East Coast Conference (ECC)

Learn About the 11 Member Colleges in the NCAA Division II East Coast Conference

The East Coast Conference (ECC) is a part of the NCAA's (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division II. Schools in the conference are primarily from Connecticut and New York, with one school from Washington D.C. The headquarters for the conference are in Central Islip, New York. The conference fields eight men's sports and ten women's sports.   

Daemen College
Daemen College. Tomwoj / Wikimedia Commons

Just outside of Buffalo, Amherst is within driving distance of Rochester, Toronto, and the Great Lakes. Students at Daemen can choose from over 50 majors, with nursing, education, and physical therapy among the most popular choices. The school's most popular sports include Track and Field, Soccer, and Volleyball.

  • Location: Amherst, New York
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 2,800 (2,045 undergraduates)
  • Team: Wildcats
  • For admissions and financial data, see the Daemen College profile.

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Oakdale, NY
Oakdale, NY. Adam Moss / Flickr

Note: Dowling College is closing in August of 2016.

Dowling College consists of three campuses across Long Island in New York State. Top choices for academic study include business/accounting, education, and psychology. The school fields six men's sports and eight women's sports.

  • Location: Oakdale, New York
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 2,453 (1,783 undergraduates)
  • Team: Golden Lions
  • For admissions and financial data, see the Dowling College profile.
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Humanities Hall at LIU Post
Humanities Hall at LIU Post. TijsB / Flickr

Also on Long Island, LIU - Post offers students over 50 majors to choose from, with popular choices including health professions, business, and education. Academics are supported by a healthy 11 to 1 student/faculty ratio. Popular sports include Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, and Baseball.

  • Location: Brookville, New York
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 9,486 (7,117 undergraduates)
  • Team: Pioneers
  • For admissions and financial data, see the LIU - Post profile.

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Mercy College
Mercy College. ChangChienFu / Wikipedia

Located in Dobbs Ferry, Mercy College also has campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Yorktown Heights (and offers classes online). Students can join a number of extra-curricular clubs and activities, and Mercy offers an Honors Program as well. The school fields four men's and six women's sports.

  • Location: Dobbs Ferry, New York
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 11,272 (7,939 undergraduates)
  • Team: Mavericks
  • For admissions and financial data, see the Mercy College profile.

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Molloy College
Molloy College. Courtesy of Molloy College

Located on Long Island, Molloy College is primarily a commuter school. Students can choose from 30 programs, with top choices including nursing, education, and criminal justice. Popular sports include men's and women's Lacrosse, Track and Field, and Soccer.

  • Location: Rockville Centre, New York
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 4,497 (3,336 undergraduates)
  • Team: Lions
  • For admissions and financial data, see the Molloy College profile.

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New York Institute of Technology
New York Institute of Technology. Grant Wickes / Flickr

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) has two primary campuses: one on Long Island, in Old Westbury, and one in Manhattan. The school also has campuses in Canada, Bahrain, Jordan, China, and the UAE. Academics at the Old Westbury campus are supported by a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio.

  • Location: Old Westbury, New York
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 7,872 (4,291 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bears
  • For admissions and financial data, see the NYIT profile.

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CUNY Queens College
CUNY Queens College. *Muhammad* / Flickr

A member school of the CUNY system, Queens College is primarily a commuter school. Popular majors for undergraduates include sociology, economics, accounting, and psychology. The school fields seven men's sports and eleven women's sports. 

  • Location: Flushing, Queens, New York
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 19,310 (15,773 undergraduates)
  • Team: Knights
  • For admissions and financial data, see the Queens College profile.

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Rochester Skyline
Rochester Skyline. Ryan Hyde / Flickr

Located just outside of Rochester New York, in the suburb of Chili (pronounced "Chai-Lie"), Roberts Wesleyan College offers over 50 programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. The school fields eight men's and eight women's sports, with Soccer, Track and Field, and Lacrosse among the most popular.

  • Location: Rochester, New York
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,762 (1,336 undergraduates)
  • Team: Redhawks
  • For admissions and financial data, see the Roberts Wesleyan College profile.

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St. Thomas Aquinas College
© Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons

Barely in Upstate New York, St. Thomas Aquinas is in the town of Sparkill, close to the New Jersey border. The school fields eight men's and eight women's teams, with Track and Field, Baseball, and Soccer among the most popular choices. 

  • Location: Sparkill, New York
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 1,942 (1,780 undergraduates)
  • Team: Spartans
  • For admissions and financial data, see the St. Thomas Aquinas College profile.

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University of Bridgeport - View from the Library
University of Bridgeport - View from the Library. AbsolutSara / Flickr

Barely in Upstate New York, St. Thomas Aquinas is in the town of Sparkill, close to the New Jersey border. The school fields eight men's and eight women's teams, with Track and Field, Baseball, and Soccer among the most popular choices. 

  • Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • School type: private university
  • Enrollment: 5,191 (3,021 undergraduates)
  • Team: Purple Knights
  • For admissions and financial data, see the University of Bridgeport profile.

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University of the District of Columbia
University of the District of Columbia. Matthew Bisanz / Wikimedia Commons

The only school from D.C. in this conference, the University of the District of Columbia is a historically black college located in the northwest part of the city. The school fields four men's and six women's teams, with Soccer, Track and Field, and Lacrosse among the most popular.

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 4,803 (4,491 undergraduates)
  • Team: Firebirds
  • For admissions and financial data, see the University of the District of Columbia profile.

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