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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics is a big part of campus life. Many people attend these events.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Dartmouth athletics isn't huge, but it is welcoming. I'm participating in intramural sports and they are great fun!

4 College Junior

Athletics: SPorts are somewhat important. Lots of club level teams to participate in and compete with other colleges.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Since it's a D1 school, athletics do play a role in student life, esp during homecoming, but that can be said for almost all schools. However, I never felt that sports is more emphasized than academics because the athletes have to maintain their grades if they want to be survive at this school.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic facilities are open to both athletes and non-athletes and maintained well.


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While most Dartmouth students are sports fans, few allow their love of the game to reach the extremes of quasi-religious fervor often encountered at big name state schools across the country. Dartmouth supports an amazing number of NCAA teams—half of the student body are varsity athletes! While the basketball and football programs haven’t yielded dominant teams in years, Dartmouth’s ice hockey team is a real standout on the national stage, and winter matches at Thompson Arena are usually a crowd pleaser.

Though there is a divide on campus between the jocks and their more eggheaded peers, it’s a pretty permeable one because most Dartmouth students share a healthy respect for the sporting lifestyle, whatever the sport. Whether it’s soccer or lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee or canoeing, varsity or intramural, there’s something for everyone at Dartmouth.


Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Ivy Group
Basketball: Ivy Group
School Colors
Green and white
School Nickname
The Big Green (official) or the Big Green Moose (unofficial)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
476 - 23%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
385 - 19%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Boxing
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dressage
  • EMS
  • Endurance racing
  • Fencing
  • Figure skating
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Polocrosse
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Shotokan
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softballl
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Gym
  • Boathouses
  • Dartmouth Skiway
  • Hanover Country Club
  • Kresge Fitness Center
  • Leverone Field House
  • Tennis Courts
  • Thompson Arena
Most Popular Sports
Men's rugby, football lacrosse, and men's and women's ice hockey teams have the largest following among students. Rugby, crew, and ultimate Frisbee all have large squads.
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball had a solid yet overlooked season, while, at the club level, the cycling team is fantastic.
School Spirit
Love for the "College on the Hill" extends far beyond the Dartmouth jockwear most students sport around campus. From First Year Trips onward, most Dartmouth students are imbued with a fierce love of their unique and historic institution. The College's small size fosters a strong sense of community, and students often take the trek to Hanover during their off terms to be around friends and share in the campus camaraderie. Dartmouth alumni are uniquely loyal and noted for being generous with their pocketbooks and connections. There is a growing sense among many recent graduates that the school is slowly being transformed into a cookie-cutter research institution along the lines of the Harvard university model, but, for the time being, at least, Hanover is filled with students who love their school and are sublimely happy.
Getting Tickets
All students receive free entry to all sporting events simply by flashing their IDs-additional planning is unnecessary.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Occom Pond, Golf Course

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 29% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 65% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 61 responses

  • 30% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 43% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 28% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 59 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 71% 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.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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