Athletics usually take a backseat to academics, but Ursinus students certainly play hard. There is a lot of participation in sports, and unlike certain Division I schools, most athletes here are intelligent off the field, as well. The Centennial Conference—which includes like-minded schools such as Franklin & Marshall, Dickinson, and Swarthmore—ensures that Ursinus athletes always have a chance to compete. The football and basketball teams are big crowd draws and are fun to attend. There is usually a small, passionate crowd of followers who make it a point to raise spirit. However, the general school spirit regarding athletics is a bit low. Very few non-athletic students can tell you when the next match is or what the score of the previous game was. On the plus side, this makes it very easy to attend games and get good seats.
Intramural sports are very popular. Perhaps it is because there is less pressure to succeed and more incentive to have fun, but whatever the case, students are more willing to play intramurals than varsity. There is a fair amount of variety in the sports offered (heck, we even have a dodgeball league), so intramurals are a popular athletic choice for students.