Ithaca, NY
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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at this school are not extremely popular.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I only go to the games to see my friend dance

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Cortaca is the one day that our school spirit comes out for athletics. However, our facilities are really nice. I love that the varsity athletes have their own weight rooms so they don't get to use up the fitness center.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: There is a weirdly huge emphasis with money on sports yet we are a division III school with bad teams.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics here are kind of what you make of it. We're only D3, and we've got some great teams, but not a ton of school spirit. The only big sporting event we have is the Cortaca Jug. This isn't an issue for me since I'm not really into sports, but for someone who really likes them, we're lacking in that department.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jennifer Segal
Newton ,MA
Communication Management
Grad Year
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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
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Empire Eight
Basketball: Empire Eight
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
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)
  • 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
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 popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 76 responses

  • 18% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 62% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 17% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 74 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 34% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 28% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 74 responses

  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 26% 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.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.


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