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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The New York has very expensive real estate, so that campus is fairly crowded - and so are sporting facilities. However, varsity sports are pretty good, and there is a free pool; also, if you come very early or very late, you can enjoy adequate gym experience.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Columbia isn't really good at anything except for fencing and I had no idea when fencing matches were. I never knew when any of the games or matches were for any of the sports except basketball because I have friends who are basketball managers. But for homecoming they do make a big deal of it.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Present but not the focus of campus life

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Since I'm not involved in any sports at the moment, I can't really talk on this subject. Our football team generally loses so not many people go to the games, but the basketball teams have been doing alright. Intramural sports are also a good option for people who enjoy playing sports but don't want the time commitment of a team. I do go to the gym on occasion to exercise with friends.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Our school has an amazing fencing team and swimming team. It's fun to see our fencing team play off other schools each year at are main gym that is located on campus. But overall, Columbia lacks school spirit associated with school sports. I think such lack of school sports spirit is due to the fact that we have a very poorly performing football team and our cheerleaders and marching band are also mediocre. Plus, our football stadium is located in Bronx, not in Manhattan where the main campus is, so the physical distance also reduces student participation when football game occurs.


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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 99 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 7% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 64% 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 99 responses

  • 20% 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.
  • 62% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 11% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 99 responses

  • 7% 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.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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