While most Dartmouth students are sports fans, few allow their love of the game to reach the extremes of quasi-religious fervor often encountered at big name state schools across the country. Dartmouth supports an amazing number of NCAA teams—half of the student body are varsity athletes! While the basketball and football programs haven’t yielded dominant teams in years, Dartmouth’s ice hockey team is a real standout on the national stage, and winter matches at Thompson Arena are usually a crowd pleaser.
Though there is a divide on campus between the jocks and their more eggheaded peers, it’s a pretty permeable one because most Dartmouth students share a healthy respect for the sporting lifestyle, whatever the sport. Whether it’s soccer or lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee or canoeing, varsity or intramural, there’s something for everyone at Dartmouth.