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3 College Junior

Athletics: It's there, but it's not a big deal. There's no special treatment for athletets and you'll end up being friends with many of them. Our teams aren't great but the events are usually fun.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are not a huge focus at Juniata.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't really care about athletics, to be honest; I'm not an athlete. The pool needs to be open at more convenient hours, however.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There is only 1 gym for students.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic complexes could be nicer.


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Athletic teams at Juniata are supported with general goodwill—if not always attendance—from most of the students. Many teams have small but loyal followings. A good portion of Juniata students are athletic, whether they’re on a varsity or IM team or just head to the gym to work out. While many of the teams have their steadfast fans, none of the sports evoke a particularly communal diehard atmosphere, except perhaps the celebrated volleyball teams. Their pedestals are deserved—the women’s team always impresses.

Varsity teams do tend to bond together; many get houses or apartments, and actually, the athletic teams are probably the closest thing Juniata has to Greek life. This causes some students to complain that the teams are cliquey. Athletics tend to be met with the same general, amiable, and occasionally impassioned support as everything else at Juniata, whether someone’s playing basketball for fun or a talented team is strutting its stuff on the court.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Centennial Conference
Basketball: Landmark Conference
School Colors
Old gold and Yale blue
School Nickname
Juniata Eagle
Men Playing Varsity Sports
188 - 30%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
133 - 16%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Cheerleading
  • Chess
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Indoor field hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Ministry of games
  • Modern kempo
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer
  • Social dancing
  • Step team
  • Swimming (men's and women's)
  • Table tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Survival of the fittest
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Binder Natatorium
  • Kennedy Sports and Recreation Center
  • Knox Stadium
  • Langdon-Goodale Field
  • Memorial Gymnasium
  • Oller Track
  • Raffensberger Tennis Courts
  • Sam and Martha Brumbaugh Fitness Center
  • West End Field
  • Winton Hill Fields
Most Popular Sports
Volleyball, volleyball, volleyball. Both the men's and women's teams have been national champions. It's the sport at Juniata. However, basketball also has a good following, as does football, despite its underdog status. Rugby always has a presence on campus, as a result of both its dedicated players and parties.
Most Overlooked Teams
The intramural teams often complain about finding a place and time to practice, as their schedules often conflict with those of the varsity teams.
School Spirit
Juniata students tend to be generally supportive and enthusiastic, but rarely are they rabid. It's true that some could care less about being very peppy, and many older students worry that some of the College's beloved traditions may be dying away before their eyes, all from a lack of caring. At the same time, if a team like oh, say, women's volleyball, is on the verge of making history, you'll find nary a student that will turn a cold shoulder to their success—on the contrary, students will pack the gym to honor their achievements and give them support. Most students are proud of Juniata, whether it's because of its academics or just the friendships, independence, and good vibes they've found from nearly everyone there. A physical testament to the comfortable communal spirit on campus is seeing Juniata attire everywhere, especially sweatshirts—the casual style of choice for many.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are beyond easy to get. For many events, they're neither offered nor necessary; you can get in with your student ID or just walk through the door. Just make sure to check with the info desk or ask around if it's a big game; there can be a small charge for larger athletic events, such as post-season volleyball games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Head to the cliffs or to the Peace Chapel.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 28% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 67% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 6% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 71 responses

  • 28% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 34% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 38% 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 69 responses

  • 0% 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.
  • 32% 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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