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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I have heard many great things. I am a single mom and don't have the time to go and watch them.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The fan support for athletics, especially for women's and men's ice hockey, is really great. We have really great school spirit and athletes are highly regarded. There is a large percentage of athletes at Elmira, and the rest of the students usually attend at least some athletic events. Home hockey games are usually packed and I have yet to meet another student who hasn't attended a game. One of the biggest negatives is that the main athletic facilities are located about a 20-minute drive from campus. There is an okay gym and cardio room on campus, but they aren't great.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: As a women's hockey player the fan support here is better than most!

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Besides intramural softball, the program is poorly organized and attended. There are a good number of student athletes, but the contests are not well attended. Women's Ice Hockey is nationally ranked.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Elmira College is very involved in sports. As a college with huge school spirit in general, everyone is pretty involved in the sports scene. That's not to say that everyone plays sports, but we are all pretty supportive and games are widely attended. Hockey is our main sport and most of the school goes to see their games, as does the city, which is really nice. The facilities are nice, and there is talk of renovating various aspects of our sport facilities. During third term there are always intramural softball games that most of the student body participates in. Students create teams and a roster is set up and every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday games are played. It's fun to watch, cheer your friends on, and sit in the sun. Overall, the athletics at Elmira are pretty great.


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Even with the school's small size, there is a great deal of variety in the field of athletics at Elmira College. Many students participate in the athletic program, whether it be varsity, junior varsity, or intramural sports. The Elmira College men's and women's hockey teams are nationally ranked, and a great deal of pride comes from the success of these teams. Hockey games take place at the Murray Athletic Center, which is located off campus, but the College usually provides shuttle transportation so students can cheer on their friends and classmates. In terms of intramural sports, for a lot of students, it's their favorite part of the EC athletics program. Softball during Term III is one of the most well-loved student traditions. Team rosters are easily available at the Campus Center Information Desk, and nothing beats lounging out on Carnegie lawn, cheering on the teams. Competition during intramural season is not taken lightly; there is a very strong sense of pride when it comes to the volleyball, basketball, or softball championships.

Other sports that draw a crowd are men's and women's basketball, lacrosse, and men's volleyball teams. In order to bring students out for the season, the athletics department hosts "Hoops Hysteria" in the fall to showcase the men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the EC cheerleading team and Danceline, the school's dance team. Every year before heading to Nationals, the cheerleading team performs its routine for the school, which brings out big numbers. Often, there are raffles, prizes, and mini-games that students can participate in during athletic events, which keep the crowd involved during halftime.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Empire Eight
School Colors
Purple and gold
School Nickname
Soaring Eagles
Men Playing Varsity Sports
120 - 39%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
150 - 18%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Aerobics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bocce
  • Bowling
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Penguin relay
  • Pumpkin run
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Spring flight
  • Tennis
  • Turkey trot
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Campus Field
  • Murray Athletic Center
  • Speidel Gymnasium
Most Popular Sports
Ice hockey is Elmira College's premier sport. The men's team frequently visits the Frozen Four, with many other championships under its belt. The women's team is also popular and competitive. All hockey games take place at the Murray Athletic Center, which is located off campus. The College provides a shuttle for students during big games.
Most Overlooked Teams
Some of the overlooked teams include many outdoor sports, like lacrosse and field hockey.
School Spirit
Elmira College students are very intense when it comes to school spirit. Many events at the College are built on the concept. Students often organize in groups for athletic outings to support teams at home and away; there is even a club known as the "Extreme Eagles" that makes it their job to cheer the loudest at events. Other activities on campus, such as Mountain Day singing, promote school spirit. Students sing the traditional Elmira College songs in front of the president's home, with the hopes that classes will be canceled for a day in the fall.
Getting Tickets
For most EC home games, tickets are free. The exception is playoff games for hockey. Students can purchase tickets for the event at the Murray Athletic Center located off campus. The Murray Athletic Center was the world's first geodesic athletic building and can hold up to 3,200 hockey fans.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Ithaca Gorges, about a 40-minute drive from campus, offer beautiful and well-groomed hiking/walking trails. The Elmira College campus itself is a great place to walk during the summertime, and if you're feeling adventurous to go off campus, try walking around Strathmont, a beautiful and historic section of West Elmira.
Did You Know?
  • The Extreme Eagles is a popular sporting club that attends College events dressed in purple and gold with face paint and signs.
  • Intramural sports are a big part of campus life, and students are encouraged to join a team at least once during their EC career.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 13% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 50% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 30% 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 28 responses

  • 43% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 39% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 11% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 7% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 53% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 37% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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