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Athletics: I've never been to a sporting event so I don't really know much about the sports here.

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Athletics: Allot of people exercise and keep fit in boston...Like its crazy how active everyone is! but sport is a big part of northeastern as we are generally good at most sports we are part of but there isn't a huge momentum behind the teams from the rest of the student body, if sports your thing there will be people there to support you and you aren't stereotyped for being a varsity kid, but everyone has their own thing at northeastern so there isn't much of a sports culture on campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics are pretty good at Northeastern. Definitely not the best I have seen, seeing as we do not have a football team, but hockey and basketball are still very popular and definitely have people packing the game at Matthews Arena. Other sports including rowing are not as popular for spectators, but very good. For those not participating in varsity sports, the club program is fairly good with access to some amenities such as weight lifting.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We don't have a football team, but the athletic facilities, such as marino and the other gyms are pretty great!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Northeastern has one of the top rowing teams as well as one of the top basketball teams in the country, the school is very supportive of its team especially when they go off to competitions. And for injured athletes the support you can get is amazing.


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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
  • NAA
  • NCAA
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 popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 131 responses

  • 4% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 60% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 34% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 131 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 40% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 34% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 130 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 68% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.



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