The Mountain Wester Conference otherwise known as MW is one of the collegiate athletic programmes associated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association or NCAA. MW is also part of the Football Bowl Subdivision which is the highest level of college football available and houses the majority of future NFL draft picks. As of 2018 FBS boast 10 conferences and 130 different schools participating.
Founded in 1999 the MW covers a large base of western America. Its member schools are located in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Its current membership is 10-strong with two additional affiliate members. The 10 core members are The United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, California State University in Fresno, Colorado State University, University of Nevada (Reno and Las Vegas), San Diego State University, San Jose State University, Utah State University and the University of Wyoming. The two affiliate members are Colorado College and University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Despite being known for its college football, MW actually boasts plenty other different sports including wrestling and boxing. In total the programme offers 18 sports, 10 of which are women’s and the remain eight are for men.
In its 21st year the MW continues to thrive for athletic and academic excellence. It has offered over 5000 students a first-class experience for the past 20 years. Long may it continue to do so, helping create the best athletes and academics in the country.