IUPUI’s athletics programs will have a new home next month. The university has announced it has received approval to join the Horizon League and will begin competing in the league in the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Horizon League Board of Directors unanimously approved IUPUI’s application for membership to the league. The university had previously been a part of the Summit League.
"Since the moment IUPUI began playing NCAA Division I sports 19 years ago, we have welcomed the spirit of competition and camaraderie from our Summit League opponents," said IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar. "The Horizon League will offer our student-athletes new opportunities for competition and will help our campus strengthen the sense of community that grows out of the very best athletic contests and that plays such an important role in fostering student success, one of our campus’s strategic priorities."
The addition of IUPUI fills a hole left by Valparaiso University, which announced last month it was leaving the Horizon League to play in the Missouri Valley Conference. Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone says he is excited for IUPUI to join their ranks.
"The Jaguars bring us tremendous competitive potential, particularly in men’s basketball, along with an engaged and energized city," said LeCrone. "Their addition solidifies our broad community partnerships in Indianapolis. IUPUI is the right school at the right time."
IUPUI will officially join the league July 1.