Athletics

Location
Bethlehem, PA
Undergrads
4,824
Tuition
$42,220
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Wrestling is a big thing at Lehigh. Other sports are overshadowed by this.

College Freshman

Athletics: The only sport that really gets recognition is football, and that's probably just because mocos gives people an excuse to wear outrageous things and get really drunk early in the day.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit isn't great.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not really into sports, but I know our wrestling team is pretty good, and that Le-Lauf is a big deal... but its mostly and mocos, and not the actual games.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People only care about the football team, and most people only care about that if it's mocos or Le-laf week. #alcohol

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 998th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1089th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Charlie Gimber
Hometown
Sudbury, MA
Major
English and Journalism
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Lehigh’s greatest athletic tradition is waking up at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings and getting wasted before home football games. Kidding aside, morning cocktails and tailgates are some of the most popular events during the whole school year. Fraternities will go around their house, sorority houses, and freshman dorms with pots and pans to wake everyone up, and as difficult as it may be to wake up that early on a Saturday after a long night, tailgates usually see a very impressive turnout. It’s hard to pass up the exuberance of drinking outside the football stadium on a sunny day as the entire campus walks around to each fraternity’s setup in search of beer and barbecued food, as the police just stand back and watch. Few attend the actual football game, which is unfortunate. Wrestling is the other insanely popular sport at Lehigh, although it’s more revered by alumni and the town of Bethlehem. In fact, townies are probably more into the football and wrestling teams than the student body—not surprising given the lack of nearby professional sports teams. The wrestling team is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the country.

Intramural sports are wildly popular, as they allow the more casual athletes to participate. Freshman teams are made up of halls in the dormitories, and upperclass teams are fraternity against fraternity and sorority against sorority. Winning intramural sports gives fraternities bragging rights and bolsters a sense of pride and athleticism. Most students tend to get much more involved in intramurals than with Lehigh’s sports teams.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Patriot League
Basketball: Patriot League
School Colors
Brown and white
School Nickname
Mountain Hawk
Men Playing Varsity Sports
366 - 13%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
248 - 13%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 68
Basketball: 21
Baseball: 7
Cross Country/Track: 22
Other Sports: 76
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 67%
Basketball: 75%
Baseball: 63%
Cross Country/Track: 86%
Other Sports: 86%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Frisbee
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Running
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Turkey Trot
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Grace Hall
  • Lehigh Athlete's Gym
  • Taylor Gym
Most Popular Sports
Lehigh football and wrestling are both incredibly popular among townies and throughout the Lehigh Valley. But, students are mostly apathetic toward their sports teams.
Most Overlooked Teams
Given that students barely pay attention to athletics, even if there were teams that were considered overlooked, they still wouldn't bother paying attention to them.
School Spirit
Lehigh's school spirit comes out at random occasions, but on the whole, you'd find most students to be fairly apathetic about school spirit in general. School spirit is at its highest right before home football games, as everyone comes together in drunken revelry at tailgates. As euphoric an experience as tailgates are, it's also quite exhausting, and many students leave before the football game even starts. The only other sport with a decent amount of school spirit is wrestling, a sport that is huge in Pennsylvania and one that Lehigh has always had a nice amount of success with. As much as many students enjoy their time at Lehigh immensely, a good portion of them don't feel a true sense of school pride until after they have graduated.
Getting Tickets
Students do not need tickets to attend Lehigh sporting events. All students have to do is flash their ID in order to get in to the football games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Goodman Campus
Did You Know?
There are 5,480 seats available in Stabler Arena.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 16% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 50% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 34% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 40 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 48% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 35% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 15% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 40 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 28% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 62% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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