Athletics

Location
Providence, RI
Undergrads
6,118
Tuition
$42,808
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Games offer great options in the weekends, and the athletic facilities are average.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are a fun, but minor, part of campus life

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Sport is good for our health. many students are athletics

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics is not very big or important here. Our varsity teams are okay. There is school spirit but losing a football game is not really a big deal.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is present but sport culture is not that typical. As a school, certain teams do better than others. Athletic facilities aren't awesome but they are sufficient and very convenient and accessible.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1132nd
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1336th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Justin Kim
Hometown
Austin, TX
Major
Undecided
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Brown is not an overly athletic school. Almost every student played some varsity sport in high school, but for most students, academics and other extracurricular activities come before athletics. However, there are a full range of varsity sports and less-intense club and intramural sports. Many Brown students go for runs around campus, or they find themselves playing catch or Frisbee on the Main Green.

Sports are just one aspect of social life, and they help relieve stress from the academic rigors of the University. Brown has facilities for non-athletes to swim, work out, and play organized sports. Brown also has gifted student athletes who may go underappreciated despite winning records.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Ivy Group
Basketball: Ivy Group
School Colors
Brown, red, and white
School Nickname
The Brown Bear
Men Playing Varsity Sports
383 - 13%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
371 - 12%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Tennis (men's, women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's, women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Basketball golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Trivia bowl
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bear's Lair Athletic Center
  • Hunter S. Marston Boathouse
  • Meehan Auditorium Ice Rink
  • Olney-Margolies Athletic Center (OMAC)
  • Pembroke Field
  • Pizzitola Sports Center
  • Smith Swim Center
Most Popular Sports
The most popular sport on campus, in terms of participation, seems to be ultimate Frisbee. Overall, varsity sports tend to receive rather weak spectatorship.
Most Overlooked Teams
Although the equestrian team is ranked among the best in the nation, it rarely seems to get support or recognition.
School Spirit
Brunonians are generally very proud of their school, in all aspects. Though support for athletics is not particularly strong, students, faculty, and alumni are quick to support and recognize any accomplishment made by the school or its people.
Getting Tickets
Since most varsity athletic events are only moderately attended, it is only hard to get tickets for the biggest games of the year. In most cases, showing up to an event with your Brown ID is all you need to get in. For information, call (401) 863-2773.
Best Place to Take a Walk
For a casual stroll, there's plenty of exploring to be done just by walking the streets around campus. If you're up for a workout, a run downtown and back will give you good hill climbing training.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 46 responses

  • 26% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 67% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 4% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 45 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 49% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 11% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 38% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 43 responses

  • 14% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 30% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 47% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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