Stevenson University is a member of the NCAA Division III and offers a wide variety of sports for both men and women. Known as the "Mustangs," the university fields the following teams for men and women: basketball, soccer, cross country, dance, lacrosse, golf, cheerleading, volleyball, and tennis; for men only, baseball; and for women only, field hockey and softball. The University had been a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), but accepted an invitation in December 2005 to join the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). The women's lacrosse and field hockey teams joined the CAC in the 200607 academic year with the 14 other teams entering the CAC for the 200708 academic year. The men's volleyball team will remain in the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association while Stevenson's golf team will compete as independents. All student athletes are encouraged to compete for the varsity athletic teams. Student athletes are encouraged to be multi-sport athletes. Open tryouts are announced at the beginning of each season. (Contact the Athletic Department for try-out dates.) Students are eligible to earn a physical education credit by participating on a team or serving as a manager of a team.