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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Champlain doesn't have any sports. We only have intramurals which are quite popular. We have a nice sized gym and fitness studio.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Champlain College was very few sporty people so the quality of the sports teams are sub-par...but their are intramural sports every week night!

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are no varsity sports here only intramural teams and clubs. I thought that this would be fine however I miss being able to go to football games and showing school spirit.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Very few athletics, small gym with a few yoga classes though

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1 College Student

Athletics: Champlain college is not the place to go for athletics. While there are intramural clubs here, they are not widely participated in at all. Its just a couple of guys passing a ball around for an hour on Wednesdays.


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In 2000, Champlain eliminated all varsity athletics on campus to focus on offering students other recreational opportunities. Today, students are left with beautiful facilities including Argosy Gymnasium and the IDX Wellness Center and Fitness Studio. 

Students recognize the lack of school spirit as a result of the absence of division sports. There are plenty of athletic people that come to Champlain and enjoy playing various intramural sports, which are available every weeknight. The volleyball and cross-country teams are starting to get more serious and looking to compete against other schools in the near future. Already, Champlain's rugby (girls and guys) and ice hockey (coed) play against other collegiate club teams. There is also a dance team. Others who just want to be fit and not play team sports can enjoy fitness in the IDX Wellness Fitness Studio, where there are classes including yoga, kickboxing, Zumba, RIPPED, and other strength and cardio training.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: N/A
School Colors
White and green
School Nickname
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Tag rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Argosy Gymnasium
  • IDX Fitness Studio
  • IDX Wellness Center
Most Popular Sports
Champlain rugby club was formed in 2007 and competes against other local college teams. Both men and women have their own teams on campus. There is fall and spring rugby.
Most Overlooked Teams
The club ice hockey team plays Saint Michael's club team and various other men's leagues in the area at local venues (Essex High School, Leddy Park). Other athletics that are overlooked are parkour and free running, dodgeball, and ultimate Frisbee.
School Spirit
With a lack of division sports, there is not much school spirit surrounding athletics. Only a small group of students attend the club ice hockey and rugby games. Most students are indifferent to watching sports at Champlain, but enjoy playing them.
Getting Tickets
No Champlain athletics require tickets.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Burlington Bike Path and Waterfront Park are great places to walk, run, or bike along Lake Champlain. There are also great paths in Winooski at the Intervale and a nature path outside of Champlain's Spinner Place apartments. Walking downtown from campus to Church Street for shopping and restaurants is less than a mile, and there is great nightlife.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 4% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 15% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 79% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 54 responses

  • 35% 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.
  • 44% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 13% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 28% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 32% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 38% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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