Empire 8 Athletic Conference

Compare the 9 Colleges in the NCAA Division III Empire 8 Athletic Conference

The Empire 8 is an NCAA Division III athletic conference. Members of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference come from Upstate New York and Northern New Jersey. All schools are private (although Alfred University has a SUNY component), and all have small classes and high levels of student-faculty interaction. The conference's headquarters are in Rochester.

The Rochester Institute of Technology was a member of the Empire 8 until 2011. Several colleges are affiliated with the conference for football: SUNY Brockport, SUNY Cortland, Morrisville State College, and Buffalo State College. Washington & Jefferson College competes in the Empire 8 for hockey.

The Steinheim at Alfred University
The Steinheim at Alfred University. Allen Grove

Alfred University sits among the rolling hills of Western New York, about an hour south of Rochester. The school has the feel of a small liberal arts college but the breadth of a comprehensive university. Alfred is perhaps best known for its ceramic engineering and art programs, but strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

  • Location: Alfred, New York
  • School type: small comprehensive university (part public, part private)
  • Enrollment: 2,286 (1,806 undergraduates)
  • Team: Saxons
  • Explore the Campus: Alfred University photo tour
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Alfred University profile.
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Elmira College
Elmira College. Souldrifter02 / Wikimedia Commons

Located in the Southern Tier of Central New York, Elmira College college is a short drive from the picturesque Finger Lakes wine country. Professional programs in business, education and nursing are popular with undergrads, but the school was also awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for strong liberal arts and sciences.

  • Location: Elmira, New York
  • School type: private liberal arts college
  • Enrollment: 1,376 (1,288 undergraduates)
  • Team: Soaring Eagles
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Elmira College profile.
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Hartwick College
Hartwick College. Allen Grove

Hartwick has a rich history dating to 1797, and today the college takes pride in its ability to engage students on both the academic and student life fronts. The classroom experience is supported by an 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and outside of the classroom the college has over 70 clubs and organizations. Hartwick also has a strong study abroad program.

  • Location: Oneonta, New York
  • School type: private liberal arts college
  • Enrollment: 1,393 (all undergraduate)
  • Team: Hawks
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Hartwick College profile.
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Houghton College
Houghton College. JacksonJeep / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

Founded in 1883, Houghton College has a rich history in Western New York. The college is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church, although students come from a broad range of Christian denominations. Popular majors include business, music, and psychology. Academics are supported by a healthy 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

  • Location: Houghton, New York
  • School type: private Christian liberal arts college
  • Enrollment: 1,084 (1,064 undergraduate)
  • Team: Highlanders
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Houghton College profile.
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Ithaca College
Ithaca College. Allen Grove

Ithaca College's name might suggest a liberal arts college, but the term isn't quite accurate given the school's strong music program, school of communications, and graduate programs. The campus sits on a hillside overlooking the city of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake. Cornell University is nearby.

  • Location: Ithaca, New York
  • School type: private college
  • Enrollment: 6,769 (6,323 undergraduate)
  • Team: Bombers
  • Explore the Campus: Ithaca College photo tour
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Ithaca College profile.
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Golisano Academic Center at Nazareth College
Golisano Academic Center at Nazareth College. Photo Credit: Michael MacDonald

Located just east of Rochester and a stone's throw from St. John Fisher College, Nazareth has robust undergraduate programs in business and health, and graduate programs in education. With a 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio and average class size of 14, students will get lots of personal attention from their professors. Financial aid is strong with nearly all students receiving some form of grant aid.

  • Location: Rochester, New York
  • School type: private college with liberal arts and professional programs
  • Enrollment: 2,871 (2,108 undergraduates)
  • Team: Golden Flyers
  • Explore the Campus: Nazareth College Photo Tour
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Nazareth College profile.
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St. John Fisher College Stadium
St. John Fisher College Stadium. Doug Kerr / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Like many of the Empire 8 colleges, St. John Fisher has small classes and a healthy student / faculty ratio (13 to 1). Business, education, and health fields are most popular among undergraduates. The attractive 154-acre campus is located in a residential neighborhood just east of Downtown Rochester. Financial aid is generous with nearly all students receiving some form of grant aid.

  • Location: Rochester, New York
  • School type: private Catholic comprehensive college
  • Enrollment: 3,823 (2,796 undergraduates)
  • Team: Cardinals
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the St. John Fisher College profile.
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Edwin Stevens Hall, Hoboken
Edwin Stevens Hall at Stevens Institute of Technology. Barry Winiker / Getty Images

Located in Northern New Jersey, Stevens Tech is the only one of the Empire 8 schools not in New York State (although the New York City skyline is visible from the campus). Technological fields are most popular at Stevens, but the School of Management also has healthy enrollments, and the College of Arts and Sciences provides Stevens students with academic breadth.

  • Location: Hoboken, New Jersey
  • School type: private institute of technology
  • Enrollment: 6,359 (2,976 undergraduate)
  • Team: Ducks
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Stevens Institute of Technology profile.
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The Utica College Hockey Team at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse
The Utica College Hockey Team at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Doug Kerr / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Given its graduate and professional programs, Utica college might be more accurately called a university than a college. Among undergraduates, programs in health and criminal justice fields are most popular. Utica academics are supported by a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of around 20.

  • Location: Utica, New York
  • School type: private comprehensive college
  • Enrollment: 4,463 (3,084 undergraduate)
  • Team: Pioneers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Utica College profile.
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