Hockey, RPI's only Division I sport, is hands down the student body's favorite. NHL stars Joe Juneau and Adam Oates both went through the program. Football is an early fall favorite until it turns cold, at which point attendance drops off. Intramurals are very popular among students, though, and a very wide range of clubs and intramural sports are offered.
While RPI is a Division III school, the student athletes take athletics very seriously. Hockey and football are the only two that draw a crowd, but the others are still highly competitive within their conference. Don't be fooled by the fact RPI is Division III-those who participate in varsity sports spend as much time and effort practicing as those at any Division I school. Many students find they don't have the time to dedicate to the rigor of varsity sports, though, which is why intramural sports and clubs are so popular. They provide an opportunity for students to remain active but without the demanding requirements of a collegiate sports program.