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ACM Athletic Tournaments

A Tradition of Competition and Collaboration

The 14 ACM institutions compete on the NCAA Division III level as members of several different athletic conferences. The Athletic Directors of the ACM colleges are committed to collaboration in athletics by organizing an ongoing schedule of ACM tournaments.

ACM soccer teams will compete in alternating years, and volleyball teams will compete annually. Looking ahead, the volleyball tournament will be hosted by Colorado College in September 2017.

Lake Forest College hosted the 2016 ACM Soccer Showcase on September 9-11.

Athletic connections built over 90 years

Athletic ties among ACM member institutions stretch back to 1921, when six colleges — Beloit, Carleton, Coe, Cornell, Knox and Lawrence — formed the Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference and held the league's first competition in track and field.

By 1958, the conference had grown to include ten colleges, which joined together to create the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, thereby adding collaboration in academic areas to the connections they already had through sports.


Action during the 2016 ACM Soccer Showcase, which featured women's and men's teams from Coe College, Lake Forest College, Lawrence University, and Macalester College.


Read about collaboration among ACM Athletic Directors in an interview with Jackie Slaats, Athletic Director at Lake Forest College.


ACM athletic conferences

The 14 ACM institutions compete on the NCAA Division III level as members of several different athletic conferences, including:

Colorado College has the only two teams that compete at the NCAA Division I level: Men's ice hockey in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and women's soccer in Conference USA.

Varsity teams in selected sports at some ACM colleges compete in other athletic conferences or as independents.