Excellence in intercollegiate athletics has become a tradition and expectation for the Northeast Hawks. Men and women from across the nation and internationally have been recruited to play for Northeast. Many of the Hawks student-athletes have transferred to and continued their playing careers at the NCAA and NAIA levels. Northeast competes at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I and II levels, and is a member of the Iowa Community College Athletic Association (ICCAC). Over the course of Northeast's 45-year history, student-athletes regularly earn both academic and athletic achievements.
Northeast currently has eight men's and women's athletic programs: