Hanover, NH
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3 College Junior

Athletics: We have a real problem with people turning up to games; some sports more than others. For example, women's basketball games never get the turn out they deserve, whereas hockey games are usually pretty well attended.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I feel like there is always (in college in general) too much emphasis on sports.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Some of our varsity teams are the best in the nation. It's a D1 Ivy, so sports are obviously competitive and a big part of campus life, but certainly not the most important. People cheer on the teams. Club teams and intramurals are also available, and there are many gym classes (ie. yoga, zumba, etc) as well as outdoors type classes (rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, etc.) that can all be taken for PE credit. Some club teams are more competitive than others, but our campus is really really fit and healthy overall. I'd say less than 1% of the students are obese/ overweight. The gym is big and more than enough for the average student.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The way they have you review this is strange but IMs are a ton of fun and tons of people participate in them (freshman floors, fraternities/sororities, groups of friends, secret societies all have teams) and the gym is great. Sporting events are under-attended, but that goes with the ivy league territory... At the end of the day, the athletes are still D1 so those games which you do attend will be high quality.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Football team sucked; moreso the attitudes of some varsity athletes suck. They act as if they have more of a right to social spaces...but due to the nature of the frat scene--they are the social space.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 405th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1106th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kirk Greenwood
Warrington, PA
Comparative Literature
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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.


Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Ivy Group
Basketball: Ivy Group
School Colors
Green and white
School Nickname
The Big Green (official) or the Big Green Moose (unofficial)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
476 - 23%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
385 - 19%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Boxing
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dressage
  • EMS
  • Endurance racing
  • Fencing
  • Figure skating
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Polocrosse
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Shotokan
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softballl
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Gym
  • Boathouses
  • Dartmouth Skiway
  • Hanover Country Club
  • Kresge Fitness Center
  • Leverone Field House
  • Tennis Courts
  • Thompson Arena
Most Popular Sports
Men's rugby, football lacrosse, and men's and women's ice hockey teams have the largest following among students. Rugby, crew, and ultimate Frisbee all have large squads.
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball had a solid yet overlooked season, while, at the club level, the cycling team is fantastic.
School Spirit
Love for the "College on the Hill" extends far beyond the Dartmouth jockwear most students sport around campus. From First Year Trips onward, most Dartmouth students are imbued with a fierce love of their unique and historic institution. The College's small size fosters a strong sense of community, and students often take the trek to Hanover during their off terms to be around friends and share in the campus camaraderie. Dartmouth alumni are uniquely loyal and noted for being generous with their pocketbooks and connections. There is a growing sense among many recent graduates that the school is slowly being transformed into a cookie-cutter research institution along the lines of the Harvard university model, but, for the time being, at least, Hanover is filled with students who love their school and are sublimely happy.
Getting Tickets
All students receive free entry to all sporting events simply by flashing their IDs-additional planning is unnecessary.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Occom Pond, Golf Course

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 29 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 21% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 69% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 23% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 52% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 6% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 70% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 24% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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