The University Athletic Association (UAA) is an American athletic conference that competes in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division III. Member teams are located in Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York. Due to the academic strength of its members colloquially, it has been called the "egghead eight." (The name "nerdy nine" was also used when Johns Hopkins was a member.)
The UAA is the only NCAA conference to have all of its member institutions affiliated with the Association of American Universities, a collection of 60 of the top research institutions in the United States, although the Big Ten Conference and Ivy League are close, with each having only one non-AAU member.
All of the universities listed above are founding members except Brandeis, which joined shortly before official competition began in October, 1987. Johns Hopkins University was a founding member, but no longer participates in the UAA.
- Johns Hopkins had dual athletic conference membership with the Centennial Conference from 1992-93 to 2000-01, then the Blue Jays left the UAA in order to fully align with the Centennial Conference.