South Bend, IN
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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics here are great! There are a wide variety variety of sports including football, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, etc. The athletes perform very well and school spirit and fan support are high. Game day, especially for football, is always crazy and super fun.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football is HUGE here, sometimes to the detriment of the values of the school. I like the gyms a lot.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not active in athletics.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love Notre Dame football!!!

5 College Junior

Athletics: Notre Dame's varsity athletics teams are typically vying for conference or national championships and, if possible, intramural athletics are just as competitive as the varsity athletics. So many of the students here starred in sports in high school and chose to attend ND because they preferred to pursue academics rather than go to a small Division I program.


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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
  • NAA
  • NCAA
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 55 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.
  • 42% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 47% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 54 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 4% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 63% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 33% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 4% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 48% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 48% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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