SUNY School Granted NAIA Status

Small school next to Syracuse University joins the college athletics ranks.

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Syracuse University and Le Moyne College aren't the only athletics programs in town anymore. SUNY—Environmental Science and Forestry is the newest member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Daily Orange reports.

The environmentally focused college already fields sports teams: men's and women's cross country, men's golf, and men's and women's soccer. To qualify for NCAA Division III, the school would have had to add seven teams. But the report says the NCAA wasn't accepting Division III applications anyway. The school's athletics budget is $65,000, the largest it has ever been, and the school is trying to attract more student-athletes with its NAIA membership.

"I'm excited for it. I think it will help get a lot of good players here," a SUNY-ESF women's soccer player says.

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