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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are a couple of really good teams, and the student body supports them, but its not a big part of campus life unless you are on a team.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: No one pays attention to athletics at Clark. The gym is new, however, and always clean and accessible.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The people who are involved in sports are devoted and great, but there are a huge amount of people on campus who are not associated with sports.

College Sophomore

Athletics: We are a Division 3 University. Many students do not have an interest in playing sports so those who do have a lot of opportunities to play. Our university teams are not taken very seriously but that is because many students are not interested in sports in general.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Clarkies could not care less about sports teams. If we start winning, people will be proud, but usually students have way too many other things to do.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 929th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1226th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Angela Wu
Hometown
Bellevue, WA
Major
Undecided
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At Clark, sports seem to exist in another world. Clarkies are peripherally aware of them, they know that games and practices must take place, but in their hearts, they really don’t seem to care. There is no huge football team to rally behind, and the basketball and baseball games are usually attended by people involved in some other sport at Clark. The lack of enthusiasm for the sports teams has nothing to do with their records—most Clarkies are totally unaware of each team's records. But to the people who are play sports, the team seems to encompass their entire life. They wake up early to practice together, eat together, take many of the same classes, then practice again, eat again, and in many cases, room together, as well. This leads many people to say that athletic Clarkies take their sport far too seriously in relation to the rest of the student body. If you dream of widespread popularity, fans, and praise for your athletic accomplishments, do not come to Clark.

For the less serious, yet still athletic, there are intramurals. To many Clarkies, it seems that IMs are the real sports action on campus since those competitions are the ones you are most likely to talk about with your friends or overhear people discussing in the UC. Clarkies love their IM seasons and look forward to them every year, sometimes with sinister and dramatic plans in place to assemble the perfect team and score an undefeated record. It never gets too serious, though, and that’s how Clarkies like it, since academics or relaxation are easily the top priorities for most students.

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
Scarlet and white
School Nickname
Cougar
Men Playing Varsity Sports
173 - 20%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
162 - 12%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Equestrian (coed)
  • Ice hockey (coed)
  • Karate (women's, coed)
  • Lacrosse (women's)
  • Outing club
  • Racquetball
  • Snowboarding (coed)
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Floor hockey
  • Soccer (indoor)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bickman Fitness Center
  • Dolan Field House
  • Granger Field
  • Kneller Athletic Center
Most Popular Sports
"Popular" is a too strong a word to use when referencing sports at Clark. Baseball and basketball are mentioned commonly in passing, but no one ever seems know their season record. Most people get more excited about the IM sports, particularly volleyball. However, IMs are similar to varsity in that they also do not garner any support outside of the players themselves.
Most Overlooked Teams
The sports teams at Clark are all overlooked. However, the crew team probably has the worst hard-work-to-recognition ratio of them all. Many people don't even know that Clark has a crew team. Next in line would be all the female teams. Baseball and men's basketball get little, if any, attention from the student body, but the female teams are paid even less attention.
School Spirit
Clarkies may not look all that spirited on the surface, but deep down, they know that it means something special to be a Clarkie. It might not be obvious due to the unending complaints about the school's latest construction project, the total lack of support for the sports teams, and the apathy with which students view the events that take place outside of their own cliques, but in the end, the feeling of being a member of the Clark community is really what keeps us tied to it in the first place. Clarkies recognize other Clarkies as friends when meeting for the first time. After graduation, fellow Clark students who never met before build new relationships around that common bond. Clark has a significant percentage of students who end up marrying other Clarkies. These are just a few examples of how strong an association is formed between the individual and the school.
Getting Tickets
Clark sporting events are free to attend.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Elm Park
Did You Know?
Both Dolan Field House and Granger Field are examples of Clark's strive toward expanding and renewing their facilities. Unfortunately, most of the student body does not care enough about the school's athletic endeavors to feel that their construction was warranted. They remain mostly unused by the average student.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 17% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 80% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 3% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 34 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 41% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 50% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 34 responses

  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 59% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 9% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

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