Athletics

Location
Cambridge, MA
Undergrads
6,652
Tuition
$42,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Athletics: People only get excited about sports around Harvard/Yale or the NCAA, but we're decent.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Harvard consistently does well in the Ivies, and there's always a lot of crimson pride repping at games, especially Harvard-Yale every year.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Student involvement in athletics is high, but athletics aren't a big part of campus life. At times, school spirit is lacking.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Somehow, Harvard's sports are kinda sick. Crew is perennial national champs, basketball is killin it, squash is ridiculous, football is Ivy League champs — not bad at all. Lots of fun to attend the big events (e.g. Harvard-Yale football game, squash nationals, Head of the Charles, etc.). Facilities are wicked nice and under constant renovation to make them nicer.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: We're division 1, but varsity sports don't rule the school, which I think is a good thing. I don't know much about the club sports but I think the intramurals get big after freshman year. There are several gyms available for anyone to use (I use the law school gym for example) and they're really nice, with great hours.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 541st
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 609th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dominic Hood
Hometown
New Orleans, La.
Major
Psychology
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Originally founded as an athletic league, the Ivy League, including Harvard, has lost its reputation as an athletic powerhouse in major sports. However, Harvard is home to more varsity sports than any other institution in the nation. Additionally, Harvard offers an array of club sport opportunities that will satisfy the desires of any wannabe rugby, fencing, or Frisbee player, just to name a few. And for those not interested in organized sports or their accompanying time committments, Harvard offers intramural sports that often generate heated battles and spawn a number of house rivalries.

However, Harvard does lose points because of the lack of support for its varsity programs. Men’s ice hockey, football, and lacrosse garner quite a few fans, but the only time Harvard fans even resemble true college sports fans is on the day of the Harvard-Yale football game. Overall, the University offers the resources for just about any level of activity.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Ivy Group
Basketball: Ivy Group
School Colors
Crimson
School Nickname
The Crimson
Men Playing Varsity Sports
590 - 17%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
426 - 12%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • AquaJog
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Bodybuilding
  • Boxing
  • Broomball
  • Capoeira
  • Cheerleading
  • Cornhole
  • Cricket
  • Crimson dance
  • Croquet
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Fishing
  • Handball
  • Hapkido
  • Ice hockey (men's and women's)
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Polo
  • Quidditch
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Self defense
  • Shooting
  • Shotokan karate
  • Skiing (nordic)
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Spikeball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tai Chi/Kung Fu
  • Tennis (men's and women's)
  • Tough Mudder
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Wushu
  • XFit
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Dodgeball
  • Fencing
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Beren Tennis Center
  • Blodgett Pool
  • Bright Hockey Center
  • Dillon Fieldhouse
  • Gordon Indoor Track
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Harvard Stadium Bubble
  • Jordan Field
  • Lavietes Pavilion
  • Malkin Athletic Center
  • McCurdy Outdoor Track
  • Murr Center
  • Newell Boathouse
  • O'Donnell Field
  • Ohiri Field
  • Palmer Dixon Strength and Conditioning Center
  • Soldiers Field
  • Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium
  • Weld Boathouse
Most Popular Sports
Football and men's ice hockey
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's rugby and women's basketball
School Spirit
Harvard students are proud, almost snobbishly arrogant, when it comes to their University's reputation, though athletics receive little support, if any. Students wear their colors proudly, especially on the weekend of the Harvard-Yale football game. However, after freshman year, students find themselves wearing less and less apparel with the Harvard name or crest, though the color crimson becomes increasingly present in students' wardrobes. Overall, student spirit brims high when it comes to University reputation.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are easily attainable from Harvard Box Office locations in the Holyoke Center and near the stadium.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Along the Charles River

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 7% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 57% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 29% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 7% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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

  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 39% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 29% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 30 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 53% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 23% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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