Medford, MA
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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are a really good D3 school for sport. Our football team is horrible, we haven't won a game in like 8 years. But it's sort of a running joke among students, and we all turn out for the homecoming game (some refer to it solely as Homecoming Defeat). But our women's sports are great, especially softball and basketball, while our Men's Lacrosse Team and Soccer Team.

2 College Student

Athletics: No one cares about the sports teams. New athletic facility is beautiful and super expensive

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is no school spirit and not much fan support sadly. A lot of our teams actually do pretty well, though.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Tufts athletics are great (although football does hold the longest NCAA losing streak, but they're great guys so it balances out). Tufts Field hockey is amazing. They won the National Championship last year and we plan to do it again soon. Softball also won a National Championship last year. The facilities are amazing as well. A new gym was just built with up to date equipment and amazing locker rooms. School spirit is great, we have a Fan the Fire organization.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym is ridiculously nice - it was recently renovated. It's open to students, staff, faculty, and community members; it has exercise equipment, a pool, an indoor track, indoor tennis/soccer courts, etc. The varsity sports are drowning in money and athletes definitely get special privileges, but the other students don't really pay attention to teams' records, etc. Sporting events aren't major social scenes on campus. The Quidditch and softball teams are particularly goood.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 927th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1351st
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Cote
Ipswich, MA
International Relations
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The University certainly doesn’t own any kind of athletic bragging rights over any other schools, which is why those who believe sports are the essence of college have probably never heard of Tufts. A little known fact, though, is that the first American college football game took place between Tufts and Harvard. Tufts has a long-standing tradition of athletics, but most students find that school spirit is not focused around sports at all.

Tufts does have a couple of pretty good teams, and the competition in the NESCAC keeps things interesting. When a team is doing well, Tufts students will support it. Intramurals and club sports are popular, and the gym is always crowded—it’s not that Tufts students are not athletic—they are just content to enjoy sports for the fun of the game, and are not looking for all the fanfare you might find at some larger state schools.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Small College Ath Conf
Basketball: New England Small College Ath Conf
School Colors
Brown and blue
School Nickname
Jumbo (PT Barnum's cherished elephant)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
440 - 17%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
352 - 13%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cycling (coed)
  • Equestrian (coed)
  • Fencing (men's)
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Skiing (coed)
  • Table tennis
  • Tae kwon do
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's, women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Water polo (coed)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Futsal (indoor soccer)
  • Lacrosse (women's)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ames Human Performance Center
  • Cousens Gymnasium
  • Gantcher Center
  • Hamilton Pool
  • Jackson Gym
  • Tennis Courts
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball, women's basketball, men's football, men's baseball, women's soccer, men's soccer, sailing
Most Overlooked Teams
Crew, ultimate Frisbee, women's volleyball
School Spirit
Students will go to Homecoming and Parents' weekend football games, and if a team is doing really well, they will get excited about it; but Tufts school spirit extends further than sports. Despite the name sounding bad at first, almost all Tufts students are proud to be Jumbos. Most Tufts students express an affinity for Jumbo, and could recite the story of how Jumbo came to be Tufts' mascot, and of the tragic fire that destroyed the real Jumbo. Most students are very happy at Tufts, and proud of their school. In times of tragedy, the campus is able to come together very quickly and support each other as members of a community. No one knows the alma mater except the a cappella groups, and most students could only mutter a few syllables of the fight song, but on Tuftonia's Day (Tufts' birthday), everyone celebrates. School spirit is hard to avoid, since the Tufts Spirit Coalition is always cooking up something.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Down Powderhouse Boulevard, past the rotary, and through to the little community park

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 47% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 49% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% 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 43 responses

  • 5% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 49% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 12% 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 would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 40 responses

  • 12% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 40% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 40% 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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