Athletics

Location
Northampton, MA
Undergrads
2,643
Tuition
$41,460
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you want to play a sport you can, but life doesn't center around sports here.

3 College Junior

Athletics: There isn't a lot of school spirit in regard to the sports but people to join the teams and have fun.

College Sophomore

Athletics: Not really involved. I may go once in awhile to see a friend's game. Rugby and crew pretty big on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't pay attention to sports, but the athletes I know are nice and are supported by other students by attendance to games, etc.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: People are involved but no one cares or pays attention.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 812nd
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1326th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dara Kagan
Hometown
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
Major
Government, with a minor in the Study of Women and Gender
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While attending an athletic event is typically not a Smithie’s first priority on a Saturday morning, home games tend to have a good-sized cheering section of students rooting for their friends. In a recent effort to promote school spirit, there was a campus-wide vote to create a new Pioneers "spirit mark," a blue-and-white emblem to go on sports uniforms and Smith merchandise; however, this was not well-received by the student body. Regardless, students who do play sports here will find the experience incredibly rewarding and a major part of their Smith experience. Whether it’s a varsity, club, or intramural sport, participants will discover the incredibly powerful team dynamic that comes from being on a women’s college athletic team—at Smith, each is truly like a family.

Smith has beautiful athletic facilities. The Olin Fitness Center is relatively new, and the gym offers an indoor track, tennis courts, pool, and rock-climbing wall. Smith’s outdoor fields are some of the most beautiful and well-maintained spaces on campus. Even if you don’t usually play sports, intramural games between the houses in sports such as soccer, kickball, and basketball are a great way to stay active, use Smith’s incredible athletic resources, and promote some friendly intra-house competition. There are also non-student-athlete programs at the gym, such as “Get Fit Smith,” and many workout classes in the afternoons, such as Awesome Abs.

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
White, blue, and yellow
School Nickname
Pioneers
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
233 - 9%
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Kung Fu
  • Rugby
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Tae kwon do
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Soccer
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ainsworth Fitness Studio
  • Cross country course
  • Equestrian Center
  • Grass fields
  • Indoor Track and Tennis Facility
  • The Olin Fitness Center
  • Outdoor track
  • Smith boathouse
  • Softball field
Most Popular Sports
Crew, rugby, softball, and swimming and diving.
Most Overlooked Teams
Synchronized swimming and ultimate Frisbee.
School Spirit
Students go to games to cheer on their school and their friends, not because sports are a major part of Smith campus culture.
Getting Tickets
Tickets aren't needed for sporting events at Smith.
Best Place to Take a Walk
There is path circling Paradise Pond that students often jog or walk around. During the fall, it is a great place to see foliage and to get away from campus. It is not lighted, so students are encouraged not to walk there at night, but some take the opportunity for a quiet, moonlit stroll.
Did You Know?
  • Smith ranks in the Top 10 among all U.S. colleges and universities in the number of women's varsity sports offered.
  • Julia Child played on the Smith basketball team.
  • Smith was the first women's college to join the NCAA.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 32% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 65% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 2% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 54% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 10% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 34% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 39 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 23% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 67% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
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