Colgate prides itself in its Division I teams, competing in both the Patriot League and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (for hockey). This pride is easily seen in the top-notch facilities and resources devoted to the athletic teams on campus—not surprising considering about one-third of students is involved in Division I teams. The commitment to fitness and sports on campus goes beyond the varsity teams, however; there is a thriving intramural sports scene and a number of club sports teams with coaches and regular practices. Any way you cut it, there are plenty of opportunities to compete at any level of involvement. For those looking to keep in shape, the recently-built Trudy Fitness Center is three times the size of the William Bryan Little Fitness Center, which now houses the varsity weight room, and there is never a wait for the state-of-the-art cardio machines, each with a 15-inch television. Students also embrace their sense of place by taking advantage of the miles of cross-country running trails and ski trails in the winter, as well as free access to the boathouse on the local lake.
When it comes to Division I sports, students tend to show up in the largest numbers to support the football and hockey teams, but there are always spectators in the form of friends of athletes at every competition. While the University takes great pride in its athletics, students are the true embodiment of scholar-athletes, which is why Colgate has the highest graduation rate—100 percent—of all Patriot League schools.