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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't play any club or varsity sports at the university- I thought about trying out for the volleyball team but I thought the workload would be too much to play a sport (I was right). Sports are not a big part of campus life; this does not bother me at all, personally I don't think universities and colleges should have varsity sports as it distracts from academic programs. The gym that I use for working at our school is awful, and everyone thinks so. It is, however, not a big issue.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a cheerleader, of course I'm going to have a lot of school spirit. I love my school and am very involved in the sports on campus. My cheer team is not considered a sport so we aren't as held as high of standard as we all would like. But we do get to cheer for whatever teams we want. We cheer for the typical varsity sports (Men's Basketball and Football) as well as the not so usual like Women's basketball as well as club sports, like rugby.

I think the amount of fans we have at every game is awesome and every student is very involved with supporting all teams.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Our school really isn't a big athletics college. We're top in the equestrian world but pretty low on the totem pole in all of our other sports. However, there is a lot of team spirit at our school and a great athletic trainer's major.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: even though we have a competitive athletic teams the facilities are extremely poor.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not on a sports team in Alfred, however, I do use the gym a fair amount and I find that it is adequate for my needs to stay in shape during the year, if the hills on campus don't already help with that.

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Team sports take on an interesting dimension at Alfred, one that emphasizes the individual. Here, sports seem to be more about participation than competition. Attendance at sporting events varies depending on the day. As the University sees increased and more diverse enrollment, however, team sports are improving. An estimated one in five undergrads takes part in the 21 NCAA Division III varsity sports, and half of students play either intramural or club sports.

The Saxons' varsity sports teams compete as members of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference, which competes against Elmira College, Hartwick College, Ithaca College, Nazareth College, Stevens Institute of Technology, St. John Fisher College, and Utica College. The men's swim team often blows away other teams in division championships, and the ski and equestrian programs are nationally ranked. The soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and softball teams usually advance to the NCAA Division III championships, and then, well, getting there is half the battle!

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Empire Eight
Basketball: Empire Eight
School Colors
Purple and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
330 - 36%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
199 - 22%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Baseball (men's)
  • Biking
  • Boxing
  • Cheerleading
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey (women's)
  • Hockey
  • Outdoor club
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Yoga
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center
  • Jericho Hill Fields
  • McLane Center
  • Merrill Field
  • Swain Ski and Snowboard Center
  • Tennis courts
  • Tucker Field
Most Popular Sports
Football is by far the most supported sport on campus.
Most Overlooked Teams
The club baseball team has been trying to go varsity for a few years, but has so far been unable to get the money from the University.
Best Place to Take a Walk
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Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 45 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 33% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 58% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 7% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 44 responses

  • 18% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 32% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 48% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 44 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 52% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 34% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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