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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm by no means an athlete, but even I wish the facilities were better. A combination of not having the space for adequate athletic facilities in Morningside Heights and general malaise for anything that makes student life better on the part of the administration contribute to the lackluster facilities. The teams are mostly not great, but athletes work hard, and if you really want to, you can be involved.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have students who compete in the Olympics--that's how great our athletics teams are!

3 College Junior

Athletics: To be honest It is not my particular area of focus so I do not have a grounded opinion on whether is good or not.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I work in the athletics department so I have a good idea of how everything is run. In most cases the athletics are pretty good for what they are. Some teams excel and others do not, it all just depends on the sport and the players. There are a good number of fans who show up to the games and meets and they have a great time and get to show their spirit for their team. For the most part, the gym and recreational facilities are pretty good, although I do wish that some things would improve. It is possible to work out and maintain an active lifestyle if you please.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I've never been to a game of any kind at Truman, but from what I've heard, the people who do go love the games and the spirit of the fans.


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While Columbians are definitely proud of their school, the majority of that pride comes from academics, not athletics. Most Columbia students are too buried in work to show interest in sports—especially campus sports. This disinterest is partially a result of the University's lackluster performances in major sports such as football and basketball and partially a result of the studious nature of the average Columbian. Additionally, Columbia's football stadium (and several other sport facilities) are located 100 blocks north of Columbia's main campus, making games difficult for students to access, which thereby makes the games difficult to care about.

That being said, a fair portion of the student population participates in Columbia athletics. For those who are not varsity athletes, Columbia boasts modern athletic facilities at the on-campus Dodge Fitness Center. Additionally, Columbia has a club sport and intramural scene which is most active on campus lawns during the warmer parts of the year.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Ivy Group
Basketball: Ivy Group
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
371 - 10%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
328 - 10%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Other sports
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Bowling
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
  • Capoeira
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Figure skating
  • Goju Ryu
  • Hiking
  • Ice hockey (men's and women's)
  • Judo
  • Kayaking
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Moy Yee Kung Fu
  • Racquetball
  • Road runners
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan karate
  • Ski and snowboard
  • Swing dance
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baker Athletics Complex
  • The Campbell Sports Center
  • Columbia Soccer Stadium
  • Dick Savitt Tennis Center
  • Dodge Fitness Center
  • Francis Levien Gymnasium
  • Lawrence A. Wien Stadium
  • Orchard Beach Lagoon
  • Robertson Field at Satow Stadium
  • University (Blue) Gym
  • Uris Pool
Most Popular Sports
The football and basketball teams are most discussed.
Most Overlooked Teams
Columbia's fencing team has a history of excellence, with a track record boasting 41 Ivy League championships, 33 individual NCAA championships, and 13 team NCAA championships. Additionally, Columbia's women's archery team has an impressive track record. While these may not be sports most people associate with University athletics, these teams are definitely worthy of respect.
School Spirit
Students are often very proud of going to such a well-respected university, but you won't hear anyone screaming "Go Fighting Lions!" on game day. It's an intellectual spirit, not necessarily an athletic one.
Getting Tickets
Columbia athletics are eager to attract spectators and fans. As a result, tickets for students are free and don't need to be ordered in advance. All you have to do is swipe your Columbia ID!
Best Place to Take a Walk
Riverside Park is very close to campus and overlooks the Hudson. Morningside Park is on the other side of campus and boasts a spectacular view of the city. And, of course, how could you go to school in Manhattan and not take a walk in Central Park?

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 115 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 8% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 61% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 29% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 115 responses

  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 6% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 62% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 10% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 115 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 36% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 39% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 16% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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