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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity isn't huge, fun options for non-athletes.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at DePauw is a big thing, and it can be displayed by the school spirit. Many students wear their college gear to show support everyday.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The student involvement could definitely be a lot better than it is right now. The athletic facilities are pretty great. Our gym is amazing. I love being a college athlete.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: My school puts a surprising amount of resources into the athletic department for a DIII school.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The student involement, team performance and fan support and school spirit and athletic facilities are all amazing. I really enjoy my college.

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DePauw's D-III status offers a great atmosphere for sports. It allows students to play sports and still be students, as well as be involved in other clubs or activities. The complaint of some student athletes, however, is that the fan base is not as strong as other schools. Some students will make it out to every game for their sport of choice, but considering all sports and the amount of games, student attendance can be somewhat disappointing. Although games are a good time, Blackstock Stadium certainly doesn't have the same level of excitement as an Ohio State or Notre Dame game.

From a spectator perspective, the small size is great for cheering on friends on the court or field rather than untouchable student athletes. Odds are you will have class with the star quarterback or have a best friend who graces the pages of the DePauw for a sports achievement sometime in your college career. Games are also easy for everyone to get in, with no need for tickets or traffic jams. Most students enter DePauw as high school athletes, but may not wish to devote their time in college to sports-this makes club teams very popular. Intramural sports are also highly attended and very competitive. Most fraternities and sororities have teams, as well as freshmen and independents, making the games a great way to meet people and keep up with the sports you love, without the time commitments.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: North Coast Athletic Conference
Basketball: North Coast Athletic Conference
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
317 - 31%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
183 - 14%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Hapkido
  • Poms (Dance)
  • Rugby
  • Tae Kwan Do
  • Weightlifting
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards (men's)
  • Bowling
  • Football
  • Golf (men's)
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch football
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Blackstock Stadium
  • Indoor Tennis and Track Center
  • Lilly Center
  • Outdoor Workout Course
Most Popular Sports
Football and soccer are the most popular fall sports. The games are often at the same time, so many students will head from tailgating to football to soccer. Although the stadium is small, and the Division III program can't compete with the Big Ten, students still love to come out and support. Indiana is a huge basketball state, which shows in the winter. Basketball games are held at Lilly and the student bleacher is almost always full.
Most Overlooked Teams
DePauw cross country and swim teams have incredibly long seasons and generally do very well, yet receive little student attention. Meets are attended by groups of loyal fans, and stories are reported in the paper, but rarely is their success conversation on campus.
School Spirit
For having a student body of only 2,359 students, DePauw's involvement in sports and school spirit is relatively high. Since the University is small and students are so involved, attendance is sometimes lacking, but loyal fans try to make it out for most games. Football games and tailgates generally have the largest attendance, with basketball as a close second. The Monon Bell Game, DePauw's game against their largest rival Wabash, is without debate the pinnacle of DePauw school spirit. The game sells out annually, filling the stands with students, parents, and alumni. Ring Sing the Monon Bell Pep Rally is also a huge campus event with nearly all Greek houses participating and most of campus in attendance. Aside from game days, one will often spot students in DePauw apparel. Students seem genuinely proud of DePauw's reputation, environment, and success. You can also see this in the alumni who are often present on campus for meetings or just passing through town.
Getting Tickets
Most sports do not charge admission or ticket costs, generally a donation, if anything. Football and basketball are the most highly-attended sports, but students can walk in and easily find room in the bleachers or on the sidelines. The only sporting event that you will ever need to buy a ticket prior to the event is the Monon Bell football game. For this game, tickets go on sale two weeks before and it generally sells out, but if you really want a ticket, they aren't too tough to come by.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Nature Park is one of the newest addition to the DePauw campus, offering nearly 500 acres of woodland space. The Park has over 10 miles of walking area divided into seven trails, ranging in difficulty and length. The Park is a great place to unwind, exercise, or simply take in the quarry views. Trails include the Connector Trail, Multi Use Trail, Woodland Trail, Rim Trail, Quarry Trail, Rail Trail, and Creekside Trail.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 42% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 53% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 37 responses

  • 27% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 22% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 49% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 37 responses

  • 16% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 62% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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