Athletics

Location
Wellesley, MA
Undergrads
2,007
Tuition
$41,888
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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2 College Junior

Athletics: There is no Babson Spirit and this directly effecting campus life and the lack of support to athletic events.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is not that great although there were repairs that have taken place.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I've never really been in the gym.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Varsity Sports are encouraged though not a large part of school activity.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Since Babson is a small school, many people have at least one friend who plays a sport. Therefore, friends will attend their friends' games. However, not many peope go for fun since it's a D3 school. The gym is mediocre. It is quite small and has a handful of each type of cardio machine. The indoor track is kind of slanted and feels unsturdy at parts. However, the weight room is highly utilized, mostly by guys, and there is a dance studio that is good for Babson Dance Ensemble rehearsals, stretching, cyoga/zumba classes, etc. There is not much beaver spirit in sports, but mostly for business.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1122nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1204th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anna Klimentievna Gatker
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Varsity sports are very competitive, contrary to popular belief that just because Babson is in Division III, it cannot be competitive. In terms of popularity, it is true that few students attend games, but it's not true that few students play them. Considering the small-school atmosphere, neither the game attendance, nor athletic involvement can possibly be compared to other Division III giants. Sports are very important to the athletes that play them because they put considerable amounts of time into practices, meets, games, and races. Intramural sports involvement is slowly increasing, with more teams joining in the fun each year. Coed volleyball is by far the most popular sport. The rugby club usually does considerably well in its games, and more than a hundred spectators occasionally show up to watch them in their battles. Playing these sports helps students destress and keep in shape.

Attendance is important to the athletes involved. However, athletics are not an integral part of the social life for most Babson students because they come here to excel in academics, which can explain why attendance at games has been very sparse. One reason, among several, why not many people show up to games is that there are so many other activities (mostly academic) that are held at Babson daily. Altogether, a majority of students forms intramural teams, where they can make up team names and have fun playing with friends.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
School Colors
Green and white
School Nickname
Beavers
Men Playing Varsity Sports
243 - 22%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
151 - 18%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket
  • Ice hockey
  • Indoor track and field
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis/pingpong
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Hot shot
  • Pingpong
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Chandor Dance Studio
  • Lunder Fitness Center
  • Morse Swimming Center
  • PepsiCo Pavilion
  • Squash/Racquetball Courts
  • Staake Gymnasium
  • Varsity Weight Room
  • Webster Center
Most Popular Sports
On the varsity level, basketball games have the largest presence on campus. Volleyball and basketball are the intramural favorites on this campus, while club sports are gaining popularity in men's rugby. Rugby guys are known for their infamous parties before and after almost every game, making it attractive for their friends and even newcomers to watch them battle the opposing teams.
Most Overlooked Teams
The varsity cross country and track teams consist of very dedicated individuals who perform well at meets, but people shy away from traveling to watch them compete.
School Spirit
Although students don't want to admit it, they are proud that they got into Babson. They are also swollen with pride after they finish their first year at Babson. In-classroom competition is where the spirit really kicks in. There, the overconfident students add fun and interesting dynamics to some of the less-entertaining classes. Finance and accounting majors feel exceptionally special to be part of Babson's curriculum. That is actually true, because these majors regard themselves as tougher and smarter than all other majors. Babson clothing and gifts are also seen all over campus, showing that students are proud to be at Babson and like to purchase these products. These things are even said to be the highest-margin goods at the Babson Bookstore. Although sports events are not too populated, they are recognized by faculty and the student body through online posting on the athletics website. When a team wins a championship, the news travels fast and mostly everyone knows the game's score. School spirit at this school is a bit underrated because of the poor sports attendance, but that doesn't necessarily mean that students don't care for school spirit. They are just trying to manage their time better.
Getting Tickets
There is no need to get tickets to attend a Babson College sporting event if you are a student. Although the basketball games tend to get crowded, most other sports games are only spotted with spectators. The Babson hockey team sometimes charges a small fee to the local Wellesley residents who attend their games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Into Wellesley or in the Boston Commons

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 17 responses

  • 18% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 41% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 41% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 16 responses

  • 6% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 56% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 19% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 19% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 19% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 62% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 19% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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