Schools in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association

A General View of CIAA 2016 Fan Fest at Charlotte Convention Center on February 27, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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The CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) was formed on the campus of Hampton Institute. At present, it's the nation's oldest historically black collegiate conference, with all 12 schools being predominantly and historically black. CIAA conference schools are primarily located in North Carolina, where eight of the 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.

Schools in the CIAA Conference

Bowie State University

www.bowiestate.edu
Bowie State is Maryland's oldest historically black university and is one of the ten oldest in the country. Notable alumni include Christa McAuliffe, Toni Braxton, and Gwendolyn T. Britt
Location: Baltimore, Md.
Established in 1865
Enrollment: 5,561
Mascot: Bulldog

Chowan University

www.chowan.edu
Chowan is the second-oldest Baptist school in North Carolina and was founded as Chowan Baptist Female Institute, a four-year women's college. Notable alumni include Nate McMillan, David Fulton, Mark Royals, and William Dalton.
Location: Murfreesboro, N.C.
Founded in 1848
Enrollment: 1,532
Mascot: Hawk

Elizabeth City State University 

www.ecsu.edu
Elizabeth City State University was founded to provide training for more teachers of primary grades. Parts of the campus are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Notable alumni include Larry Johnson Sr., Kenny Williams, Jethro Pugh, and Bobby Futrell.


Location: Elizabeth City, N.C.
Founded in 1891
Enrollment: 2,421
Mascot: Viking

Fayetteville State University

www.uncfsu.edu
Fayetteville State University is the second oldest state-supported school in North Carolina. Notable alumni include Jerry C. Johnson, Sylvester Ritter, Darrell Armstrong, and Jim Bibby.


Location: Fayetteville, N.C.
Founded in 1867
Enrollment: 5,930
Mascot: Bronco

Johnson C. Smith University

www.jcsu.edu
Johnson C. Smith University was established as Biddle Memorial Institute. Notable alumni include Trezzvant Anderson, Frederick C. Branch, Draff Young, and Edward R. Dudley.
Location: Charlotte, NC
Founded in 1867
Enrollment: 1,300
Mascot: Golden Bull

Lincoln University

www.lincoln.edu
Lincoln University was the United States' very first degree-granting historically black university. It was founded as a private university but became public in 1972. Notable alumni include Thurgood Marshall, Langston Hughes, Cab Calloway, Christian Fleetwood, and Clarence M. Mitchell Jr.
Location: Chester County, Pa.
Founded in 1854
Enrollment: 1,819
Mascot: Lion

Livingstone College

www.livingstone.edu
Livingstone College began as Zion Wesley Institute and was founded by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Church. Notable alumni include George Lincoln Blackwell, Ben Coates, Philip A. Payton Jr., and Solomon Carter Fuller.
Location: Salisbury, N.C.
Founded in 1879
Enrollment: 1,200
Mascot: Blue Bear

Saint Augustine's University

www.st-aug.edu
Saint Augustine's University was founded by prominent Episcopal clergy for the education of freed slaves. It was the United States' first historically black college to have its own commercial radio and television stations located on campus. 

Notable alumni include Luther Barnes, Hannah Diggs Atkins, Bessie, and Sadie Delany, and William McBryar.
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Founded in 1867
Enrollment: 1,500
Mascot: Falcon

Shaw University

www.shawu.edu
Shaw is known as "the mother of African-American colleges in North Carolina," and is the oldest HBCU in the South. Notable alumni include Gladys Knight, Richard Gene Arno, Shirley Caesar, James H. Young, and Angie Brooks.
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Founded in 1865
Enrollment: 1,999
Mascot: Bear

Virginia State University

www.vsu.edu
Virginia State University was America's first fully state-supported four-year institution of higher learning for black citizens. Notable alumni include Rashae Barnes, Herman Branson, Camilla Williams, and Larry Brooks.
Founded in 1882
Location: St Petersburg, Va.
Enrollment: 5,900
Mascot: Trojan

Virginia Union University

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Virginia Union University was founded to give the newly emancipated men an opportunity for education. Notable alumni include Simeon Booker, Walter Fauntroy, Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., Eugene Kinckle Jones, and Wyatt T Walker.
Founded in 1865
Location: Richmond, Va.
Enrollment: 1,700
Mascot: Panther

Winston-Salem State University

www.wssu.edu
Notable alumni include Cleo Hill, Monte Ross, Lorraine Morton, and Clarence "Jeep" Jones
Location: Winston-Salem, N.C.
Founded in 1892
Enrollment: 5,700
Mascot: Ram