Amherst, MA
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$26,830 ($13,415)
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4 College Junior

Athletics: If you want to be involved you can, many teams allow try-out and walk ons. It is very time demanding if you chose to participate. The DI teams are well attended, especially hockey and basketball games are really fun and popular to go to.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is pretty low and most games (besides men's hockey) are attended by most students only when they are drunk or if free tee shirts are included. The facilities are nice though.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are decent at our school. There is definitely support with basketball. Some sports get treated unfairly compared to other sports though like track.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The Mullins Center is a great venue and hockey and basketball games are the most fun. Traveling to Gillette for football blows.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: not presently a part of a team, but I hope to be.


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  • 382nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 561st
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Kahan
New York City
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UMass in its most recent years has not been known for outstanding sports teams. The school is currently on the rise, as the football team is now playing in Gillette Stadium (home of the New England Patriots), and the basketball team plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Hockey is by far the favored sport on campus, with Boston College as the biggest rivalry. At any given sporting event, there will be an abundance of attendees, but it isn't usually jam-packed, and just about any student can claim a ticket for games. In recent semesters, there has been a strong effort by various student-run organizations, such as the "Mullins Militia," to strengthen students' interest in sporting events. In addition to the University's Division I athletics, intramural sports are popular and a great distraction from homework. The UMass Recreation Center, one of many facilities, is home to a variety of basketball courts, workout machines, organized classes such as yoga and kickboxing, and more. Overall, the gyms on campus are more than adequate. If you play a varsity sport, you will have access to top-of-the-line facilities with much newer equipment. The Mullins Center is a beautiful arena, and the surrounding athletic fields, which include all of the intramural fields, are also in good shape. Overall, when it comes to sports at UMass, it is accurate to say that the Boston Red Sox are more popular here than the Minutemen. The University has a large Boston influence, and most of the enthusiasm displayed by students gets directed toward local professional teams.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-American Conference
Basketball: Atlantic 10 Conference
School Colors
Maroon and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
314 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
291 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 77
Basketball: 29
Baseball: 33
Cross Country/Track: 25
Other Sports: 187
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 50%
Basketball: 33%
Baseball: 25%
Cross Country/Track: 75%
Other Sports: 62%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Club Sports
  • Alpine skiing
  • Baseball (men's)
  • Crew (men's)
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Ice hockey (women's)
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Wrestling (men's)
  • Badminton
  • BASEketball
  • Basketball
  • Bean bag toss
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Run 'n gun football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Speedball
  • Spikeball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Boyden Gymnasium
  • Curry Hicks Cage
  • Earl Lorden Field
  • Joseph J. Rogers Jr. Pool
  • Mullens Center Ice Rink
  • Mullins Tennis Courts
  • Recreation Center
  • Richard F. Garber Field
  • Rudd Field
  • Southwest Horseshoe Basketball Courts
  • UMass Softball Complex
  • UMass Track & Field Complex
  • Varsity Weight Room
  • Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium
  • William D. Mullins Memorial Center
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football, hockey
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, crew, club soccer
School Spirit
Although school spirit is not as big at UMass as it is at other large state schools, it is on the rise with the help of student groups dedicated to growing attendance rates to sporting events. You can see many students representing maroon and white, the school colors, throughout campus. There are certain sporting events that are known to draw big crowds at UMass, like Midnight Madness, the Homecoming football game and various tailgates.
Getting Tickets
All regular season sporting events are free for students—just show up with your student ID.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The best places to take a walk are around the campus pond, the bike path, or the center of town.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 151 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 65% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 21% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 152 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 32% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 43% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 24% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 150 responses

  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 48% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 47% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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