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3 College Junior

Athletics: This is a small liberal arts school. It's not about the sports they just kind of exist and occasional people attend events. Nothing special by any means.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The football team is terrible, which takes away from a lot of school spirit. People only really attend varsity sporting events if they are drunk or as a joke. Club sports are far more popular and those athletes are a lot nicer people to be around.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I do not really know much about the athletics at my school since I am not up to date with them.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Meets the demands of the general students, not the demands of the athletes

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams aren't great but they've got spirit -- unfortunately, they occupy so many hours that it was next to impossible for me to use the weight room on my class schedule.


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In terms of athletics, Allegheny is a Division III school, but some might describe the College as just plain "divisive." Although many of the College's varsity sports are competitive, it's likely that the rest of campus hasn't a clue as to which teams are doing well each season. Allegheny has simply never been a college where the primary focus is athletics, nor does it offer many scholarships for sports. However, the sports and recreation center is usually abuzz throughout the day with club or intramural practices. A prospective student walking through the athletic facilities could definitely run into a fencing lesson, a pick-up game of dodgeball, or get pulled into the squash courts for some one-on-one. 

The school has made an effort to bring more school spirit to games by giving out free T-shirts and establishing "Gold Rush" games (where students are encouraged to wear gold); these efforts have only partially been successful. What does set Allegheny apart is the amount of faculty who join intramural teams and enjoy playing against the students. If you love sports, you will definitely be able to play, and you'll make great friends on your team. Unfortunately, though, the stands likely won't be filled with hundreds of screaming fans wearing gold and blue.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: North Coast Athletic Conference
Basketball: North Coast Athletic Conference
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
268 - 28%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
157 - 14%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Ice hockey (men's)
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Skiing/snowboarding
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
David V. Wise Sports and Fitness Center
Most Popular Sports
Varsity basketball and football are the most popular among fans, and track and football seem to be the most popular to play. Most intramural sports are pretty popular, as well, especially ultimate Frisbee.
Most Overlooked Teams
Most teams at Allegheny are overlooked.
School Spirit
Most students don't have school spirit in the "sports nut" sense of the word, but many are proud that they go to Allegheny for the academic reputation. People that play on the sports teams will sometimes show a little more school spirit than the rest, but even they don't seem that peppy about it. Although you will see the occasional person wearing an Allegheny sweatshirt on campus, you'll never see much more than that-not even during a big event.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are required for basketball and football games and are purchased at the door.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Woodcock Park, the Wise Center, around town
Did You Know?
Allegheny students recently created a club sport in Quidditch named "Dumbledore's Army."

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 6% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 71% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 23% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 70 responses

  • 27% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 17% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 53% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 71 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 75% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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