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4 College Freshman

Athletics: As a Varsity Athlete it is almost required that my life revolves around athletics and generally I have zero problems with that. Holy Cross does not have a Greek system so athletics basically take on their role. All of the good parties off campus are thrown at a sports' house and you really need to either be on a team, know someone on that specific team, or be a cute girl to get into the parties. The only downside to the athletics at HC is that if you are looking for a big football school then your not going to find it here. Everyone loves the football team because they are generally great guys to hang out with still, attendance at games is slacking; people generally go to the tailgate and from there stay at the game 10 minutes tops if they go at all and quickly matriculate to the closest party.

5 College Student

Athletics: Even the teams are not the best, the school has some of the best school spirit around.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Football, basketball, and hockey are the most popular sports to watch. The games are decently attended but definitely don't dominate campus life. The intermural and club sports all have their devotees but aren't a massive presence either.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Games are fun to attend, especially hockey. But, the school does not revolve around varsity sporting events. Everyone loves to support Holy Cross and "bleed purple".

3 College Junior

Athletics: As a D1 school, a majority of our students are athletes, but the facilities are old, and out dated for both athletes and non athletes. While our records are not the best, we have a few successful teams which receive the support of the school community.


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  • 468th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 671st
    Best Intramural Sports

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Audrey Gehring
Madison, WI
English/Religious Studies
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There is no question that basketball is the most popular sport on campus. Holy Cross is in the Patriot League, the champion of which is guaranteed a place in the NCAA tournament. Although Holy Cross hasn’t won the tournament since 1948, the school is now focusing on strengthening both its men’s and women’s programs. Football is also popular, but it’s mostly about the tailgating. Although Holy Cross hasn’t fielded a competitive team in about 30 years, alumni flock to football games and tend to stick around for the first half—while there is still a chance of a Crusader victory—and leave once defeat is imminent.

Club and intramural sports at Holy Cross are somewhat spotty, and generally operate on student interest. The men’s rugby team, a stalwart club sport, was disbanded in fall 2003 for a period of five years. Other club teams vary in activity—although most dormant teams can easily be re-started by a few enterprising students. Many of the club sports, which are run out of the Student Programs office and not affiliated with the Athletic Department, also function as intramural leagues. Unofficial, though popular, intramural organizations include basketball and softball leagues, which generally spring up every so often. Enterprising groups of students often play touch football on the Hart lawn, too.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Patriot League
Basketball: Patriot League
School Nickname
The Crusader
Men Playing Varsity Sports
383 - 29%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
301 - 20%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball (men's)
  • Equestrian (coed)
  • Figure skating
  • Ice hockey (men's)
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (women's)
  • Sailing (coed)
  • Skiing (coed)
  • Soccer (coed)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (coed)
  • Basketball (men's, women's)
  • Floor hockey (coed)
  • Softball (coed)
  • Tennis (coed)
  • Touch Football (men's)
  • Volleyball (coed)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
The Hart Center
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football (men's and women's)
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, hockey
School Spirit
Holy Cross has a lot of school spirit. There's even one day a year-Purple Pride Day-that's dedicated to enlivening school spirit. School spirit is most evident at athletic events, particularly football and basketball games. Holy Cross's every-other-year away football game at Harvard always attracts a large Crusader crowd. The bleachers at basketball games are usually filled with a sea of students wearing purple T-shirts. Most students sport at least one garment of Holy Cross garb-usually either a sweatshirt of a baseball hat. For a small school, Holy Cross has tons of spirit.
Getting Tickets
Tickets can be purchased the day of the game for football and basketball, unless the game is particularly important. In cases such as this, ticket reservations can be made. Tickets are generally free for students.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Try the Hill workout. Walk from the bottom of campus at Fitton Field all the way to the top at the Hart Center.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 19 responses

  • 16% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 32% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 47% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 35% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 40% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 41% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 59% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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