Cornell athletics and student apathy are often discussed hand in hand. The stands at most sporting events are usually filled only with other student athletes and a handful of parents or community members. That being said, Cornell is competitive in many sports, including basketball and wrestling. A member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a league of the NCAA Division III, Cornell maintains the oldest athletic rivalry west of the Mississippi with Coe College in Cedar Rapids.
Cornell provides opportunities for athletes of a wide variety of skill levels and abilities to participate in the sports they love. While many Cornell athletes excelled in their high school programs, they chose Cornell for academics and continue to participate in sports simply for the love of the game. OCAAT has its benefits in the sports arena, as well—with all classes done by 3 p.m. each day, practice and class rarely conflict.