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Roberts Wesleyan College (RWC) is located in Rochester, New York. Roberts is currently a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the American Mideast Conference. This study examined potential reclassification to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II or NCAA Division III and conferences within each division. Interviews and analysis of existing financial information were conducted. The study focused on: the reclassification process and associated costs, sport sponsorship costs and trends in expenses and potential revenues, and matching institutional identity and philosophy. The study also compared the core values of the new conferences with those of Roberts. The sports sponsored in each conference and association also were analyzed to determine associated costs, including any new facility needs. A comparison of the NAIA and the NCAA was conducted to help determine the reliability of each association.