South Bend, IN
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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: If there's a sport, there is a 99.5% chance that we not only have facilities for it, but also an intramural league to play it

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: A lot of people play sports. We have intramural sports, dorm sports, club sports and varsity sports. Almost everyone is involved in one sport or more. The intramural sports and dorm sports are super relaxed and low commitment. On the other hand, club sports can get very intense; it depends mostly on the sport. As far as varsity sports, almost all the athletes are recruits. It is pretty hard to walk on to any of the varsity sports, but I do know people that have done it. Good luck if you are trying to walk on! Football is by far the most watched sport. Some professors let students out early on Fridays of football weekend. The campus is packed on football weekends. Everyone is super spirited! Football weekends are my favorite part of ND. Don't worry if you don't know anything about football; you will love it by the time you graduate. Everyone attends the games and the tailgates. It is a ton of fun!

4 College Junior

Athletics: There are tons of intramural sports available to students and the sporting events are fun. I wish the football tickets were a little cheaper but whatever.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Notre Dame has been voted the best fan base and the best alumni in the nation.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The campus revolves around football in the fall.


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  • 32nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 67th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Barker
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No matter how you look at it, the term "Fighting Irish" goes beyond the realm of athletics, but make no mistake about it, sports are a huge part of life at Notre Dame. Whether it's on the playing field or in the stands, Notre Dame students love a good fight. Sports are a part of the Notre Dame tradition. Most students play sports, have played sports, love sports, or are learning to love them here. Whether varsity or intramural, students flock to watch and participate in Notre Dame athletics. With varsity sports ranging from water polo to football, and IM sports including figure skating and basketball, there's certainly much more to do here than study.

If Notre Dame wasn't a Catholic university, it would be religiously affiliated with sports. Notre Dame is the epitome of the college athletic tradition. Students here do not sit during football or basketball games. They bathe themselves in Kelly green paint, spell out IRISH on bared bodies, and will spend four hours standing in the snow to watch the Fighting Irish play. And believe me, they'll play anything. From inter-hall football to horseshoes, there's a sport for anyone willing to participate. The spirit, determination, student participation, and the expansive program vaults Notre Dame's athletics into a champion's spot.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Division I-A Independents
Basketball: Big East Conference
School Nickname
Fighting Irish "The Leprechaun"
Men Playing Varsity Sports
433 - 10%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
289 - 7%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 77
Basketball: 22
Baseball: 19
Cross Country/Track: 38
Other Sports: 263
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 76%
Basketball: 80%
Baseball: 67%
Cross Country/Track: 100%
Other Sports: 96%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Bowling
  • Boxing (men's and women's)
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Fly fishing
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey (women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Pom pom squad
  • Rowing (men's)
  • Rugby
  • Running (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Squash
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • World Tae Kwan Do Federation Club
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Broomball
  • Cross country
  • Dodgeball
  • Floor hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Arlotta Stadium
  • Charles W. "Lefty" Smith Jr. Ice Rink
  • Courtney Tennis Center
  • Eck Tennis Center
  • Frank Eck Stadium
  • Guglielmino Athletics Complex
  • Haggar Fitness Center
  • Joyce Center
  • Joyce Center Field House
  • Joyce Center Field House Ice Rink
  • LaBar Practice Complex
  • Loftus Center
  • Melissa Cook Stadium
  • Notre Dame Boathouse
  • Notre Dame Golf Course
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame Track & Field Stadium
  • Outdoor Facilities
  • Purcell Pavilion
  • Rockne Memorial Center
  • Rolfs Aquatic Center
  • Rolfs Family All-Season Varsity Golf Facility
  • Rolfs Sports Recreation Center
  • St. Joseph Beach
  • Walter Langford Gymnasium
  • Warren Golf Course
Most Popular Sports
Football, then basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball and cross country
Getting Tickets
Season tickets are available to all students. Students are notified about ticket availability and purchasing times via e-mail.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the lakes

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 63 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 41% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 48% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 62 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 5% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 60% 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 popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 3% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 47% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 50% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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