|Frontier Conference logo|
|Members||11 (8 full, 3 associate)|
|Sports fielded||16 (men's: 8; women's: 8)|
Western United States|
Region I of the NAIA
|Frontier Conference locations|
The Frontier Conference is a college athletic conference, founded in 1935 and affiliated with the NAIA. Member institutions are located in the northwestern United States, in the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Utah.
The Montana Collegiate Conference was established in 1920 by the four smaller schools (Billings Poly, Carroll, Montana School of Mines, Western Montana) in the state, with Eastern Montana and Northern Montana joining once they had established athletics. The conference reestablished itself under its current moniker in 1935, containing the same six schools until 1974. Great Falls joined that year, however would only stay for a decade. Eastern Montana (now MSU-Billings) left for the first incarnation of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 1988, leaving the Frontier at five members for another decade. The conference opened up outside of Montana for the first time in 1998, with schools from Idaho (Lewis-Clark State) and Utah (Westminster) joining. Great Falls rejoined in 1999.
The Frontier Conference has 5 full members with football, 3 full members without football, and 3 football-only affiliate members. Lewis–Clark State College, Great Falls, and Westminster College do not play football. College of Idaho, Eastern Oregon, and Southern Oregon are the football-only affiliates. Dickinson State joined from the defunct Dakota Athletic Conference in 2012, but announced it will leave for the North Star Athletic Association in 2014.
|Carroll College||Helena, Montana||1909||1,502||Fighting Saints||1938|
|University of Great Falls||Great Falls, Montana||1932||800||Argonauts||1974;|
|Lewis–Clark State College||Lewiston, Idaho||1893||4,500|| Warriors
|Montana State University–Northern||Havre, Montana||1929||1,207||Lights
|Montana Tech of the University of Montana||Butte, Montana||1889||2,694||Orediggers||1935|
|University of Montana Western||Dillon, Montana||1893||1,336||Bulldogs||1935|
|Rocky Mountain College||Billings, Montana||1878||894||Battlin' Bears||1935|
|Westminster College||Salt Lake City, Utah||1875||2,168||Griffins||1998|
- Great Falls — left the Frontier in 1984, and re-joined in 1999.
|Eastern Oregon University||La Grande, Oregon||1929||3,743||Mountaineers||2008||football||Cascade|
|College of Idaho||Caldwell, Idaho||1891||1,010||Coyotes||2014||football||Cascade|
|Southern Oregon University||Ashland, Oregon||1872||5,696||Raiders||2012||football||Cascade|
|Dickinson State University||Dickinson, North Dakota||1918||Blue Hawks||2012||2014||North Star|
|Eastern Montana College||Billings, Montana||1927||Yellowjackets||1937||1988||Great Northwest|
- Eastern Montana College — school name reflects that used during conference membership, now known as Montana State University Billings.
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The Frontier Conference sponsors athletic competition in men's and women's basketball, men's football, golf, and women's volleyball. Dickinson State University, Montana State University-Northern and University of Great Falls are participants in wrestling (all are national powers). University of Great Falls, College of Idaho, Southern Oregon University, and Westminster College are participants in men's lacrosse.
Baseball (The Frontier Conference does not sponsor baseball, but conference member Lewis-Clark State has an outstanding record in the sport)
Lewis-Clark State has won the national title 16 times: 1984-85, 1987-1992 (six straight), 1996, 1999-2000, 2002-03, 2006-08.
They were runners-up in 1976, 1982-83, 1986, 2001, 2013 and 2014.
Rocky Mountain won the national title in men's basketball, NAIA Division I, in 2009.
Montana State-Northern won the national title in women's basketball, NAIA Division II, in 1993.
Carroll reached the semi-finals in men's basketball in 2005, as did Lewis-Clark State in women's basketball in 2001.
Carroll has won the NAIA national championship six times: four straight, from 2002-05, also in 2007 and 2010, and has been runner-up twice.
Montana Tech was the national runner-up in 1996.
Montana State-Northern has won six wrestling titles: 1991, 1992, 1998-2000, 2004, and was runner-up in 1990,1993, and 2002.
Montana-Western was co-champion in 1994.
IN 2014, the University of Great Falls was second and Montana State-Northern took third at the NAIA national wrestling championship.