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4 College Senior

Athletics: The athletic opportunities are amazing. Just probe around and you'll find anything that suits you.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I think that Harvard is very subtle in its adoration for sports. It has the most division I NCAA teams of any school in the country, but you'd hardly know it from the outside looking in.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The teams are great, fans not so much.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Good athletics program with some great sports teams. School spirit is not too high, except during Harvard-Yale.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have some surprisingly good teams, but the majority of the student population could care less about any sports.

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Originally founded as an athletic league, the Ivy League, including Harvard, has lost its reputation as an athletic powerhouse in major sports. However, Harvard is home to more varsity sports than any other institution in the nation. Additionally, Harvard offers an array of club sport opportunities that will satisfy the desires of any wannabe rugby, fencing, or Frisbee player, just to name a few. And for those not interested in organized sports or their accompanying time committments, Harvard offers intramural sports that often generate heated battles and spawn a number of house rivalries.

However, Harvard does lose points because of the lack of support for its varsity programs. Men’s ice hockey, football, and lacrosse garner quite a few fans, but the only time Harvard fans even resemble true college sports fans is on the day of the Harvard-Yale football game. Overall, the University offers the resources for just about any level of activity.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Ivy Group
Basketball: Ivy Group
School Colors
School Nickname
The Crimson
Men Playing Varsity Sports
590 - 17%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
426 - 12%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • AquaJog
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Bodybuilding
  • Boxing
  • Broomball
  • Capoeira
  • Cheerleading
  • Cornhole
  • Cricket
  • Crimson dance
  • Croquet
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Fishing
  • Handball
  • Hapkido
  • Ice hockey (men's and women's)
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Polo
  • Quidditch
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Self defense
  • Shooting
  • Shotokan karate
  • Skiing (nordic)
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Spikeball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tai Chi/Kung Fu
  • Tennis (men's and women's)
  • Tough Mudder
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Wushu
  • XFit
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Dodgeball
  • Fencing
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Beren Tennis Center
  • Blodgett Pool
  • Bright Hockey Center
  • Dillon Fieldhouse
  • Gordon Indoor Track
  • Harvard Stadium
  • Harvard Stadium Bubble
  • Jordan Field
  • Lavietes Pavilion
  • Malkin Athletic Center
  • McCurdy Outdoor Track
  • Murr Center
  • Newell Boathouse
  • O'Donnell Field
  • Ohiri Field
  • Palmer Dixon Strength and Conditioning Center
  • Soldiers Field
  • Soldiers Field Soccer/Lacrosse Stadium
  • Weld Boathouse
Most Popular Sports
Football and men's ice hockey
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's rugby and women's basketball
School Spirit
Harvard students are proud, almost snobbishly arrogant, when it comes to their University's reputation, though athletics receive little support, if any. Students wear their colors proudly, especially on the weekend of the Harvard-Yale football game. However, after freshman year, students find themselves wearing less and less apparel with the Harvard name or crest, though the color crimson becomes increasingly present in students' wardrobes. Overall, student spirit brims high when it comes to University reputation.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are easily attainable from Harvard Box Office locations in the Holyoke Center and near the stadium.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Along the Charles River

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 64 responses

  • 6% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 20% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 58% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 16% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 65 responses

  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 28% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 45% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 64 responses

  • 16% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 53% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 22% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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