Athletics

Location
Collegeville, PA
Undergrads
1,651
Tuition
$43,270
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Athletics: i play 2 varsity sports, for us everything is good.

4 College Senior

Athletics: There hasn't seemed to be a lot of school/fan spirit around sporting events, but to counter that some students started a club specifically for the spirit of raising school spirit. The teams are usually tight-knit and have the support of each other and their friends, and the athletic facilities are quite good.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: 34% of students are varsity athletes, and TONS of people play IM or club sports. Most teams rank pretty well in the Centennial Conference.The Athletic Department is really supportive of athletes and coaches but can be a little dumb when it comes to stupid rules regarding apparel and stuff like that. As a varsity athlete, I know first hand how strong team camaraderie is here. Teammates eat together, party together, and always have each others backs. It can get a little cliquey, but people are generally friendly. For me, the swim team is my family here and I can depend on them for anything. I never experienced any hazing, and drinking with the team was always an invitation not an obligation.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Well Rounded in Sports – There is every sport you can name and the team and members are very competitive while maintaining intellectual requirement

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not to Shabby for a School of 2,000 – Our small school takes a lot of pride in sports. In fact, a lot of student athletes are also majoring in Exercise Sports and Science. A majority of students are involved in sports and those who are not definitely come out to support their friends who are. The facilities take up a majority of the campus and the coaches are as dedicated as they are genuine.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 695th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 802nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Centennial Conference
Basketball: Centennial Conference
School Colors
Red, old gold, and black
School Nickname
Bears
Men Playing Varsity Sports
291 - 36%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
215 - 22%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Fencing
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Intramurals
  • 5-on-5 basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Indoor field hockey
  • Indoor soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baseball field
  • Floy Lewis Bakes Center
  • Patterson Field
  • Practice Field North
  • Practice Field South
  • Snell Field
  • Softball field
  • Tennis courts
  • Wilkes Field
  • William Elliott Pool
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball, football, and women's rugby are very popular sports to attend.
Most Overlooked Teams
The team that probably gets the least respect is gymnastics, which usually performs very well. The field hockey team is always fun to watch but does not get as great of a turnout as some of the other teams.
School Spirit
Ursinus students have a weird sense of school spirit. Most seem to genuinely love the school but sometimes have a strange way of showing it. They complain a lot about the quality of certain things (such as the food), and some claim there is a departmental bias toward the sciences. But, if an Ursinus student is asked whether he likes the school, he will usually say yes. For most students, despite Ursinus' few drawbacks, coming here was probably the best decision they've made. This feeling is especially noticeable when they talk about the College. Almost every student on campus has at least one item of clothing with "Ursinus" on it.
Getting Tickets
Most games are free except for occasional fundraisers, which are well advertised and easy to get tickets for.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Perkiomen Trail practically runs through the campus's backyard. It's one of the finest trails in the area, and it leads
to Philadelphia.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 67% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 33% 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 12 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 25% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 50% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 67% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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