Athletics and Recreation
NYIT's athletic teams are known as the Bears and compete in NCAA Division II as members of the East Coast Conference (ECC). The school colors are blue (PMS 660) and yellow (PMS 130).
NYIT offers 13 varsity sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball.
The overall cumulative GPA for NYIT's intercollegiate programs was 3.21 during the 2016–2017 academic school year. All athletic programs engage in community service projects that foster social development by enabling student-athletes to bond with their internal and external communities. Programs include visiting neighboring elementary schools to participate in educational programs, senior citizens' visits, food drives, various walks for a cause, and a plethora of cleanup projects. Additionally, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) sponsors a number of on-campus community awareness initiatives.
The Bears athletic programs have thrived on the fields of play. The lacrosse team has won four national championships, in 1997, 2003, 2005, and 2008. The men's basketball team reached the NCAA Division II national championship game in 1980. And the men's soccer team reached the NCAA Division II Final Four in 1985 and the Elite Eight in 2005.
The men's and women's tennis teams have also been highly successful. They each have reached the NCAA's Sweet 16 for five straight seasons. The women's basketball team has reached the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons and posted the program's first two tourney wins in 2016. The volleyball team has reached the NCAA tournament each of the past three seasons.
In June 2015, renovations surrounding the Sports Complex began. The construction of a fitness center in the former Hall of Fame lobby was completed, locker room space expanded, and the tennis courts received a facelift after a harsh winter.