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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is not a lot of emphasis on athletic success at CMC. There are varsity sports, but players don't receive a lot of benefits for being a student athlete, unlike D1 schools. There is a new gym facility that was recently opened, it's huge and amazing.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Having played a varsity sport at CMC, I can say that the facilities are some of the best in the country. There is sometimes a disconnect between sports and academics- given that it's a very academic school- which makes doing both difficult at times.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Too much money was put in to the new facility though.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Some athletics teams are great (golf and tennis come to mind). Others are pretty mediocre (football). No one goes to football games. People generally don't go to basketball games either, except the rivalry game against Pomona-Pitzer, which is super high-energy and a great experience (Greg Popovitch called playing at CMC's old basketball court the most intense coaching experience he's ever had when he coached Pomona-Pitzer back in the day).

Athletic facilities are pretty mediocre right now, but a huge new $50,000,000 athletic center is about to open, so they should get a lot better starting in the spring of 2016.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our varsity sports teams are not all amazing, but participation in athletics is very common at this school. Many CMCers are student-athletes, but generally, academics are above and beyond more important to these students. Sporting events are attended and are fun, but I would compare them more to high school games than college events. While not everyone attends sporting events and some do not participate in varsity or club sports, intramural sports are popular and effortless to get involved with. Overall, school spirit here is about much more than sports team pride. Sco stags and athenas!


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Athletes at CMC exemplify the student athlete. While many student athletes at other schools need to choose between their sport and a social life, at CMC, it is very possible to have both. Some athletes are even in season twice a year.

Because of CMC's size, everybody knows a varsity student athlete (roughly 40% of students play varsity). Even more students are involved in club teams and pick-up games, making campus a very athletic place. CMC joins forces with Harvey Mudd and Scripps to make the "Claremont-Mudd-Scripps" teams (CMS). CMS plays Division III, and they are very successful. Popular spectator sports include men’s water polo, football, and women’s volleyball. All in all, CMS isn't overly competitive, with one exception: The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens. Any game between CMS and Pomona-Pitzer is highly attended with boisterous fans. Games against other schools draw small crowds of close friends of the athletes. Admission is free.

Non-varsity athletes have just as much fun as their varsity counterparts. Intramural sports are alive and well at CMC, and inter-dorm competition is intense. The most popular IM is inner tube water polo, which draws huge crowds of athletes and spectators. CMC does have required gym, which comes in every variety of activity. From ballroom dancing to rock climbing, tennis to yoga, there is a gym class for everyone. CMCers are a very active bunch who enjoy a healthy dose of competition and fun.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
Basketball: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
School Colors
Maroon and gold
School Nickname
Athenas for women's teams Stags for men's teams
Men Playing Varsity Sports
269 - 40%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
216 - 37%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • BASEketball
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Home run derby
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Lawn sports Olympics
  • Paintball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball, beach and court
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ducey Gymnasium
  • Frank G. Wells Fitness Center
  • R. Ernest Smith Weight Room
Most Popular Sports
Football and basketball are probably the best-attended sports on a regular basis. Volleyball is the best-attended women's sport. Anytime a team makes the playoffs or plays Pomona-Pitzer, the seats are full.
Most Overlooked Teams
Soccer, swimming, tennis, golf, rugby
School Spirit
CMCers love CMC, but it isn't school spirit in the traditional sense. People don't turn out to every football game to root for the Stags (although we'll always come out to talk trash to Pomona), but the school spirit manifests itself mainly through the social life. CMCers are always looking for a new, creative, over-the-top, indulgent way to all have fun together. School spirit is best seen in big afternoon barbeques with Slip `N Slides down Green Beach, or in the wee hours of the marathon 24-hour party, or during an intense game of IM inner tube water polo.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are free; seating is first-come, first-served.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Hiking on Mt. Baldy, easy walks around the campuses and to the Village

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 19% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 59% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 22% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 34 responses

  • 35% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 29% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 32% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.

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

  • 20% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 43% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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