Rochester, NY
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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: we're only division 1 in squash. football is a joke

3 College Junior

Athletics: Only some of our teams get attention from students, but overall it is not a huge part of campus life. The facilities are very clean, but it couldn't hurt to have more school spirit.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I am a member of a varsity team and I think the dedication the school makes to each and every team is fantastic and extremely supportive.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: We are more into academics than sports...but for people into sports the activities and environment are there, just not as prevalent as D1 schools.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: University of Rochester isn't known as a sports school - it's way more noticed for academics which isn't a bad thing. There are lots of students who participate in sports however, and spirit weeks do help with the attendance at the events. Chances are, you know a couple people who play varsity sports and will want to come out and support them. The facilities are really nice and super accessible for non athletes.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 139th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1313rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dave Levy
Randolph, NJ
History and International Relations
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Students are into intramurals, which tends to be the less serious and more fun side of athletics. The general feeling on sports is there is not much reason to support UR varsity athletics. Due to our position as a Division III school, the athletics are less high profile than a larger school, and hence, the lower fan turnout. There is a large amount of the student body that participate in sports themselves, there's just not that many people watching. UR also does not give athletic scholarships, so no superstars for sports show up.

You do see a lot of UR students involved in one facet of athletics or another. Many are die-hards for their own sports; the crew team is a particularly fierce group of people and is up at five in the morning to row on the Genesee River. Intramurals are a way for students to stay active even if it's not participating in a varsity sport. You can start a team on your hall or with your friends and not have to worry about lots of practices, though some intramural sports can be competitive. As a whole, UR is very into fitness; if you ask, you'd find that nearly every student goes to the gym on a regular basis. There is also a fair amount of opportunity for sports, everything from equestrian to cricket. If you're someone who likes to be active and involved in sports, you definitely can be.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: University Athletic Association
Basketball: University Athletic Association
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Rocky the Yellowjacket
Men Playing Varsity Sports
288 - 11%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
223 - 8%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew (men's and women's)
  • Cycling
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Ice hockey (men's and women's)
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Outing club
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan karate
  • Ski and Snowboard
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Squash (women's)
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tai Chi
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Wado Ryu Karate
  • Water polo
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Fauver Stadium
  • Goergen Athletic Center
  • Grass Playing Fields
  • Peter Lyman Tennis Center
  • Speegle-Wilbraham Pool
  • Spurrier Gym
Most Popular Sports
Basketball is mostly popular since the team has generally made the D3 NCAA tournament the past few years. Both men's and women's are well-attended for the bigger games.
Most Overlooked Teams
Volleyball, squash
School Spirit
School spirit is strong here. Most people love the UofR and show it by wearing clothes all the time. Attendance at some sporting events is strong, though it is still sorely lacking.
Getting Tickets
Most games are free, the exception being the NCAA tournament. Games are never sold out.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Along the Genesee River

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 31% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 60% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 10% 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 55 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 33% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 20% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 47% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 46 responses

  • 9% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 24% 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.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.


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