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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are pretty good, but the school does not revolve around them. If you do not play a varsity sport, there are still plenty of options to play at the club or intramural level.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit for varsity sports isn't that high, but what would you expect from a very small liberals arts college that's division III (versus a big division I public university)? Hamilton can be pretty good at sports and athletes take pride. Club and intramural sports are also very popular and provides options for everyone.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The football team is pretty bad, and people don't really show up to sports that often, however some of our teams are pretty decent.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities are really nice, we are a D3 school so sports aren't a major focus

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The teams on campus are not very strong so there cannot be that much fan support. But I love the gym and go all the time.


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As far as varsity sports are concerned, Hamilton students go all out. The intimate size of Hamilton means each student will have a friend, roommate, or classmate on each and every team. Friends are the main supporters of athletes, and friends are willing to come out and get fired up. A group called the Dog Pound is the most well known of group of supporters, though. It’s hard to miss their screaming and their brightly painted chests.

Intramural sports play a gigantic role in the social and athletic lives of most Hamilton students. Competition is high during these events, and during certain IM seasons, IM games are all you will hear about. The IM season is run by students, so it can become disorganized, but students make the most of it and have a great time.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Small College Ath Conf
Basketball: New England Small College Ath Conf
School Colors
Buff and blue
School Nickname
The Continental/Al-Ham the Pig
Men Playing Varsity Sports
294 - 34%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
253 - 26%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Alpine skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Golf (women's)
  • Nordic skiing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Gym
  • Bristol Swimming Pool
  • Charlean and Wayland Blood Fitness and Dance Center
  • Margaret Bundy Scott Field House
Most Popular Sports
Football, basketball, lacrosse, and hockey usually have the largest turnouts. Intramural sports are also very popular across campus.
Most Overlooked Teams
Volleyball experiences low attendance rates, and so does rugby. Both the men's and women's crew teams travel for hours to their regattas, so their presence is less visible to the campus. In general, women's sports tend to have low attendance rates. However, close friends will stop by for support.
School Spirit
The Dog Pound is made up of students that want to support Hamilton sports, primarily basketball and football. Students dress up in Halloween costumes or they come bare-chested and painted in school colors. Nobody knows how to excite a crowd like the Dog Pound. Some have even gotten out and danced along with the dance team at halftime.
Getting Tickets
There is rarely a problem getting into a sporting event. The most popular event is the Citrus Bowl in Sage Rink, and for this hockey game, you definitely need to get there early. Also popular is the homecoming football game at Steuben Field.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Root Glen, "G-Road Loop" (Most people run/jog this route when the weather is nice.)

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?     Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 8% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 77% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 15% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 26 responses

  • 54% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 27% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 19% 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 27 responses

  • 19% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 67% 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.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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