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Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I am not sports-centric in any way, so I don't pay attention to the sports life anywhere. But since being here I haven't heard anything about any school sports.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It can be fun if you make it fun and if you're into sports. But if you're not, no pressure.

3 College Senior

Athletics: There are no athletic scholarships offered at my school. All athletic participants do so voluntarily in addition to their academics. Therefore, it's a big deal when a team does well, but heavy emphasis is rarely placed on any sporting event. I mentioned the athletic facilities are relatively subpar, I speak only of the weight room for Columbia. That being said, the campus is in northern Manhattan where there is not much space. The gym is underground and they do a good job utilizing the space to the most efficient way possible.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students focus on academics and not sports.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Tthe few teams with notable success nationally are fencing, archery, and basketball. The homecoming football game is a tradition but aside from that no one attends the events because the stadium is out of the way, the campus is small, and the football team is consistently horrible.


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  • 1262nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1280th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara Cervantes
Austin, TX
English and American Studies
Grad Year
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While Columbians are definitely proud of their school, the majority of that pride comes from academics, not athletics. Most Columbia students are too buried in work to show interest in sports—especially campus sports. This disinterest is partially a result of the University's lackluster performances in major sports such as football and basketball and partially a result of the studious nature of the average Columbian. Additionally, Columbia's football stadium (and several other sport facilities) are located 100 blocks north of Columbia's main campus, making games difficult for students to access, which thereby makes the games difficult to care about.

That being said, a fair portion of the student population participates in Columbia athletics. For those who are not varsity athletes, Columbia boasts modern athletic facilities at the on-campus Dodge Fitness Center. Additionally, Columbia has a club sport and intramural scene which is most active on campus lawns during the warmer parts of the year.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Ivy Group
Basketball: Ivy Group
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
371 - 10%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
328 - 10%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Other sports
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Bowling
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
  • Capoeira
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Figure skating
  • Goju Ryu
  • Hiking
  • Ice hockey (men's and women's)
  • Judo
  • Kayaking
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Moy Yee Kung Fu
  • Racquetball
  • Road runners
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan karate
  • Ski and snowboard
  • Swing dance
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baker Athletics Complex
  • The Campbell Sports Center
  • Columbia Soccer Stadium
  • Dick Savitt Tennis Center
  • Dodge Fitness Center
  • Francis Levien Gymnasium
  • Lawrence A. Wien Stadium
  • Orchard Beach Lagoon
  • Robertson Field at Satow Stadium
  • University (Blue) Gym
  • Uris Pool
Most Popular Sports
The football and basketball teams are most discussed.
Most Overlooked Teams
Columbia's fencing team has a history of excellence, with a track record boasting 41 Ivy League championships, 33 individual NCAA championships, and 13 team NCAA championships. Additionally, Columbia's women's archery team has an impressive track record. While these may not be sports most people associate with University athletics, these teams are definitely worthy of respect.
School Spirit
Students are often very proud of going to such a well-respected university, but you won't hear anyone screaming "Go Fighting Lions!" on game day. It's an intellectual spirit, not necessarily an athletic one.
Getting Tickets
Columbia athletics are eager to attract spectators and fans. As a result, tickets for students are free and don't need to be ordered in advance. All you have to do is swipe your Columbia ID!
Best Place to Take a Walk
Riverside Park is very close to campus and overlooks the Hudson. Morningside Park is on the other side of campus and boasts a spectacular view of the city. And, of course, how could you go to school in Manhattan and not take a walk in Central Park?

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 59 responses

  • 19% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 39% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 37% 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 59 responses

  • 7% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 63% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 7% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 24% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 23% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 65% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 8% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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