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1 College Freshman

Athletics: Again, my feelings relate solely to one varsity sport that was greatly disappointing and the responsibility for this is top down. I am certain that there are teams with strong leaders that promote Christian conduct, discipline, unity, team spirit, and a welcoming environment and don't have an older coach trying to hang out and be one of his players rather than being a leader and defining expected character of the team. I have been an avid athlete since age four and worked very hard all my life to play college sports. My varsity sport experience was so disappointing that I resigned my position on the team and I was a starter. My family and I were heart broken, but the team environment was unacceptable.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't really identify with the athletic department, so I cannot give an accurate rating.

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Athletics: The school focuses on academics, not athletics. It does not offer athletic scholarships.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Football has become a big deal on campus. It doesn't overshadow academics, but it's a big deal that a lot of people enjoy participating in. There is a sense of community on campus and it shows in the turn outs we have for the football team.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: lots of options, great teams, great commeraderie


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Although leadership—not athletics—is the central focus for students, sports do provide a great way to show school pride. Berry's most popular sport is basketball, by far. The Cage Center (where basketball, swimming and diving, and volleyball meets/games are played) is packed most home game nights. Across all sports, the most popular games are versus Shorter University, Berry's rival college. These games draw the biggest crowds and elicit the most school spirit from students. Over the past few years, Berry has added swimming and diving, softball, and lacrosse as on-campus sports teams. These sports are slowly gaining momentum and a presence on campus. Other sports that draw moderate crowds are soccer and baseball. Berry does not have a football team, but the recent switch to NCAA D-III raised suspicion about the likelihood of a team starting. If one is implemented, it will not take place for at least a decade.

Intramural teams are popular, as well. They take place all year long and include sports like soccer, flag football, and five-on-five basketball. Some teams have been established for years, and it is almost seen as an honor to be asked to join one. Some teams, especially flag football, go to the state playoffs every year and rarely disappoint. In addition, sports facilities around campus are well maintained. The most notable, the Cage Center, is a great facility and holds a lot more people than the other two smaller gyms on campus, Richards and Ford. Aside from sporting events, the Cage has a state-of-the-art exercise center, a one-eighth-mile track, and dance rooms for classes like yoga, step aerobics, and Zumba.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
School Colors
Blue and silver
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
133 - 22%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
168 - 13%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Crew
  • Outdoors club
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • The Cage Center
  • Ford Field
  • Richards Gym/Tennis Courts
  • South Ford Field
  • Stonebridge Golf Club
  • William R. Bowdoin Field
Most Popular Sports
Basketball is by far the most popular sport at Berry.
Most Overlooked Teams
Golf, soccer, and swimming and diving
School Spirit
Students have a lot of pride on campus. Sporting events are where pride is usually expressed, and even students who aren't as spirited can't help but stand up and cheer in a heated game for the Vikings.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are free to students. The only games you need tickets for are the Berry/Shorter basketball games, which can be picked up at the Information Desk in Krannert Center.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Mountain Campus

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 21% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 71% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 7% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 58 responses

  • 43% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 34% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 21% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 58 responses

  • 19% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 60% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 16% 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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