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3 College Junior

Athletics: Every now and then (Homecoming, and whenever we start winning in another sport) there's a huge upsurge of student pride and spirit. Otherwise we're pretty lackluster about it. Amazing lacrosse center that's used ~*~exclusively~*~ by student athletes because apparently they need to have hot tubs.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The varsity sports teams are not a major part of student life.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I wish there were a trainer available for non-athletes - sports medicine, not personal training.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics at Johns Hopkins is really great. Health is so important for being able to study hard.

College Senior

Athletics: We don't really have many options for athletics in the SON.


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  • 930th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1085th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dan White
Glen Rock, NJ
International Studies and Economics
Grad Year
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Athletics are not a major focus at Johns Hopkins. Even lacrosse, the most popular sport, doesn’t bring out the whole student body. Tickets to events are free for students, and it is fun to attend the big lax games against schools like Duke, Virginia, and North Carolina. Hopkins has one stadium, which is small by university standards. Homecoming is one of the few games where the stadium is filled, and students often are surprised that Hopkins celebrates Homecoming with a lacrosse game in the spring. Club and IM sports are open to everyone and aren’t overly competitive, but only a relatively small number of students participates in these events. At Hopkins, school spirit is defined by academics and research as opposed to athletics.

If you want a school with a strong athletics department, Hopkins is not the school for you. The University makes up for its apathy in other sports with its support for lacrosse, but, even so, some students do not care that the Hopkins lacrosse team is one of the top in the country. Other varsity sports are Division III, with low student support at games. There are many club and IM sports and a new recreation center if students want to stay active but want less competition. Hopkins' academic prestige should not be seen as implying weak athletics, though. Actually, many Hopkins teams have athletes with Division I talent that came to the school for its academics. In recent years, almost every single one of the teams has won the conference championship. Football, men's and women's soccer, women's cross country/track and field, volleyball, baseball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's swimming have been dominant and very successful. However, most school spirit for athletics tends to stay within the athletes, as they root for each other.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
Athletic Conferences
Football: Centennial Conference
Basketball: Centennial Conference
School Colors
Columbia blue and black
School Nickname
Blue Jays
Men Playing Varsity Sports
431 - 15%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
271 - 9%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Body building
  • Brazilian Jujitsu
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Jujitsu
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor club
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baseball field
  • Homewood Field
  • JHU Track & Field
  • Newton White Athletic Center
  • Practice field
  • Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center
  • Tennis courts
  • Varsity weight room
Most Popular Sports
Lacrosse is, by far, the most popular sport and is Division I. Many of the games are televised on ESPNU. The Blue Jays are one of the best teams in the nation every year!
Most Overlooked Teams
The fencing team gets very little recognition. Also, the baseball team has had an excellent record in the past few years, and was one of the top Division III teams in the nation, despite frequently playing home games in front of crowds numbering in the teens.
School Spirit
Overall, students at Hopkins are not particularly spirited. There are some events, however, that students get excited about. The only sport that warrants student excitement is lacrosse. The activity that sparks the most interest is a cappella, with the singing groups frequently performing to standing-room-only crowds. Students also get very spirited about their majors, often comparing themselves favorably to equivalent majors at other schools. School spirit drops off noticeably during exam time, when students lose interest in almost everything but their studies.
Getting Tickets
Call (410) 516-7490. Tickets are easy to get-they are cheap for the general public and free for students.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Wyman Park winds by a stream behind the school. Roland Park provides tree-lined streets and leads to Sherwood Gardens. Don't be fooled by your perception of cities being filthy-these are both beautiful walks.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 61 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 33% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 52% 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.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 61 responses

  • 5% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 43% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 30% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 13% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 63% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 24% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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