedom ConferenceMAC Commonwealth ConferenceMAC Freedom ConferenceArcadia UniversityMAC Commonwealth ConferenceAlvernia University


  • Travis Spencer - Acting CSAC Commissioner[10]
  • James "Wags" Wagner - Assistant Commissioner


  1. ^ "Pennsylvania Athletic Conference announces new name; Rebranding effort". Colonial States Athletic Conference. Archived from the original on 2017-09-27. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "CSAC Announces Membership Changes for 2018-19" (Press release). Colonial States Athletic Conference. June 30, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ "A new conference shuffle coming". June 6, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Atlantic East has name, formal announcement". March 1, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "CSAC Adds Two New Members for 2018-19" (Press release). Colonial States Athletic Conference. August 30, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "CSAC Adds New Member for 2019-20" (Press release). Colonial States Athletic Conference. March 21, 2018. Retrieved 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 .
  9. ^ a b "Notre Dame, Centenary head to PAC". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved .
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