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4 College Junior

Athletics: Lacrosse if pretty big at Denison University. The swim team is absolutely amazing and have beat national records.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many people on campus are active and participate in some kind of sport whether it be club, intramural or varsity.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The swim team is awesome and attracts the most people

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics is a big part of Denison. Some are defiantly overlooked, but the do play a big role in the student body life. I personally do not care much for them .

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams do fine in competitions, but the general hype for them is not very high.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1122nd
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1261st
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eleni Karahalios
Chicago, Illinois
Economics, English Writing and Psychology
Grad Year
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The students say it best. Athletics are fun, but they are not a big deal on Denison's campus. Denison is a Division III school, and admittance into sporting events is free to Denison students. It's true that Denison boasts an excellent swim team that is nationally ranked, but most students have never watched the swim team compete. A few more students go to the rugby games, but while varsity sports are important to the athletes playing them, they are not a driving force on campus. Intramurals are probably bigger than varsity sports, but they are nowhere near as competitive. People involved in IMs are mostly involved to stay in shape in between classes and homework. Soccer is popular, both as an IM and as a (more competitive) club sport. Martial arts are also popular as club sports. If you are looking for a big football or basketball program, then Denison is not for you. Overall, athletics are secondary to academics. People involved in them will do their best, as it seems they do with academics, but sports do not dominate the social scene. They are considered a fun pastime for those who are interested, and they're relatively ignored by those who are not.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: North Coast Athletic Conference
Basketball: North Coast Athletic Conference
School Colors
Red and white
School Nickname
Big Red
Men Playing Varsity Sports
264 - 26%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
166 - 13%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball (men's)
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Clay target
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Dance (women's)
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Frisbee golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey (men's)
  • Lacrosse
  • Outing
  • Quidditch
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash (men's)
  • Swimming
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Barclay-Thomsen Field
  • Big Red Baseball Field
  • Deeds Field-Piper Stadium
  • Denison Softball Field
  • Denison Tennis Courts
  • Granville Golf Course
  • Livingston Gymnasium
  • Mitchell Center
  • Trumbull Aquatics Center
Most Popular Sports
Swimming! Swimming is Denison's best sport.
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's baseball, women's soccer, and men's and women's tennis
Getting Tickets
Because of Denison's small size, it is very easy to get tickets to games. Sporting events are free for students, so it isn't expensive to be a spectator.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Bio Reserve, downtown Granville

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 36 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 22% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 61% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 14% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 51% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 33% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 15% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 14% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 70% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 16% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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