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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports teams are visible on campus but not particularly popular among non-athletes. Some games are attended but usually not considered any kind of social event.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am marginally attentive to athletics at my school.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The wellness center in my school is very nice and well-designed for everyone to work out.

The baseball stadium is one of the nice facilities Earlham has.

3 College Senior

Athletics: decent for a small college but certainly could be better

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at my school are not focused on pressuring students. The athletics program is just there for those students who wish to participate in sports. The program is very supportive of other sports and allows students to enjoy their college experience on and off the field. The athletics program allows for students to focus on their classwork as their main priority.

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Football? Oh yeah, we have one of those teams. Varsity sports are a great way to get involved on campus, and most teams welcome walk-ons and first-timers. The upside is that you don't have to sign your life away to play on a varsity sport; the downside is that our final records can be a bit dismal. That's not to say that our small pockets of fans aren't as die-hard as the crowds at some of big-name schools—there's just not quite so many of them. A handmade Earlham Quaker flag (designed in the style of the Japanese war flag, with a headshot of the Quaker Oats dude in the center) often billows on the side of the lacrosse field in the spring as the core group hoots and hollers and bangs on drums. Once you get them going, the fans can be better entertainment than the players. With a mascot like the Hustling Quaker, you've got to get creative. Cheers help evoke a dose of competitiveness to counteract that Quakerly spirit of cooperation and pacifism: "Fight! Fight! Inner light! Kill, Quakers, Kill! Knock `em down, beat `em senseless! Do it till we reach consensus!" Soccer and basketball draw the biggest crowds, but don't get your expectations up—"bigger" is just relative.

For those students who aren't interested in going varsity but still want to play some ball with the buds, there are always intramurals. People of all abilities get really pumped up about the latest developments in the IM tourney, and the league has even given rise to a collection of small team subcultures.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball: Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
School Colors
Maroon and white
School Nickname
The Hustling Quaker
Men Playing Varsity Sports
158 - 31%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
91 - 14%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Equestrian team
  • Quidditch
  • Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • 5k fall run
  • Basketball
  • Climbing wall challenge
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Athletics and Wellness Center
  • Darrell Beane Stadium
  • EC Tennis Courts
  • Matlack Field
  • McBride Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Basketball and soccer bring in the big crowds and inspire students to get creative with the cheers. The ultimate Frisbee team is fun and welcoming, and has been known to do well in the Savannah, Ga., tourney.
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's tennis
School Spirit
According to some, Earlham pride is only beginning to translate into excitement on the sidelines. Those who do come to games are small in number but enthusiastic enough for a crowd of hundreds.
Getting Tickets
Don't worry about tickets. Games are free to students who want to come out. You might actually get someone to pay you to show up.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Back-campus trails stay cool and green when the sun is really beating down on the athletic fields. If you're willing to take a bit more time, the Gorge Trail past the old record factory ruins to the waterfall is only a 15-minute walk from campus.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 14% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 57% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 24% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 20 responses

  • 40% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 10% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 50% 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 19 responses

  • 11% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 68% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 21% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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