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4 College Junior

Athletics: The basketball team has gotten great recognition and is doing well. Sports attract a lot of outsiders.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students love to get involved in sports like volleyball and basketball by going to the games and cheering on the players. There is definitely more school spirit that revolves around basketball than any other sport, but that's also because they consistently perform at an exceptional level.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school focuses on academics, so athletics aren't a Pac-12 standard.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are not a huge part of campus life but it's still important and widely spoken about.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: No one pays attention to any of the sports, even when the Mens basketball team won the NIT and the womens basketball team was doing very well


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GW is not a sports enthusiast’s dream come true. There is not much school spirit at GW, perhaps because the University has no football team. The main sport is men’s basketball, but games only get packed when the team is doing well. A lot of students are apathetic about other teams, including the talented women’s basketball team. Most non-varsity athletes do not attend games other than men’s basketball, if that. Intramural sports are popular and pretty casual. Club teams are more competitive—the GW teams travel to other universities to play. People involved in sports at these levels say they have a lot of fun in the mildly competitive atmosphere.

GW tries to promote spirit among its students, but the efforts often fail. The women’s basketball team, which has a history of doing well, is basically ignored—almost no one attends games. Sports fans can attend outside games at the University of Maryland or watch one of several professional teams in the area. At GW, there are opportunities to play and watch sports, but if early morning tailgate parties before packed football games are what you crave, you better look elsewhere.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Atlantic 10 Conference
School Colors
Buff and blue
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
199 - 5%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
241 - 5%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Ice Hockey (men's and women's)
  • JKA karate
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Racquetball
  • Roadrunners
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan Karate of America
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men'sĀ and women's)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Arena football
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Hockey
  • Kickball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Lerner Health and Wellness Center
  • Mount Vernon Athletic Complex
  • The Smith Center
Most Popular Sports
Men's and women's basketball, men's soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Golf, gymnastics, water polo, and women's basketball
School Spirit
Because GW athletics are not overwhelmingly popular, school spirit is definitely lacking. Although some students enjoy attending men's basketball games, GW's most popular sport, most rarely show up to cheer on the team.
Getting Tickets
Students receive a year-long season pass sticker for use at all sporting events.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the Monuments, the Georgetown Waterfront, and other places along the Potomac River

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 186 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 13% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 66% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 18% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 184 responses

  • 17% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 25% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 55% 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 186 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 51% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 34% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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