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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I havent been to a game

3 College Junior

Athletics: Student involvement in the athletics has been relatively low in the past couple of years, but the athletics department is making a concerted effort to increase participation in and excitement for varsity sports.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: A lot of emphasis on Lacrosse, but apart from that...not really a sport school.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Only Lacrosse is D1, the rest of the sports are D3 or club. The facilities need to be bigger for the rest of the campus.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lacrosse is the only major sport that people care about.


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Athletics are not a major focus at Johns Hopkins. Even lacrosse, the most popular sport, doesn’t bring out the whole student body. Tickets to events are free for students, and it is fun to attend the big lax games against schools like Duke, Virginia, and North Carolina. Hopkins has one stadium, which is small by university standards. Homecoming is one of the few games where the stadium is filled, and students often are surprised that Hopkins celebrates Homecoming with a lacrosse game in the spring. Club and IM sports are open to everyone and aren’t overly competitive, but only a relatively small number of students participates in these events. At Hopkins, school spirit is defined by academics and research as opposed to athletics.

If you want a school with a strong athletics department, Hopkins is not the school for you. The University makes up for its apathy in other sports with its support for lacrosse, but, even so, some students do not care that the Hopkins lacrosse team is one of the top in the country. Other varsity sports are Division III, with low student support at games. There are many club and IM sports and a new recreation center if students want to stay active but want less competition. Hopkins' academic prestige should not be seen as implying weak athletics, though. Actually, many Hopkins teams have athletes with Division I talent that came to the school for its academics. In recent years, almost every single one of the teams has won the conference championship. Football, men's and women's soccer, women's cross country/track and field, volleyball, baseball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's swimming have been dominant and very successful. However, most school spirit for athletics tends to stay within the athletes, as they root for each other.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
Athletic Conferences
Football: Centennial Conference
Basketball: Centennial Conference
School Colors
Columbia blue and black
School Nickname
Blue Jays
Men Playing Varsity Sports
431 - 15%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
271 - 9%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Body building
  • Brazilian Jujitsu
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Jujitsu
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor club
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baseball field
  • Homewood Field
  • JHU Track & Field
  • Newton White Athletic Center
  • Practice field
  • Ralph S. O'Connor Recreation Center
  • Tennis courts
  • Varsity weight room
Most Popular Sports
Lacrosse is, by far, the most popular sport and is Division I. Many of the games are televised on ESPNU. The Blue Jays are one of the best teams in the nation every year!
Most Overlooked Teams
The fencing team gets very little recognition. Also, the baseball team has had an excellent record in the past few years, and was one of the top Division III teams in the nation, despite frequently playing home games in front of crowds numbering in the teens.
School Spirit
Overall, students at Hopkins are not particularly spirited. There are some events, however, that students get excited about. The only sport that warrants student excitement is lacrosse. The activity that sparks the most interest is a cappella, with the singing groups frequently performing to standing-room-only crowds. Students also get very spirited about their majors, often comparing themselves favorably to equivalent majors at other schools. School spirit drops off noticeably during exam time, when students lose interest in almost everything but their studies.
Getting Tickets
Call (410) 516-7490. Tickets are easy to get-they are cheap for the general public and free for students.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Wyman Park winds by a stream behind the school. Roland Park provides tree-lined streets and leads to Sherwood Gardens. Don't be fooled by your perception of cities being filthy-these are both beautiful walks.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 112 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 19% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 62% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 20% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 112 responses

  • 17% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 22% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 53% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 8% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 112 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 54% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 32% 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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