Tarleton State University joins the Lone Star Conference in welcoming eight new member institutions in NCAA Division II athletics competition, effective in Fall 2019.

The LSC Council of Presidents voted unanimously to offer full membership to current Heartland Conference members Arkansas-Fort Smith, Dallas Baptist University, Lubbock Christian University, Oklahoma Christian University, Rogers State University, St. Edward’s University, St. Mary’s University and Texas A&M International University.

“This is a great step forward for the LSC and a benefit to our student-athletes and our fans,” said Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio. “This has been many years in the making.”

With 19 members, LSC becomes the largest conference in NCAA Division II. Founded in 1931 as a five-member Texas-based conference, LSC now will have 13 Texas members, three in Oklahoma, two in New Mexico and one in Arkansas.

“These 19 institutions will represent the very best in Division II through a shared commitment to excellence in academics, athletics and student-athlete development,” said LSC Commissioner Jay Poerner.

The new additions have student enrollments ranging from 1,471 students to 6,823, with Texas A&M International second largest with 6,591 students. The schools compete in 10 to 15 Division II sports.

The LSC conducts conference championships in 17 sports. Men’s championships include football, cross-country, basketball, baseball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, golf and tennis. Women’s titles are determined in volleyball, soccer, cross-country, basketball, softball, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, tennis and golf.