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!