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4 College Senior

Athletics: The athletics on campus are very important and games are always announced and tickets are very much sought after.

College Junior

Athletics: Not too knowledgeable about our sports programs

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not athletic enough to give a fully realized review, but for a non athlete I too can be pulled into the husky spirit that pervades the campus. It's infectious. Students here are very proud to be a part of the husky community and it shows in (from what I can see) their athletic provisions, teams and fans.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I only have experience with the Marino Center, but it's a pretty great facility. Their summer/holiday hours can be irritating, however.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are not as big here as they are in other schools but it's still big in my opinion. In your four (or five) years at Northeastern, I guarantee that you'll be cheering for the Huskies!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 640th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 852nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jenn Sinrich
Swampscott, MA
Grad Year
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The city environment does limit the space for athletic arenas for the University. Northeastern's football team was cut in 2009, one of the reasons being the lack of attendance at sports games due to the fact that Parsons Field was a considerable distance from the University. Basketball and hockey, however, are still very popular at Northeastern, and many students head to Matthews Arena to support the teams. "The Beanpot" is an annual hockey tournament between Boston College, Northeastern, Boston University, and Harvard. It has become one of the biggest sports events of the winter season in Boston. 

Unless you're getting tickets for the Beanpot, getting tickets to Northeastern sports games is fairly easy. All students can obtain two tickets for free just by showing their Northeastern ID. The school spirit at athletic events is not comparable to that of bigger schools or state schools, but there is always cheering and excitement among students.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Colonial Athletic Association
School Colors
Red and black
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
188 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
246 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 71
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 16
Cross Country/Track: 32
Other Sports: 182
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 17%
Basketball: 43%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 60%
Other Sports: 62%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Ice hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Alpine skiing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Color guard
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey (men's, women's)
  • Inline hockey
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Paintball
  • Powerlifting
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Softball
  • Squash (men's, women's)
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's, women's)
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Barletta Natatorium
  • Cabot Center
  • Friedman Diamond
  • Henderson Boathouse
  • Matthews Arena
  • Parsons Field
  • Reggie Lewis Center
  • Solomon Court
  • Solomon Track
  • Sweeney Field
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, hockey
Most Overlooked Teams
Crew, field hockey, track
School Spirit
Students wear black and red, the school's colors, around campus and to many events.
Getting Tickets
Go to Matthews Arena and get an "NU Sports Pass." Tickets are not required for admission to soccer, volleyball, field hockey, swimming and diving, track and field, rowing, or baseball games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Students enjoy walking along the Charles River, around the perimeter of the Fens, or strolling and window shopping on Newbury Street.
Did You Know?
Matthews Arena, home of the Northeastern men's and women's ice hockey teams, is the oldest surviving indoor ice hockey arena in the world!

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 143 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 69% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 144 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 42% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 33% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 24% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 144 responses

  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 60% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 35% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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