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College Freshman

Athletics: I do not participate in athletics at school. While there is a wide variety of options for students (everything from cross-fit to zumba to taekwondo to horseback riding) I do not think that my review would be helpful.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: We're a D3 school. If you're here for a ra-ra athletics kind of community, it's not really here. We emphasize /scholar/ athletes.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are not that big here.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is great but no one goes to games

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The academics here are incredibly strenuous so being a student athlete requires a delicate balance. lots of people do it and the friendships are very close but the rest of the campus does not attend games very often.


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Students would rather take a PE class or join a club sport than join a varsity team or watch a varsity game, which translates to meager crowds at sporting events and little funding for athletics. Still, students who are involved in sports praise the coaches and play their sport with the same intensity that they devote to academics. Varsity teams play against Haverford, Swarthmore, Franklin & Marshall, Dickinson, Gettysburg, Muhlenberg, Ursinus, Washington, McDaniel, and Johns Hopkins. Many teams also compete in Seven Sisters Tournaments. Reasons for playing range from wanting to learn an exciting new sport to wanting to be part of a competitive team. Members of many sports teams form sub-cultures of their own—throwing their own parties, eating together, and of course, spending many hours practicing together.

If you’re a stellar female athlete in search of the glory of being cheered on by thousands of fans and being carried off of the field at the end of the game, then this isn’t the school for you. Your friends might come to a few games, but more often than not, your biggest fans will be your fellow teammates and your coach.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Centennial Conference
School Colors
Yellow, white, and black
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
153 - 8%
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Bi-college rugby
  • Bi-college Ultimate Frisbee
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Karate
  • Squash
  • Synchronized skating
  • Water Polo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Applebee Field
  • Petts Studio Fitness Center
  • Schwartz Gym
  • Shillingford Field
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Courts
Most Popular Sports
The rugby team is the most popular and most accomplished team on campus. They are one of the few teams on campus to attract a spectator following, even though their field has few seats. Fans are usually willing to stand or sit in the wet grass.
Most Overlooked Teams
Few sports teams at Bryn Mawr can boast not being overlooked.
School Spirit
School spirit is always high during Traditions. During the rest of the year, school spirit is a lot more subtle. More apparent on a daily basis is "department spirit," demonstrated by department T-shirts and most students' excitement when talking about their major. Athletes are also a spirited bunch, though sports are not a basis for school spirit like at larger universities. The honor code also generates a lot of pride, as it is one of the strongest in the U.S. Overall, there is a lot of pride about Bryn Mawr's academic strengths, and though the grumbling about the work we have sometimes muffles the evidence, Mawrters wouldn't have it any other way.
Getting Tickets
You do not need a ticket; just show up for the games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Through the residential neighborhoods of Bryn Mawr or on Haverford's nature trail.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 3% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 50% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 47% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 28 responses

  • 29% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 7% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 50% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 14% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 30 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 63% 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.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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