Medford, MA
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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football team has not won a game in 3 years but there are definitely some good teams if you want to watch games. Athletes tend to be the majority of attendees at athletic events. School spirit is pretty minimal.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Tufts has an excellent and very successful athletic program, whether it's varsity, club, or intramural. There's a great academic and athletic balance for student athletes.

3 College Student

Athletics: Um sports aren't exactly a big part of student life. They garner attention/support when there are special events or when a team is doing particularly good (i.e. women's basketball this year), but they are by far not an exciting part of student life. The gym is REALLY nice, especially the narp gym, which is apparently even nicer than the athlete gym.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not involved in the athletic scene at school but it's obvious many students are, at least, moderately interested. in my experience, at least some students participate in athletic events.

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.


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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
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 would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 44 responses

  • 14% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 36% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 43% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 47 responses

  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 51% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 13% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 32% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 43% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 53% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 4% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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