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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball is a huge deal. Surprisingly, American football is not taken into account as much, as the team is not the best.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I wish there were a more vibrant culture for amateur athletes.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The basketball team at Georgetown is the main attraction when it comes to sports and is a lot of fun to attend games.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball is our big thing, but we haven't been very good recently. We are terrible at football, but pretty good at soccer. Athletes and non-athletes pretty much share the same facilities, but the basketball players are given special treatment. We have good services, it's just that the buildings are kind of old.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Georgetown University's basketball team is one of the best in the nation.


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  • 158th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 476th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ian Lundy
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
International Business/Marketing
Grad Year
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Georgetown students are united in their desire to root for a nationally-respected basketball team, but students are also into lesser-known sports, such as soccer and lacrosse. A little-known fact is that the University’s most talented team is track and field. IM and club sports are growing quickly in popularity, though club sports leaders complain about a lack of funding, and IM participants bemoan the IM department’s relative lack of organization and manpower.

Despite its academic reputation, Georgetown is most definitely a jock school, but not in the sense that one might typically expect. Though club and IM sports are quite popular, the general fitness of the student body’s bodies can be attributed to the impromptu activities organized by the students. Hoyas are, as a rule, active people; working out at the on-campus gym has come to rival Catholicism as the most-practiced religion. Except for the basketball players, most varsity athletes are treated like humans rather than demi-gods, which allows Georgetown to avoid certain social poisons that plague other schools. Basically, the athletic environment has a grassroots flavor that is more populist and pick-up than professional.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Patriot League
Basketball: Big East Conference
School Colors
Blue and gray
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
431 - 14%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
340 - 9%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 42
Basketball: 23
Baseball: 18
Cross Country/Track: 38
Other Sports: 150
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 100%
Basketball: 60%
Baseball: 100%
Cross Country/Track: 100%
Other Sports: 92%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Racquetball
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Squash
  • 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
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Turkey trot
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Albert G. McCarthy Jr. Swimming Pool
  • Guy Mason Field
  • Kehoe Field
  • McDonough Arena
  • Shirley Povich Field
  • Thompson Boat Center
  • TPC at Avenel
  • William I. Jacobs Recreational Complex
  • Yates Field House
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball is by far the most popular sport on campus. Most students purchase student tickets, and games become huge social outings throughout the winter months. The men's lacrosse team is also pretty popular because of its success, but it is not as well-known as basketball.
Most Overlooked Teams
Crew is one of the most overlooked teams on campus. Its athletes make up a large number of students on campus, boasting three teams: men's heavyweight, men's lightweight, and women's. The crew team is usually one of the highest-ranked teams in the nation, and races are enjoyable to watch when they use the Potomac.
School Spirit
Georgetown students are very proud of the Hoya tradition and of their school in general. They are diehard basketball fans, and some students even travel with the team, and they also work hard to support other sports teams. However, school spirit in general is very prevalent on campus-not only in sports games, but also in all facets of life. Georgetown students carry the Georgetown mentality with them wherever they go.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are only required for basketball games; all others are free for Georgetown students. Students are emailed by the Hoya Hoop Club before the season starts, asking whether they are interested in purchasing tickets. Tickets cost about $125 and include season tickets to all men's and women's home games. Tickets may also be purchased individually at the door, but most students go for season tickets.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The waterfront is a few blocks from campus and is the perfect place to take a date: dinner, a movie, and a romantic moon-lit walk by the Potomac. Also, taking a walk through the immediate area around Georgetown, one can find some of the most beautiful houses in D.C.
Did You Know?
Georgetown is a Division I school in almost every sport.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 55 responses

  • 9% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 40% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 45% 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 53 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 36% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 36% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 28% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 35% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 62% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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