UVM’s varsity sports have seen a rise in popularity over the last few years, although it is still a mid-major Division I school in most sports. However, the men’s hockey team is regularly in the top 15 in the nation, and the skiing team has a number of team and individual national champions on its resume. While UVM lacks certain athletic powerhouses—like a football team, although a club team was recently established)—when the Catamounts start winning, people take note. UVM has a growing reputation as an upper-mid-major in Division I, with both basketball and hockey regularly competing for a chance into their respective NCAA tournaments. However, baseball and softball were recently cut and some other teams, like women’s hockey, are still in the developmental stages and have a tough time competing in the highly competitive Hockey East.
Rated one of the most fit campuses in the nation, UVM is a school where just about anyone can get involved in some form of sport. There is basically a club for every sport offered—or not offered—on the varsity level, and some clubs, such as hockey, rugby, sailing, and equestrian, are often ranked as some of the top clubs in the country. Intramurals are also a great way to get loosely involved in competitive athletics.