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3 College Junior

Athletics: I don't do sports so I cannot comment on this much. I like the gym in the Commons. No one cares about the sports teams but the sports people and their gangs.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's getting there... A lot more money is FINALLY being invested into the major programs like football and a few others.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Some sports teams are very competitive and do very well, but other sports do not compete well at all and are very bad.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: It's a DIII school so athletics isn't that big a part of every students life. It's mostly like high school, those who are involved stay in that clique and then there are others that aren't. Athletic events generally don't have much attendance.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Athletics at Cornell are for those who enjoyed playing their sport in high school and want to continue.


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Cornell athletics and student apathy are often discussed hand in hand. The stands at most sporting events are usually filled only with other student athletes and a handful of parents or community members. That being said, Cornell is competitive in many sports, including basketball and wrestling. A member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a league of the NCAA Division III, Cornell maintains the oldest athletic rivalry west of the Mississippi with Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Cornell provides opportunities for athletes of a wide variety of skill levels and abilities to participate in the sports they love. While many Cornell athletes excelled in their high school programs, they chose Cornell for academics and continue to participate in sports simply for the love of the game. OCAAT has its benefits in the sports arena, as well—with all classes done by 3 p.m. each day, practice and class rarely conflict.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Midwest Conference
Basketball: Midwest Conference
School Colors
Purple and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
218 - 40%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
108 - 17%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Capoeira
  • Cheerleading
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountaineering
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor)
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ash Park Stadium and Field
  • Meredith Wrestling Complex
  • Mount Vernon Softball Complex
  • Small Multi-Sport Center
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, Soccer, Football
Most Overlooked Teams
Tennis, Baseball, Lacrosse, Track and Field
School Spirit
There is a general feel of apathy when it comes to athletics at Cornell. Attendance at most sporting events is sparse, and the crowd is usually comprised of other athletes. The only game that students really get excited about is the annual basketball game against rival Coe College-mostly because they get to throw toilet paper on the court when the Rams score their first basket.
Getting Tickets
No tickets necessary! All sporting events are free for students-just present your student ID.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Mount Vernon is a very walking-friendly community, with sidewalks on most streets. Popular walk destinations for students include the train bridge or the shops and coffeehouse uptown.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 21% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 58% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 19% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 47 responses

  • 17% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 23% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 53% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 48 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 33% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 54% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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