Athletics

Location
Ithaca, NY
Undergrads
6,159
Tuition
$37,000
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Facilities are good, and there are a lot of opportunities for student involvement. Almost the entire student body shows up to support the ever popular event - Cortaca.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I do not participate in any sports nor do I really care about them.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: everyone goes to cortaca...besides that, no crazy atmospheres at any of the games

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school spend too much money on our D3 sports teams and not enough on other clubs and activities.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most of the students support the sports teams.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 390th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1274th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jennifer Segal
Hometown
Newton ,MA
Major
Communication Management
Grad Year
2014
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Despite the talent some of the teams at IC have, students fail to attend games or show any form of school spirit. For the students who don’t want to commit to joining a varsity team, IC offers various intramural and club sports that are very popular. It’s hard to get excited about being a Bomber, though. Without a doubt, the most well-attended sporting event at IC is the November football game between IC and the State University of New York at Cortland. Known as the "Cortaca Jug," which Sports Illustrated has called the “biggest little game in the nation,” this rivalry game brings almost every IC student to the stadium.

Other than this one Saturday afternoon, support for the teams is almost nonexistent. If someone wants to go to a school that is big on athletics, IC is probably not the best place. Administrators tried to increase school spirit by coming up with a new mascot, but students were dissatisfied and this failed. However, with Cortaca being the only big athletic event, students definitely take advantage of it and come out with a lot of school spirit.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Empire Eight
Basketball: Empire Eight
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Bombers
Men Playing Varsity Sports
447 - 16%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
328 - 9%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Breakdancing
  • Cheerleading
  • Circus
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Hip-hop
  • Ice hockey (men's)
  • Lacrosse
  • Lindy Bombers (swing)
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Rugby (women's)
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tap dance
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Kickball
  • Poker run
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball (court and sand)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Allen Fields
  • Ben Light Gymnasium
  • Butterfield Stadium
  • Carp Wood Field
  • Freeman Field
  • Haskell Davidson Boathouse
  • Ithaca College Fitness Center
  • Kostrinsky Field
  • Lawrence S. Hill Center
  • Tennis courts
  • Upper Terrace Field
  • Yavits Field
Most Popular Sports
Football
Most Overlooked Teams
Gymnastics and swimming
School Spirit
While everyone on campus has an IC sweatshirt, school spirit is not as prevalent as it is at other schools. Because IC is only a Division III school in athletics, the teams tend to get overlooked. If more students paid attention to the fine talent that IC athletes have, then more students would paint their faces blue and gold and yell, "Go Bombers!" Ithaca College definitely sees its share of school spirit at the Cortaca Jug. Whether the game takes place at IC or at Cortland, there are plenty of IC students dressed and painted in blue and gold to support the team.
Getting Tickets
Students can get into any sporting event free of charge. With low attendance at many games, you're usually guaranteed a seat. Tickets for Cortaca Jug are free if the game is at Ithaca, and there's a small fee if the game is held at Cortland. It is imperative to get tickets early, though, because they go fast!
Best Place to Take a Walk
Most of the local gorges have beautiful trails that are the perfect activity for a nice day. Try Taughannock Falls and Buttermilk Falls.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 85 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 25% 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.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 85 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 33% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 31% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 34% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 87 responses

  • 17% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 62% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 18% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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