Liberty League

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Liberty League
Liberty League logo
Established 1995
Association NCAA
Division Division III
Members 11
Sports fielded 26 (men's: 13; women's: 13)
Region Upstate New York
Former names Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Headquarters Troy, New York
Commissioner Tracy King
Liberty League locations

The Liberty League is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA's Division III. Originally founded in 1995 as the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association, the conference was renamed during the summer of 2004 to the current name. Members are top institutions that are all located in the State of New York.

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Full member institutions include:

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Football?
Bard College Raptors Annandale-on-Hudson, New York 1860 Private 1,958 2011 No
Clarkson University Golden Knights Potsdam, New York 1896 Private 2,848 1995 No
Hobart College[1] Statesmen Geneva, New York 1822 Private 905 1995 Yes
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers Troy, New York 1824 Private 5,431 1995 Yes
Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers Henrietta, New York 1829 Private 18,000 2011 No
University of Rochester Yellowjackets Rochester, New York 1850 Private 5,601 1995 Yes
St. Lawrence University Saints Canton, New York 1856 Private 2,327 1995 Yes
Skidmore College Thoroughbreds Saratoga Springs, New York 1903 Private 2,734 1995 No
Union College Dutchmen Schenectady, New York 1795 Private 2,197 1995 Yes
Vassar College Brewers Poughkeepsie, New York 1861 Private 2,446 2001 No
William Smith College[1] Herons Geneva, New York 1908 Private 1,045 1995 No

Associate members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Primary Conference Liberty Sport
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, Massachusetts Lyons 1837 Private 2,100 NEWMAC women's golf
New York University Violets New York City 1832 Private 22,280 UAA men's and women's golf
St. John Fisher College Cardinals Rochester, New York 1948 Private 4000 Empire 8 men's and women's rowing
United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners Kings Point, New York 1942 Federal 910 Landmark football[2]
Wellesley College Wellesley, Massachusetts Blue 1870 Private/Non-sectarian 2,300 NEWMAC women's golf
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers Worcester, Massachusetts 1865 Private 5,071 NEWMAC football
Springfield College Pride Springfield, Massachusetts 1885 Private 5,062 NEWMAC football[3]

Former members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference
Hamilton College* Continentals Clinton, New York 1793 Private 1,864 1995 2011 NESCAC
  • Hamilton left the Liberty League after the 2010-11 academic year in order to fully align with the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), of which it has been a charter member since 1971. Therefore, the school held both dual conference membership of the Liberty and the NESCAC.

Former associate members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Left Current Conference Liberty Sport
United States Coast Guard Academy Bears New London, Connecticut 1876 Federal 1,045 2004 2005 NEFC* football

Membership timeline[edit]

Rochester Institute of Technology Bard College Vassar College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Union College St. Lawrence University Skidmore College University of Rochester Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Hobart and William Smith Colleges Hamilton College (New York) Clarkson University


The Liberty League sponsors intercollegiate athletic competition in men's baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's crew, men's and women's cross country, women's field hockey, men's football, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women’s soccer, women's softball, men's and women's squash, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and women's volleyball.


  1. ^ a b Hobart (men) and William Smith (women) are together the Colleges of the Seneca and usually grouped together, but they participate separately in athletics.
  2. ^ Liberty League
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