Athletics

Location
South Hadley, MA
Undergrads
2,290
Tuition
$41,456
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Academics play a more prominent role in the campus then athletics. Nonetheless, the equestrian team in the school is competitive and a lot of students choose the school to become part of this team.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm more aware of the student orgs. and clubs than I am of the varsity teams.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We have a lot of athletics, nothing very high tier, but some good ones. Sporting events pull groups of people who go to see their friends attend, and since this is a small campus, that is a fair crowd.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The women here are very supportive of oneanother and the facilities are free and very, very clean.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: It's D3 so that explains itself. The field hockey team and equestrian teams are excellent.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1247th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1286th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alessandra Hickson
Hometown
Philadelphia, PA
Major
Art History
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Let’s just say Mount Holyoke isn’t a sports-oriented campus. There are students who faithfully participate in a sport all four years, but those who don’t probably won’t even come out to watch the games. It’s not that you can’t find sports if you’re looking for them, but the latest basketball statistics probably won’t be a hot topic of conversation around the dinner table (unless one of your friends is on the basketball team). That said, the facilities are there for some sports to really shine. Kendall is well equipped, and the Equestrian Center is a reason some students come here—not every campus has a barn and extensive indoor and outdoor riding areas, nor a famous golf course.

From the proliferation of club sports, it would seem that Mount Holyoke women play sports more for the fun of it than for the competition. Not that club sports and the few intramurals that are offered need to be any less strenuous than intercollegiate sports, but they offer a chance to participate without as much external pressure to perform. Club sports differ widely in the level of commitment involved—since they are run through Student Programs, they are largely what the students who participate make of them. They are a good way to get involved in something new and exciting, such as cheerleading, water polo, or hiking, while getting physically fit at the same time. Unfortunately, club sports don’t always get the funding they need, since the student government, which provides the funding to all clubs, rarely has enough money to give every club what it asks for.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Lyon
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
255 - 11%
Men's Varsity Sports
None
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Riding
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Boots and Saddles (equestrian club)
  • Cheerleading
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Dragonboat racing
  • Dressage
  • Fencing
  • Ice hockey
  • Ice skating
  • Karate
  • Outing club (hiking and camping)
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Water polo
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Equestrian Center
  • Kendall Sports and Dance Complex
  • Orchards Golf Course
Most Popular Sports
Rugby, crew, equestrian, dressage
Most Overlooked Teams
Tennis, basketball, track
School Spirit
Mount Holyoke students have plenty of school spirit. Most of the time, it's not of the variety you'd find at large coed school football games, with people waving banners, cheering, and painting their faces with the school colors. It's more of a low-key, but constant, presence. MHC is unique in so many ways, and those who aren't turned off by it come to love the school with a passion. Loyalty runs strong. (This also applies to alumnae.) You'll see students actually buying and wearing items from the school store that have the school name on them. Even when criticizing aspects of the school, students are doing it because they love it and want it to be the best it can be.
Getting Tickets
There is no need to get tickets. Anyone can come to watch a home event.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The paths around Upper Lake are the best places to walk. Also, try the cross-country course.
Did You Know?
Orchards Golf Course became famous in the summer of 2004, when Mount Holyoke hosted the U.S. Women's Open.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 22% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 73% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 3% 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 36 responses

  • 8% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 50% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 19% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 37 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 73% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 14% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
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