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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are important but people aren't as involved as bigger schools.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: A lot of people have school spirit.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletic events at Catawba are certainly not as huge as they are at a large university. However, the Catawba Indians have their fair share of school pride. Alumni and parents attend football games and tailgate before the games. the student section is always rocking to support any athletic event whether it be soccer, baseball, football, basketball or volleyball. Being a part of the marching band and pep band, I am always right in the middle of the "Catawba Pride" that is being shown to support our teams.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The baseball team is the best sport on campus ratings wise, but the other sports are always fun to watch.

1 College Junior

Athletics: As an athlete at Catawba I have not had a great experience. I currently am on the cross country team and our team cannot afford to supply us with shoes. My high school team received more gear than this college. Some sports receive more than others however. Fan support and school spirit is awful. During our last home football game the school we played had more people in attendance in the visitors stands than we did in our home stands. Athletic facilities are sub par as well and comparable to a small high school. Intramural sports are an absolute waste of time as athletes often play these sports anyway. Because Catawba is such a small school that competes at the division II level, the majority of our student body are athletes. If you do not play a sport and you are a student at Catawba you are certainly in the minority.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 792nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1235th
    Best Intramural Sports

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Christine Shuster
Jackson, N.J.
Music business
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There are plenty of sports teams on campus. Some sports games are heavily attended by students, faculty, staff, and community members, while other sports lack the support. Some sports teams even lack financial support (field hockey was recently cut from the school's athletic program). In general, the men's basketball team is usually good and recently won its conference, the baseball team went to regionals, and some golfers went to the national championships. Regardless of these accomplishments, all athletes are well respected around campus. Catawba also has intramurals, including basketball, volleyball, and pingpong.

In terms of facilities, the fields and courts are fine, but the additional accommodations could be in better condition. They are definitely acceptable, but so much money is put into scholarships for the athletes that not enough money is left for the facilities. There is a track, but it wasn't designed properly and is shorter than regulation, so it cannot be used for running events.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: South Atlantic Conference
Basketball: South Atlantic Conference
School Colors
Navy blue and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
271 - 48%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
111 - 17%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 58
Basketball: 29
Baseball: 20
Cross Country/Track: 16
Other Sports: 164
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 75%
Basketball: 38%
Baseball: 71%
Cross Country/Track: 60%
Other Sports: 73%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Pool
  • Racquetball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball, sand
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Abernethy Physical Education Center (Goodman Gymnasium)
  • Frock Athletic Complex
  • Johnson Tennis Center
  • Miriam and Robert Hayes Fieldhouse
  • Newman Park
  • Shuford Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Football, baseball, men's basketball, lacrosse
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball, tennis
School Spirit
School spirit is good for some events, but not so good for others. Students dress in school colors, use body paint, and shout cheers during games like football, lacrosse, and men's basketball.
On the other hand, women's basketball and tennis do not get the same kind of support. Women's basketball games are played right before men's games, and still the majority of the crowd only shows up for the men's game.
Getting Tickets
Getting tickets is easy-except for the homecoming football game, which sells out so quickly. Patrons can buy tickets online or at the gate, and there never seems to be a very long line. Ticket prices are reasonable, and Catawba students get into events for free-unless it is a South Atlantic Conference (SAC) event.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The track and the nature preserve on campus are great places for students and community members to take walks.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 11 responses

  • 9% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 27% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 64% 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 13 responses

  • 23% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 38% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 8% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 31% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 8% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 46% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 46% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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