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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There isn't a lot of events that people care about.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I never knew there are actual varsity teams in this college. There are some school spirits involved since students are wearing the colors of the college mascot.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I'm not a fan of sports and do not follow any Hunter College teams.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There's not much excitement for sport teams. It's more academics oriented

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: not a huge part of campus life

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The athletics department at Hunter is almost like an underground scene; if you’re interested and actively search for it, you’ll find a great athletic family—the Hunter Hawks have won countless team championships and offer full-time students with NCAA Division III eligibility a chance to compete in sports like basketball and volleyball. School spirit at Hunter exists, but it's usually limited to athletes or friends of athletes. There is a cheer squad club, but don’t expect everyone to eagerly count the days until game day or discuss the Hawks' recent win in class. So if you are not interested in anything athletic, the closest you’ll ever get to team spirit at Hunter is flashes of yellow and purple uniforms as athletes walk past you on the bridge. Despite this, all students are welcome to attend games at Hunter and tickets (if the game is being ticketed) are usually free for everyone.

Intramural sports also exist, including activities like the chess club and the outing club. For students who are looking to get in shape without competing, Hunter boasts a fully equipped gym that's open throughout the week; students can also take cardio workout classes, cycling classes, Zumba, Pilates, and yoga for free during the semester. Many students take advantage of these classes and find ways to incorporate a quick workout at the gym or a Zumba session with friends into their academic schedules during the semester. Students can also bring guests who are 18-and-up for a free workout. There is also an Olympic-sized pool that's open to all students.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: City University of New York Ath Conf
School Colors
Purple and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
101 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
82 - 1%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Handball
  • Melonball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor)
  • Turkey trot
  • Volleyball (coed)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • 168th Street Armory - indoor track & field
  • Brookdale campus/pool
  • Hunter Sportsplex
  • Icahn Stadium - soccer/outdoor track & field
  • Metropolitan Oval
  • North Campus Pool
  • USTA National Tennis Center
Most Popular Sports
Men's and women's basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Fencing, swimming, tennis
School Spirit
School spirit exists, but it's pretty limited to people who are actively involved in the athletic program. Students often are not aware that games are being held or that some teams even exist. However, while you may never have a conversation about any team's game (or ever attend a game), you will run in to the yellow-and-purple uniform of Hunter's numerous athletes every now and then.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are not needed to attend games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Central Park, down Park Avenue, along East River Drive
Did You Know?
All students need a Physical Activity Card (PAC) in order to use any of Hunter's athletic facilities. This card can be obtained from Health Services.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 192 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 10% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 60% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 28% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 192 responses

  • 11% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 13% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 66% 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 190 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 34% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 44% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 21% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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