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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Never met anyone interested in school athletics here

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Few people realize that all of Harvard's varsity sports are Division I and that Harvard has the largest varsity sports program in the country in terms of number of sports and number of athletes. That being said, athletics aren't one of the most important aspects of the Harvard scene. There's a reason why all sporting events are free for undergraduates. Most students go to a least a few home games, but you may see students doing their homework in the stadium. However, the Harvard-Yale football game ("The Game") is one of the biggest events of the year for students, alumni, faculty, and administrators. Everyone goes to The Game every single year, and everyone has an awesome time.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The only downside that can be stated is that Harvard does not excel in "popular" sports. Football, soccer, etc. are pretty mediocre when compared to the rest of the country. However, we are generally top in our league, and the basketball team has participated and made a good showing in March Madness several times now. Furthermore, if niche sports are your thing, you can't beat Harvard. The crew, squash, and sailing teams are often world renowned and compete internationally. The athletic facilities are also fairly state of the art and gorgeous.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's nice that it isn't the only important thing here, but the spirit and athleticism is definitely apparent. We have great facilities and world-class athletes. I have several friends who either were in the olympics already or are on the fast-track to be in them soon. Games are fun and well-attended, and club/intramural athletes are well-respected as well. Sports teams also hold parties regularly :)

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: People only get excited about sports around Harvard/Yale or the NCAA, but we're decent.


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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 40 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 28% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 55% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 12% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 41 responses

  • 24% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 32% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 39% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 5% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 40 responses

  • 18% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 58% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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