About the Big Ten Conference's Athletic Programs

The Big Ten Conference is an association of 11 world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Intercollegiate athletics has an important place within the mission.

Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes' lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. Big Ten universities provide approximately $94 million in direct financial aid to more than 8,400 men and women student-athletes who compete for 25 championships, 12 for men and 13 for women. Conference institutions sponsor broad-based athletic programs with more than 270 teams.

  • Big Ten Universities are members of the nation's only conference whose constituency is entirely composed of institutions that are members of the AAU, a prestigious association of major academic and research institutions in the United States and Canada.
  • Big Ten Universities have more than four million living alumni and over 300,000 undergraduate students attending Big Ten universities.
  • Big Ten Universities house on their campuses 10 of the nation's 35 largest academic libraries. Collectively, conference libraries hold nearly 70 million bound volumes and the institutions work collaboratively to build and share their resources with other league members.
  • Over the past two years, the Big Ten has reached a series of milestone media agreements to provide the conference with its greatest television exposure ever, including extensions with CBS (for basketball) and ABC/ESPN (for football, basketball and volleyball) and the creation of the Big Ten Network, a national network devoted to Big Ten athletic and academic programs. The Big Ten Network will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is set to launch in August of 2007. It will showcase a wide array of sports as well as original programming produced by conference institutions and represents a 20-year partnership between the Big Ten and Fox. The conference's new media agreements will result in the broadcast of more than 500 events nationally and regionally beginning with the 2007-08 academic year, compared to 300 events in the final year of the previous agreements.
  • Since 1992, the Big Ten has created in excess of 2,000 new opportunities for women student-athletes and established 28 new women's teams.
  • The NCAA collects two types of graduation rates - the federal graduation rate, which accounts for all entering freshmen who receive aid and graduate within six years, and the Graduation Success Rate (GSR), which reflects the mobility of student-athletes by accounting for transfers. Based on the most recent federal graduation rate average for the 1996-99 entering freshmen classes, Big Ten student-athletes graduated at 71 percent. In comparison, the student body at conference institutions graduated at 73 percent while all Division I student-athletes graduated at 62 percent. The Big Ten's GSR was 82 percent compared to the Division I average of 77 percent.
  • The Big Ten recognized 2,018 Academic All-Big Ten honorees during the 2006-07 academic year, the highest total in the last decade. Over the past five years, the Conference has annually acknowledged more than 1,800 student-athletes as Academic All-Conference honorees.
  • The Big Ten claimed seven team national championships during the 2006-07 season, just one shy of the conference record of eight national titles established during the 1955-56 campaign, while also finishing as the runner-up in five other sports. The Big Ten has earned at least four national crowns in eight of the last 10 full seasons. Big Ten national champions in 2006-07 included Michigan State men's ice hockey, Minnesota wrestling, Northwestern women's lacrosse, Penn State fencing and men's gymnastics and Wisconsin women's ice hockey and men's indoor track and field. The conference has also produced team national crowns in the sports of basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, soccer, softball, synchronized swimming, tennis and volleyball over the last decade.
  • Big Ten Conference schools are among the national attendance leaders in football, men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball. During 2006-07, more than 8.7 million fans attended Big Ten home contests in those sports.

The Big Ten sponsors championships or tournaments in the following sports:

Men's Sports
Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Swimming & Diving
Tennis
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
Wrestling
Women's Sports
Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Rowing
Soccer
Softball
Swimming & Diving
Tennis
Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field
Volleyball

Big Ten National Team Titles
(in the last 10 years)

2006-07
Fencing (Penn State)
Men's Gymnastics (Penn State)
Men's Ice Hockey (Michigan State)
Women's Ice Hockey (Wisconsin)
Women's Lacrosse (Northwestern)
Men's Indoor Track and Field (Wisconsin)
Wrestling (Minnesota)

2005-06
Men's Cross Country (Wisconsin)
Men's Ice Hockey (Wisconsin)
Women's Ice Hockey (Wisconsin)
Women's Lacrosse (Northwestern)

2004-05
Men's Soccer (Indiana)
Women's Ice Hockey (Minnesota)
Women's Lacrosse (Northwestern)
Women's Softball (Michigan)

2003-04
Men's Soccer (Indiana)
Fencing (Ohio State)
Men's Gymnastics (Penn State)
Women's Ice Hockey (Minnesota)
Synchronized Swimming (Ohio State)

2002-03
Football (Ohio State)
Men's Ice Hockey (Minnesota)
Men's Tennis (Illinois)

2001-02
Field Hockey (Michigan)
Wrestling (Minnesota)
Men's Ice Hockey (Minnesota)
Fencing (Penn State)
Men's Golf (Minnesota)

2000-01
Men's Gymnastics (Ohio State)
Wrestling (Minnesota)

1999-00
Men's Soccer (Indiana)
Women's Volleyball (Penn State)
Wrestling (Iowa)
Men's Basketball (Michigan State)
Fencing (Penn State)
Men's Gymnastics (Penn State)

1998-99
Women's Basketball (Purdue)
Fencing (Penn State)
Men's Gymnastics (Michigan)
Men's Soccer (Indiana)
Wrestling (Iowa)

1997-98
Football (Michigan)
Ice Hockey (Michigan)
Fencing (Penn State)
Wrestling (Iowa)

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