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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Students are generally interested in athletics, but it's really not as big as at some other comparable schools.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I would say fan support is supplied mostly by parents/family members but not a large portion of the student body will turn out for a particular team. Team performance for a number of our sports is not the best, but the athletic facilities that they train in are top notch. Granted, I have only been to football/rugby/basketball games, any other information I have only heard through word of mouth.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Although varsity sports aren't the most exciting the extensive interest in intramurals makes up for it.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sport remains an integral part of campus life, though not as huge as in state schools. In stead of being overwhelmingly competitive, Brown holds an open and mild attitude toward athletes and instrumental players, so that no one is under great pressure but we simply enjoy sports as an exciting activity.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I do not frequently attend sport events and games.


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Brown is not an overly athletic school. Almost every student played some varsity sport in high school, but for most students, academics and other extracurricular activities come before athletics. However, there are a full range of varsity sports and less-intense club and intramural sports. Many Brown students go for runs around campus, or they find themselves playing catch or Frisbee on the Main Green.

Sports are just one aspect of social life, and they help relieve stress from the academic rigors of the University. Brown has facilities for non-athletes to swim, work out, and play organized sports. Brown also has gifted student athletes who may go underappreciated despite winning records.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Ivy Group
Basketball: Ivy Group
School Colors
Brown, red, and white
School Nickname
The Brown Bear
Men Playing Varsity Sports
383 - 13%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
371 - 12%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Tennis (men's, women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's, women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Basketball golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Trivia bowl
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bear's Lair Athletic Center
  • Hunter S. Marston Boathouse
  • Meehan Auditorium Ice Rink
  • Olney-Margolies Athletic Center (OMAC)
  • Pembroke Field
  • Pizzitola Sports Center
  • Smith Swim Center
Most Popular Sports
The most popular sport on campus, in terms of participation, seems to be ultimate Frisbee. Overall, varsity sports tend to receive rather weak spectatorship.
Most Overlooked Teams
Although the equestrian team is ranked among the best in the nation, it rarely seems to get support or recognition.
School Spirit
Brunonians are generally very proud of their school, in all aspects. Though support for athletics is not particularly strong, students, faculty, and alumni are quick to support and recognize any accomplishment made by the school or its people.
Getting Tickets
Since most varsity athletic events are only moderately attended, it is only hard to get tickets for the biggest games of the year. In most cases, showing up to an event with your Brown ID is all you need to get in. For information, call (401) 863-2773.
Best Place to Take a Walk
For a casual stroll, there's plenty of exploring to be done just by walking the streets around campus. If you're up for a workout, a run downtown and back will give you good hill climbing training.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 96 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 9% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 62% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 27% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 95 responses

  • 29% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 8% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 60% 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 94 responses

  • 14% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 52% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 27% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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