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3 College Junior

Athletics: getting much better with the recent success of the BBall team. That's about it though.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are not a huge thing here, there isn't even a football team. Basketball is the main sport

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Meh. Not really into sports. Our basketball and volleyball get some attention though. We have some great facilities at the Smith Center but unless you are Varsity, you can't use them. Learner Health and Wellness Center (aka HellWell) is where the rest of us go. Intramural sports are fun but sometimes poorly organized and are not that big on campus.

3 College Junior

Athletics: People care about the team only when they are winning.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Only basketball is really watched/cared about.


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  • 1244th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1335th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Glidden
Fuquay-Varina, NC
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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GW is not a sports enthusiast’s dream come true. There is not much school spirit at GW, perhaps because the University has no football team. The main sport is men’s basketball, but games only get packed when the team is doing well. A lot of students are apathetic about other teams, including the talented women’s basketball team. Most non-varsity athletes do not attend games other than men’s basketball, if that. Intramural sports are popular and pretty casual. Club teams are more competitive—the GW teams travel to other universities to play. People involved in sports at these levels say they have a lot of fun in the mildly competitive atmosphere.

GW tries to promote spirit among its students, but the efforts often fail. The women’s basketball team, which has a history of doing well, is basically ignored—almost no one attends games. Sports fans can attend outside games at the University of Maryland or watch one of several professional teams in the area. At GW, there are opportunities to play and watch sports, but if early morning tailgate parties before packed football games are what you crave, you better look elsewhere.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Atlantic 10 Conference
School Colors
Buff and blue
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
199 - 5%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
241 - 5%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Ice Hockey (men's and women's)
  • JKA karate
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Racquetball
  • Roadrunners
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan Karate of America
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men'sĀ and women's)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Arena football
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Hockey
  • Kickball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Lerner Health and Wellness Center
  • Mount Vernon Athletic Complex
  • The Smith Center
Most Popular Sports
Men's and women's basketball, men's soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Golf, gymnastics, water polo, and women's basketball
School Spirit
Because GW athletics are not overwhelmingly popular, school spirit is definitely lacking. Although some students enjoy attending men's basketball games, GW's most popular sport, most rarely show up to cheer on the team.
Getting Tickets
Students receive a year-long season pass sticker for use at all sporting events.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the Monuments, the Georgetown Waterfront, and other places along the Potomac River

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 109 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 31% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 50% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 106 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 52% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 27% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 19% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 109 responses

  • 24% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 61% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 12% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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