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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are usually the butt of jokes at Columbia. Barnard students who participate in Varsity Athletics play for Columbia. Columbia does have some great athletes and teams, surely, but students do not attend Barnard and Columbia for the sports.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There isn't a lot of pressure or focus on them

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most of the sports activity happens across the street. But the school spirit for homecoming week is way up, almost every students goes to the games.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Barnard doesn't have its own sports teams! All varsity athletes at Barnard play for Columbia teams. There is very little school spirit at Columbia University because our football team is not very good. We excel at certain sports, like fencing, but not a lot of people watch those competitions.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I think the athletic equipment is up-to-date and clean. I haven't utilized Barnard's fitness center, but I walk over to Columbia and their facility is fabulous!


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Through the Barnard and Columbia consortium, Barnard girls play varsity and club sports on Columbia's teams, which affords them the opportunity to compete on a larger scale than they would if Barnard had its own teams. This isn't a huge deal, however, because Columbia's sports aren't good at all, and no one watches them. You could ask 20 Barnard students what the score was at the Columbia football game, and not a single person would be able to tell you. In fact, most students can't name anyone on any of the varsity teams, or tell you where the field is or what it's called. The athletic offices always make claims that Columbia is going to come back, or that this year will be the big year, but students just don't take them seriously. There's just so much to do in New York that Barnard students don't have time for college football at a stadium that's nowhere near campus.

Playing sports and being active is great, so many people take advantage of the club and intramural sports, but very few can or want to afford the time commitment that varsity sports demand, especially for teams that aren't very good. The sports facilities could be better, but it's easy to see why the administration wouldn't want to put money into something that students aren't really that interested in, anyway. At Barnard, you can find ways to get involved with athletics and be active, especially on a non-competitive level, but just don't expect to go cheer for the team at Homecoming.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Ivy Group
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
The Bear
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
343 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Bowling
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Capoeira
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Figure skating
  • Goju Ryo Karate
  • Hiking
  • Hockey
  • Kayaking
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse
  • Moy Yee Kung Fu
  • Racquetball
  • Road runners
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan karate
  • Ski racing
  • Squash
  • Swing dancing
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Akido
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Kickball
  • Kickboxing
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Chi Chuan
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Barnard Dance Annex
  • Dodge Fitness Center
  • LeFrak Gymnasium
Most Popular Sports
Football, basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Track and field, and soccer
School Spirit
Barnard women really love their school. Each year this school spirit really comes out during the "I Love BC" spirit day. Of course, Barnard students love their school year-round, but this is really the only time that it comes out. Sometimes it is hard to identify as a Barnard student when fewer people know Barnard as compared to Columbia, and most students really feel as though they are part of both communities, given that everyone takes classes together and Barnard girls don't have their own athletic teams.
Getting Tickets
Columbia or Barnard sports are not very popular, and getting tickets is usually quite easy. They can be purchased online or by calling the ticket office at (888) 546-6711.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Riverside Park

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 8% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 45% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 48% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 39 responses

  • 13% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 5% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 74% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 8% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 38 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 29% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 55% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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