Liberty League
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FormerlyUpstate Collegiate Athletic Association
CommissionerTracy King
Sports fielded
  • 26
    • men's: 14
    • women's: 13
DivisionDivision III
No. of teams12
HeadquartersTroy, New York
RegionUpstate New York

The Liberty League is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. Member schools are top institutions that are all located in the state of New York.


Map showing current full member institutions (click to enlarge)
Map showing current full member institutions (click to enlarge)

It was founded in 1995 as the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association. The conference was renamed during the summer of 2004 to the current name.

The league includes founding members Clarkson University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Rochester, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College, and Union College. Vassar College became a full member of the league during the 2000–01 academic year, Bard College and Rochester Institute of Technology joined for the 2011–12 academic year, and Ithaca College officially joined for the 2017–18 academic year. Founding member Hamilton College departed following the 2010–11 academic year in order to fully integrate its athletic programs within the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

The United States Merchant Marine Academy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Springfield College are associate members in football only.

At the beginning of the 2012–13 season, New York University became an associate member in both men's and women's golf, while Wellesley College and Mount Holyoke College became associate members in women's golf.


Offensive linesman Ali Marpet of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, drafted in the 2nd round, 61st overall, of the 2015 NFL draft, is the highest-drafted pick in the history of Division III football.[1] He was three-time All-Liberty League first team (2012, 2013, 2014), and 2014 Liberty League Co-Offensive Player of the Year—the first offensive lineman in league history to be so honored.[2][3][4]

Chronological timeline

Member schools

Current members

The Liberty League currently has 12 full members, all are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Football?
Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, New York 1860 Episcopal 1,958 Raptors 2011 No
Clarkson University Potsdam, New York 1896 Nonsectarian 2,848 Golden Knights 1995 No
Hobart College[a] Geneva, New York 1822 Episcopal 905 Statesmen 1995 Yes
Ithaca College Ithaca, New York 1892 Nonsectarian 6,769 Bombers 2017 Yes
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York 1824 Nonsectarian 5,431 Engineers 1995 Yes
University of Rochester[b] Rochester, New York 1850 Nonsectarian 12,233 Yellowjackets 1995 Yes
Rochester Institute of Technology
Henrietta, New York 1829 Nonsectarian 18,000 Tigers 2011 No
St. Lawrence University Canton, New York 1856 Protestantism 2,327 Saints 1995 Yes
Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, New York 1903 Nonsectarian 2,734 Thoroughbreds 1995 No
Union College Schenectady, New York 1795 Nonsectarian 2,197 Dutchmen 1995 Yes
Vassar College Poughkeepsie, New York 1861 Nonsectarian 2,446 Brewers 2001 No
William Smith College[a] Geneva, New York 1908 Episcopal 1,045 Herons 1995 No
  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. ^ Rochester holds both dual conference membership with the Liberty and with the University Athletic Association (UAA).

Associate members

The Liberty League currently has four associate members, all but one are private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Primary
Buffalo State College Buffalo, New York 1871 Public 8,339 Bengals 2019–20 New York State (SUNYAC) football
New York University New York City 1832 Private 22,280 Violets 2012–;
University (UAA) men's golf;
women's golf
St. John Fisher College Rochester, New York 1948 Private 4,000 Cardinals 2013–14 Empire 8 men's rowing
women's rowing
Wellesley College Wellesley, Massachusetts 1870 Nonsectarian 2,300 Blue 2012–13 New England (NEWMAC) women's golf

Former members

The Liberty League had one former full member, which was also a private school:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current
Hamilton College[a] Clinton, New York 1793 Nonsectarian 1,864 Continentals 1995–96 2010–11 New England (NESCAC)
  1. ^ Hamilton left the Liberty League after the 2010–11 school 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. The school previously held dual membership with both the Liberty and NESCAC conferences.

Former associate members

The Liberty League had six former associate members, all but two were private schools:

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Nickname Joined Left Current
in former
Liberty sport
United States Coast Guard Academy
(Coast Guard)
New London, Connecticut 1876 Federal 1,045 Bears 2004–05 2005–06 New England (NEWMAC)[a] football
United States Merchant Marine Academy
(Merchant Marine)
Kings Point, New York 1942 910 Mariners 2004–05fb.;
Skyline football;[5]
men's golf
Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, Massachusetts 1837 Nonsectarian 2,100 Lyons 2012–13 2019–20 N/A[c] NEWMAC women's golf
Springfield College Springfield, Massachusetts 1885 Nonsectarian 5,062 Pride 2012–13 2016–17 New England (NEWMAC) football[7]
Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania 1858 Lutheran ECLA 2,200 River Hawks 2007–08 2009–10 Centennial[d] Landmark football
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester, Massachusetts 1865 Nonsectarian 5,071 Engineers 2004–05 2016–17 New England (NEWMAC) football
Liberty League other members
Locations of Liberty League other members, 2021-2022
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Current associate
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Former full
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Former associate
  1. ^ Coast Guard was a football-only associate member in the 2004 and 2005 seasons after its previous conference, the Freedom Football Conference, disbanded (it competed in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in most other sports, where it remains). After two seasons it moved to the New England Football Conference (since rebranded as Commonwealth Coast Football), where it remained through the 2016 season. Coast Guard football joined its other sports in the NEWMAC in 2017, when that league began sponsoring football.
  2. ^ Merchant Marine discontinued men's golf after the 2011–12 school year.
  3. ^ Mount Holyoke discontinued women's golf after the 2019–20 school year.[6]
  4. ^ Susquehanna was a football-only associate member in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons after leaving its previous football conference, the Middle Atlantic Conferences (it then competed in the Landmark Conference in most other sports, where it remains). After three seasons it moved to the Centennial Conference.

Membership timeline

Buffalo State CollegeIthaca CollegeSt. John Fisher CollegeSpringfield College (Massachusetts)Wellesley CollegeNew York UniversityMount Holyoke CollegeRochester Institute of TechnologyBard CollegeSusquehanna UniversityWorcester Polytechnic InstituteUnited States Merchant Marine AcademyUnited States Coast Guard AcademyVassar CollegeHobart and William Smith CollegesUnion CollegeSt. Lawrence UniversitySkidmore CollegeUniversity of RochesterRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteHobart and William Smith CollegesHamilton 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. ^ Kevin McGuire (May 2, 2015). "Ali Marpet puts D3 Hobart on the NFL Draft scoreboard – College Football Talk". NBC Sports.
  2. ^ "Liberty League Athletics – Liberty League announces 2014 Football Award Recipients". Liberty League.
  3. ^ "Press Release: News: Senior Bowl".
  4. ^ "AFCA Announces 2014 Division III Coaches All-America Team". Archived from the original on 2015-02-27.
  5. ^ Liberty League Archived 2006-09-03 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Mount Holyoke College Discontinues Varsity Golf Program". Mount Holyoke College. 2020-09-10.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-02-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)