Providence, RI
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3 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports are important and students generally support them, but the intramural sports seem more widely participated in than the varsity sports events. the school supports healthy living.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: PC's D1 athletics are very competitive and are a major part of campus life.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I have attended a few home games for our men ice hockey team and each time I have went, there are many people who come and support our team. It not only occurs with the ice hockey team but with all of our sports teams.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: PC puts a lot of time and money into athletic facilities. We are the Big East Champions! Tons of fan support for basketball and hockey. Other sports (I play volleyball at PC) do not get much recognition or fan support so school spirit is very much limited. However all facilities are new and equipped with the new and great working machines.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Great gym, great sports teams

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  • 151st
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 473rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Mathieu
Groton, CT
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The lights go out, and a spotlight illuminates the door. The crowd is hyped, screaming and counting down the seconds until midnight. Three, two, one, and with a deafening roar, the basketball season has officially begun. For all PC students, Late-Night Madness is one event you must attend. Being a Division I school in the Big East, men’s basketball is by far the biggest sport at PC. Friar fanatics pack the Dunk or McPhails to watch the games, and with the coach named the 2008 Associated Press Basketball Coach of the Year, Friar fans have never been more revved up. School spirit extends to hockey and lacrosse, as well, and, generally, all the sports have a decent turnout. Since most students won’t compete on a Division I team, intramurals are huge, yet anyone of any degree of athleticism can play and have tons of fun.

Great school spirit and enthusiasm is a must for any PC student. All sporting events, excluding men’s basketball, are free. Also free are the highly coveted IM championship shirts. With a large selection of IM and club sports—a list that is always growing according to the demands of students—there is no reason why the athletically inclined cannot continue their practice. If it’s not already offered at PC, you can start it!


Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Big East Conference
School Colors
Black and white
School Nickname
The Friar
Men Playing Varsity Sports
162 - 10%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
182 - 8%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Crew
  • Dance team
  • Figure skating
  • Golf
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Ultimate disc
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Hall
  • Concannon Fitness Center
  • The Dunkin' Donuts Center
  • Peterson Recreation Center
  • Schneider Arena
  • Watzek Sports Center
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball and hockey are the most important sports at PC, drawing local fans as well as alumni. All of the IM sports are popular, especially volleyball, softball, basketball, and wiffleball.
Most Overlooked Teams
The women's rugby team is phenomenal. Their trips to nationals have definitely expanded their fan base, though.
School Spirit
Providence students are full of pep and vigor, particularly when it comes to their school. There are black-out games where fans wore all black, and when it comes to men's basketball, anything goes. The new logo is definitely an improvement, and everyone owns a closet full of PC apparel. PCers are definitely united around our sports teams, although they show this school spirit when discussing the school itself. Although some are not as enthusiastic as others, the majority of students love PC and share that love with anyone and everyone.
Getting Tickets
Tickets for the men's basketball game are available through the Ticket Office in Peterson. They are also sold in Ray and Slavin during meal times. All other sports are free, so just throw on some Friar gear and head over.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Slavin Lawn

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 71% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 29% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 16% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 48% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 35% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 29% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 55% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 13% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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