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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports tend to be under supported even though it can be fun going to games, but club and intramural sports are incredibly popular and easy to get involved in.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The varsity sports aren't very good besides hockey. There are a large percentage of varsity athletes though and the facilities are nice. Club sports are very popular and are really fun. There are intermurals, but they aren't quite as big.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am member of the varsity women's soccer team and I do no think that we get enough support from fans considering we are Division I and one of the best in our league. Students here are very fit - almost a quarter of the students here are varsity athletes. But it seems that only athletes support athletes. Are facilities are fine - but we are getting new facilities in the fall.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey is the biggest sport on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not many people go to the sporting events but the gym is so nice.


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  • 201st
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1073rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Esber
New Franklin, Ohio
Peace and Conflict Studies
Grad Year
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Patriot League
Basketball: Patriot League
School Colors
Maroon, white, and gray
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
302 - 22%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
244 - 16%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • American karate
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (women's)
  • Capoeira
  • Cricket
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey (men's and women's)
  • Judo
  • Juggling
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Ski club
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Taekwondo
  • Tai jitsu
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Trap shooting
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Andy Kerr Stadium
  • Cotterell Court
  • Eaton Street Softball Complex
  • Glendening Boathouse
  • Harry H. Lang Cross Country Course
  • J.W. Abrahamson Memorial Courts
  • Lineberry Natatorium
  • R.L. Browning '37 Outdoor Track
  • Raider Power Performance Center
  • Sanford Fieldhouse
  • Seven Oaks Golf Course
  • Starr Rink
  • Trudy Fitness Center
  • Tyler's Field
  • Van Doren Field
Most Popular Sports
Football and men's ice hockey
Most Overlooked Teams
Every sport has its following. Because so many teams have advanced to the Division I finals, they all receive a great deal of support and attention from the students, staff, and administration at Colgate. Overlooked teams include field hockey, soccer, and volleyball.
School Spirit
Colgate really is bursting with school spirit, but when it comes to the athletic competitions, the school has resorted to bribing all but the most diehard fans to attend through the Rowdy Raider program, which incentivizes attendance to many of the weekly sporting competitions. Football and hockey draw big crowds, as does intramural competition, but for most other sports, the fan base is comprised of parents and friends of athletes. Having said that, students take immense pride in their school, and every student has dozens of T-shirts bearing the Colgate name or the number 13-or both.
Getting Tickets
There's free admission to regular season games with your 'Gate card.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Head up to the Harry Lang XC and Fitness Trails to take on one of the most grueling cross-country courses in the Patriot League.
Did You Know?
In 2006, "Men's Magazine" named Colgate the second fittest college campus in the United States; students blame it on the hills as much as their strong commitment to fitness.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 49 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 65% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 24% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 50 responses

  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 24% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 24% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 48% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 51 responses

  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 78% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 18% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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