The Big Ten Conference
The Big Ten is the oldest collegiate athletic conference in Division I of the NCAA.1 It was founded in 1896 as the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives. Despite its name, it has had eleven members since 1990.
NOTES: The University of Chicago was a member from 1896 through 1946. It was founded in 1890 and has 13,885 students enrolled.
1. The oldest American collegiate athletic conference is Division III's Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, founded in 1888.
2. The University of Michigan left the conference in 1907, then rejoined in 1917.
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