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3 College Junior

Athletics: I don't play a sport at school and don't really talk to athletes on campus, so I can't say much. People do attend some games, but not often since student-athletes and rest of the campus don't really talk to each other. Teams are tight and don't really expend energy to communicate with people not on the teams; non-athletes usually find friends on their own. The only large event where the whole school congregates is out Homecoming game. And even then, it's not for the sports, but for the atmosphere.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We have a great football team and there's a lot of emphasis and health and well-being.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our sports are very good, often winning national/conference championships, but games are typically not very well attended. I get the sense that people generally only go if they have a friend on the team or if it's a particularly important game (NESCAC finals, Williams game, homecoming). Socially, being on a team, varsity or club (particularly frisbee and crew), is generally very helpful, and a lot of teams seem to exclusively socialize with themselves or other athletes, leading to what some call an athlete-nonathlete divide. There's definitely certain areas of campus that are seen as where athletes hang out, or where athletes live. It will be interesting to see if the demolition of the Socials and decrease of suite-style housing will do anything to bridge that divide. On the administrative side, there's definitely been complaints about lack of funding for club and intramural sports, in which a lot of people participate, particularly when it comes to field time. Club sports are administered and funded by the student government, but people seem to think it would be better to consolidate all athletic activities under the athletic department. Overall, though, Amherst has many opportunities for students to get involved in sports at different levels, and it is easy to start a new intramural league for anything that isn't already available.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: hours of availability for non athletes are very limited

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports play an integral role at Amherst, with the majority of the student body engaged in some sort of team sport and the social scene being dominated by athletes. Many Amherst teams excel in Division 3 competitions, and school spirit is high, especially against Williams and at Homecoming. Athletic facilities for both athletes and non-athletes are well maintained and easily accessible.

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Like other Northeastern selective schools, Amherst maintains a highly developed and competitive athletic regimen. Most student athletes simply love their teams, their teammates, coaches, and the fact that they get to go out and compete. Students here have sports as a legitimate outlet for the competitiveness inherent in most Amherst students. Most intercollegiate games don’t see capacity crowds, but loyal groups of alumni and parents keep things lively. Nonetheless, in big games, either in the postseason or against Williams College, seats can be hard to find. Above all, students love their football and men’s basketball teams. A vigorous rivalry, which fortunately is restricted to gametime, exists between Amherst and the other NESCAC colleges, especially Williams. It’s not rare for student athletes to devote most of their energy and effort in their four years here to the various varsity teams they are members of. Overall, students are quite proud of the legacy and friendships they’ve created through athletics and athletic groups.

For students who are not recruited, several more exotic sports are out there. Sailing, skiing, and ultimate Frisbee are all options that provide physical challenges to active students. Outside of those students who are into varsity or club sports, many are not into sports at all, except for working out, which is why there are only a few intramural options. Working out has become a kind of plague among the student body, and the gym is now a campus-wide gathering place.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Small College Ath Conf
Basketball: New England Small College Ath Conf
School Colors
Purple and white
School Nickname
Lord Jeff, named after Lord Jeffery Amherst
Men Playing Varsity Sports
320 - 36%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
242 - 27%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Crew (men and women)
  • Equestrian team
  • Fencing
  • Mountain biking
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men'sĀ and women's)
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Gym
  • Coolidge Cage
  • Davenport Squash Courts
  • LeFrak Gym
  • Orr Rink
  • Pratt Pool
  • Tennis Courts
  • Wolff Fitness Center
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football, soccer, track & field, club sports, and most IM sports
Most Overlooked Teams
Hockey, women's lacrosse
School Spirit
Some alumni are really proud of Amherst and the sports teams. In big games, the football field and the basketball court are filled to capacity. When the Amherst basketball team went to play in the national championship tournament several years ago, the school arranged for students and faculty to watch the game via a direct satellite feed. Current students, in their time here, become slowly, but surely, proud of their school, both in terms of athletics and otherwise.
Getting Tickets
Games are free to Amherst students. However, if a particular team is playing in the NESCAC tournament or the NCAA tournament, there is usually a fee. Tickets for these games can be purchased at the door, and students get a discount price.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The bike trail, which starts from the area of the gym and sprawls into the majestic forest behind the soccer field.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 50% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 45% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 24 responses

  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 42% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 22 responses

  • 14% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 64% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 18% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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