Skyline Conference

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Skyline Conference
Skyline Conference logo.jpg
CommissionerLinda Bruno
Sports fielded
  • 17
    • men's: 9
    • women's: 8
DivisionDivision III
No. of teams12
HeadquartersNew York, New York
RegionNew York
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The Skyline Conference is a college athletic conference based in the New York City area that competes in the NCAA's Division III.

The league was originally chartered on May 16, 1989, as a men's basketball conference and now sponsors 17 sports (nine for men and 8 for women). The Skyline Conference sponsors baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's volleyball.

Primarily comprising schools from the New York metropolitan area, the Skyline Conference currently has 11 full-time member schools, as well as five part-time members that compete in men's lacrosse and men's volleyball only.

Prior to the 2007–08 academic year, the league introduced the Skyline Presidents Cup. St. Joseph's (LI) won the first three Presidents Cups (2007–10), followed by Farmingdale State winning in 2010–11. St. Joseph's (LI) collected its fourth Presidents Cup in 2011–12, with Farmingdale State regaining the title in both 2012–13 and 2013–14.

In May 2018, Manhattanville College announced that they would leave the MAC Freedom Conference and return to the Skyline for the 2019–20 academic year. Manhattanville was a charter member of the Skyline before leaving to join the MAC in 2007.[1]


Skyline Conference
Locations of Skyline Conference members, 2021-2022 Brown pog.svg full and Black pog.svg associate

Chronological history[edit]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

The Skyline currently has 12 full members, all but five are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined
College of Mount Saint Vincent Riverdale, New York 1847 Catholic
1,918 Dolphins 1989
Farmingdale State College[a] East Farmingdale, New York 1912 Public[b] 8,162 Rams 2003
Manhattanville College Purchase, New York 1841 Nonsectarian 2,700 Valiants 1989;
Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, New York 1960 Catholic 2,556 Knights 1994
Purchase College[d] Purchase, New York 1967 Public[b] 4,379 Panthers 2007
Sarah Lawrence College Yonkers, New York 1926 Nonsectarian 1,782 Gryphons 2014
St. Joseph's College NY–Brooklyn Brooklyn, New York 1916 Catholic
1,261 Bears 2015
St. Joseph's College NY–Long Island Patchogue, New York 1978 Catholic
3,893 Golden Eagles 1999
Maritime College[e] Throggs Neck, New York 1874 Public[b] 1,755 Privateers 1996
College at Old Westbury[f] Old Westbury, New York 1965 Public[b] 4,364 Panthers 1989
United States Merchant Marine Academy
(Merchant Marine)
Kings Point, New York 1942 Federal 910 Mariners 1989;
Yeshiva University New York, New York 1886 Orthodox 6,744 Maccabees 1998
  1. ^ Also known as the State University of New York at Farmingdale.
  2. ^ a b c d Part of the State University of New York System.
  3. ^ Manhattanville had been a charter member in 1989, but left the Skyline after the 2006–07 school year to join the MAC Freedom Conference before re-joining back effective in the 2019–20 school year.
  4. ^ Also known as the State University of New York at Purchase.
  5. ^ Also known as the State University of New York Maritime College.
  6. ^ Also known as the State University of New York at Old Westbury.
  7. ^ Merchant Marine had been a charter member in 1989, but left the Skyline after the 2006–07 school year to join the Landmark Conference before re-joining back effective in the 2016–17 school year.

Affiliate members[edit]

The Skyline currently has five affiliate members, all are public schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Primary
Kean University Union, New Jersey 1855 Public 14,404 Cougars 2006–07 New Jersey (NJAC) men's lacrosse
Montclair State University Montclair, New Jersey 1908 19,464 Red Hawks 2006–07 men's lacrosse
New Jersey City University Jersey City, New Jersey 1929 8,443 Gothic Knights 2019–20[a] men's volleyball
Ramapo College Mahwah, New Jersey 1969 5,233 Roadrunners 2019–20[a] men's volleyball
Stockton University Pomona, New Jersey 1969 8,458 Ospreys 2006–07 men's lacrosse
  1. ^ a b Both New Jersey City and Ramapo had previously competed as affiliate members of the Skyline for men's volleyball from the 2012 to 2017 spring seasons (2011–12 to 2016–17 school years).[2]

Former members[edit]

The Skyline had seven former full members, all but one were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current
Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, New York 1860 Episcopal 1.958 Raptors 2007–08 2010–11 Liberty
Centenary University Hackettstown, New Jersey 1867 United Methodist 1,597 Cyclones 2003–04 2006–07 Atlantic East (AEC)
Polytechnic Institute of New York University Brooklyn, New York 1854 Nonsectarian N/A Fighting Jays 2007–08 2013–14 N/A[a]
The Sage Colleges
Sage College of Albany (coed)
Russell Sage College (women's)
Albany and
Troy, New York
1916 Nonsectarian 2,389 Gators 2007–08 2017–18 Empire 8[b]
Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, New Jersey 1870 Nonsectarian 5,260 Ducks 2000–01 2006–07 MAC Freedom
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York 1957 Public[c] 26,814 Patriots[d] 1989–90 1993–94 America East
  1. ^ NYU Poly was merged into New York University in 2014.
  2. ^ The Sage Colleges have merged into one, and used the name Russell Sage College since 2020.
  3. ^ Part of the State University of New York System.
  4. ^ Stony Brook adopted its current nickname of Seawolves beginning the 1994–95 school year, immediately following the school's departure from the Skyline Conference.

Membership timeline[edit]

St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn/Patchogue, New York)Sarah Lawrence CollegeRamapo CollegeNew Jersey City UniversityThe Sage CollegesState University of New York at PurchaseNew York University Tandon School of EngineeringBard CollegeStockton UniversityMontclair State UniversityKean UniversityFarmingdale State CollegeCentenary College of New JerseyStevens Institute of TechnologySt. Joseph's College (Brooklyn/Patchogue, New York)Yeshiva UniversityState University of New York Maritime CollegeMount Saint Mary CollegeStony Brook SeawolvesState University of New York at Old WestburyCollege of Mount Saint VincentUnited States Merchant Marine AcademyManhattanville College
  • Stony Brook left while reclassifying to Division I and the America East Conference.
  • Manhattanville left to join the MAC Freedom Conference.
  • Merchant Marine left to join the Landmark Conference and returned in 2016.
  • Stevens left to join the Empire 8 Conference; it is now in the MAC Freedom.
  • Centenary (NJ) left to join the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, now known as the Colonial States Athletic Conference
  • Bard left to join the Liberty League.
  • NYU Poly became affiliated with New York University in 2008, but retained a separate athletic program until it completely merged into NYU in 2014. NYU competes in the University Athletic Association.
  • The Kean and Ramapo men's volleyball programs left in 2017 for the Continental Volleyball Conference. Kean remains a men's lacrosse affiliate, and Ramapo returned men's volleyball to the Skyline in 2019.
  • New Jersey City men's volleyball left in 2017 for independent status, but returned to the Skyline in 2019.
  • The Sage Colleges left in 2017 for the Empire 8. They merged in 2020 and kept the Russell Sage College name.
  • Manhattanville left in 2007 for the MAC Freedom and returned in 2019.



  1. ^ "Manhattanville to Join Skyline Conference in 2019-20 Academic Year". Skyline Conference. Skyline Conference. May 9, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "NJCU, Ramapo to Join as #SkylineMVB Affiliate Members in 2020 Campaign" (Press release). Skyline Conference. April 29, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019.

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