Athletes at CMC exemplify the student athlete. While many student athletes at other schools need to choose between their sport and a social life, at CMC, it is very possible to have both. Some athletes are even in season twice a year.
Because of CMC's size, everybody knows a varsity student athlete (roughly 40% of students play varsity). Even more students are involved in club teams and pick-up games, making campus a very athletic place. CMC joins forces with Harvey Mudd and Scripps to make the "Claremont-Mudd-Scripps" teams (CMS). CMS plays Division III, and they are very successful. Popular spectator sports include men’s water polo, football, and women’s volleyball. All in all, CMS isn't overly competitive, with one exception: The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. Any game between CMS and Pomona-Pitzer is highly attended with boisterous fans. Games against other schools draw small crowds of close friends of the athletes. Admission is free.
Non-varsity athletes have just as much fun as their varsity counterparts. Intramural sports are alive and well at CMC, and inter-dorm competition is intense. The most popular IM is inner tube water polo, which draws huge crowds of athletes and spectators. CMC does have required gym, which comes in every variety of activity. From ballroom dancing to rock climbing, tennis to yoga, there is a gym class for everyone. CMCers are a very active bunch who enjoy a healthy dose of competition and fun.