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Schools in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

A List of Colleges and Universities in the CIAA


The CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) was formed on the campus of Hampton Institute. It's currently the nation's oldest historically black conference, as all 12 schools are predominantly and historically black schools. Conference schools are primarily located in North Carolina, where eight of the CIAA colleges are based. Virginia holds two schools in the CIAA, and Maryland and Pennsylvania each have one. The CIAA's annual basketball tournament has been hosted in Charlotte since 2008, where it routinely draws over 150,000 visitors, and is a highlight of the year for many local sports fans.

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Bowie State University
Baltimore, Md.
Established in 1865
Enrollment: 4,500
Mascot: Bulldog

Chowan University
Murfreesboro, N.C.
Founded in 1848
Enrollment: 1,300
Mascot: Hawk

Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, N.C.
Founded in 1891
Enrollment: 2,800
Mascot: Viking

Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, N.C.
Founded in 1867
Enrollment: 5,200
Mascot: Bronco

Johnson C. Smith University
Charlotte, NC
Founded in 1867
Enrollment: 1,500
Mascot: Golden Bull

Lincoln University
Chester County, Pa.
Founded in 1854
Enrollment: 2,300
Mascot: Lion

Livingstone College
Salisbury, N.C.
Founded in 1879
Enrollment: 1,200
Mascot: Blue Bear

Saint Augustine's College
Raleigh, N.C.
Founded in 1867
Enrollment: 1,500
Mascot: Falcon

Shaw University
Raleigh, N.C.
Founded in 1865
Enrollment: 2,200
Mascot: Bear

Virginia State University
Founded in 1882
St Petersburg, Va.
Enrollment: 5,900
Mascot: Trojan

Virginia Union University
Founded in 1865
Richmond, Va.
Enrollment: 1,700
Mascot: Panther

Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Founded in 1892
Enrollment: 5,700
Mascot: Ram

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