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.