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3 College Senior

Athletics: We have a 24-hour gym! Enough said! No, but really, the main gym (Gosman) is very nice too, especially now that the pool has re-opened. There is a large dance/fitness studio, cardio machines (my only suggestion is to add a few more), squash courts, a field house, the pool, weight rooms and more. Yes, there are many sports teams (go Judges!) but honestly, they're a very small portion of student life. Student athletes participate and enjoy themselves, and many students love going to cheer them on, but apart from that, you hardly ever hear (Brandeis) sports discussions on campus. If you love the Boston sports teams, though, you'll be in heaven!

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not personally part of any sports, but I know many people who are, and events are well-attended as a general rule.

3 College Senior

Athletics: In all honesty, Brandeis is not a school that is known for (or attended for) it's athletics.

3 College Senior

Athletics: We have good athletics but a lot of people do not want to be a part of it. It is not central to campus life unless you are an athlete or you know one.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not many people attend varsity sports events, but some people join intramural and club sports.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 529th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1345th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Ingram
Floral Park, NY
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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Athletics may not be Brandeis’s selling point, but they are starting to rise to the point of respectability. The lack of a football or hockey team is a major downside, but it puts the focus on the normally less-popular sports like fencing. Men's and women's basketball are Brandeis' most attended regular season sporting events. However, you will not find much in the way of athletic pride or support at Brandeis. While sports do exist, they are not much of a big deal to the general population and are not a main attraction of the school. It is possible to attend the College and not have much interaction with athletics.

Recently, Brandeis has made great strides in recruiting more and more talented athletes to play for their teams. As the teams continue to improve, so will the school spirit and the outlook on athletics and athleticism at Brandeis. Brandeis offers a wide, if not well publicized, selection, including intramurals. So, if you’re a sports nut (whether it comes to playing or watching) you are sure to find something you enjoy, regardless of the opinions of the rest of the campus.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: University Athletic Association
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
133 - 9%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
109 - 6%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Archery
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tae kwon do
  • Uechi-ryu karate
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Gosman Sports Center
  • The Joseph P. and Clara Ford Athletic and Recreation Complex
Most Popular Sports
Men's and women's basketball, baseball, and ultimate Frisbee are the most favored on campus.
Most Overlooked Teams
Fencing and the swim team
School Spirit
When the men's basketball team made it to the quarterfinals of the Division III NCAA tournament in 2008, there were celebration parties and a free bus to take students to Pennsylvania for the game. Usually though, there is little evidence of school spirit. While you can usually find a rally for Israel, it is rare to see anything in support of Brandeis. Although it is in the same conference as NYU, Washington University, and Emory, Brandeis fails to provide the same sporting experience as any of these schools. A lack of a football team and a general lack of interest in any sports team certainly hurts efforts to excite the student body. But, if the basketball teams continue to do well, then school spirit will slowly but surely improve.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are free, and are not usually required for sporting events at Brandeis-just show your student ID.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Running around the perimeter of the campus, following the Loop road, is a pretty intense workout. There is also a track around Gordon Field. When the weather is bad, there is an indoor track in Gosman.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 42% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 56% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 2% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 46 responses

  • 7% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 46% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 7% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 41% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 48 responses

  • 17% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 40% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 35% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
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