Dickinson is a school where students can successfully participate in one or more varsity sports and not get behind in their workload. Since the philosophy at Dickinson is that academics come first, many varsity sports teams achieve “Academic All-American” status for their combined team GPAs. Dickinson is a member of the Centennial Conference and competes against schools like Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall, Johns Hopkins, Haverford, Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, Washington, McDaniel, Ursinus, and Muhlenberg. While Dickinson's sports teams vary in ability, the men’s and women’s cross country teams and the men’s and women’s swimming teams often have undefeated records at the end of their seasons.
Intramural sports are also very big on campus and are adored by students—championship T-shirts are a coveted possession. The intramural program exists on a level between open recreation and varsity athletics and offers students an opportunity to compete in a structured and competitive setting. Participation is available in individual, dual, and team competition.