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Athletics

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is nothing like the Lafayette/Lehigh Rivalry weekend. It's one of the most fun days of the year. Team performance may vary since we are a very small Division I school but, more and more sports teams have been receiving scholarships so better athletes can now be recruited. The future looks very promising. Our school has a great fan sections and school spirit is very prominent during big games. Football games and basketball games are a lot of fun.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Lehigh/Lafayette day is not to be missed. Personally, I think it's the greatest college rivalry out there. Sports in general are a big part of campus because Lafayette is a division 1 school. It makes for fun events and more passionate fans.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People only really care about football and basketball; as a member of the swim team it is disappointing that we don't have home meet and we don't really have school support. Athletic facilities are really nice, but again, mostly focused on football and basketball.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are what make Lafayette unique. There is something distinct about having normal kids and athletes that make this school much better than a typical liberal arts school. I would say most of the campus is athletic.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: For a small school, the facilities for both athletes and non-athletes are pretty great and state of the art. There is a lot of school spirit and a large portion of the student body are athletic either on a division 1 team or on club/intramural teams

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Lafayette College, at first glance, seems to have an extraordinarily high number of athletic people. Starting at 6 a.m. until closing hour, the Kirby Sports Center is a hub of activity. The center comes with a rock-climbing wall, an indoor track, and squash and racquetball courts, to name a few. Facilities are clean and accessible, although a little bit of a walk from the rest of campus, and they are excellent for athletes and non-athletes alike. Practices are early morning or late afternoon, with some teams having evening practices. A gander into Skillman Library, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., will reveal a host of student athletes, decked out in their team gear, diligently working through homework. The serious athletes—like those who play on the varsity teams or are involved in club sports—put in hours of practice every day, come rain or shine. Athletics is a serious program, taken seriously, and largely respected by the student body. Amongst the intramural/club sports teams, certain sports do dominate the campus more than others. Lafayette crew is one of the largest club sports, along with rugby and soccer. The intramural scene also draws large crowds during the annual tournaments and can get quite competitive. 

However, the focus of the school is not on the athletics department. Aside from major football games, attendance is somewhat low. The general student body is either unaware of the various sports events that are going on or are too busy to attend—not an uncommon reason for most Lafayette students. School spirit is unabashedly celebrated on "Lafayette-Lehigh," the longest-running collegiate football rivalry in the country. Homecoming also sees a lot of school spirit. Otherwise, spirit hits a plateau. 

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Patriot League
Basketball: Patriot League
School Colors
Maroon and white
School Nickname
Leopard
Men Playing Varsity Sports
303 - 24%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
210 - 19%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 64
Basketball: 19
Baseball: 6
Cross Country/Track: 21
Other Sports: 48
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 81%
Basketball: 75%
Baseball: 83%
Cross Country/Track: 78%
Other Sports: 92%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Iron Leopards
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoors society
  • Quidditch
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Step team
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Baby biathlon (1/4-mile swim; 2.5-mile run)
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Cards: poker or hearts
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Kickball
  • Knock Out!
  • Pickleball
  • Racquetball
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Wiffle ball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Allan P. Kirby Sports Center
  • Fisher Field at Fisher Stadium
  • Maroon Club Strength Center
  • Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex
  • Ruef Natatorium
  • Sullivan Courts
Most Popular Sports
On the varsity level, football, basketball (men's and women's), and field hockey usually have the most spectators at home games.
Most Overlooked Teams
Ice hockey and crew are two club sports that are popular and would attract more students if they were bumped to the varsity level. Varsity women's lacrosse and men's and women's swimming also do very well; same for the varsity fencing team.
School Spirit
Lafayette school spirit is kind of lacking when it comes to sporting events, but you can just tell by walking around campus that students have pride for their College. Everyone owns at least two sweatshirts from the college store, and almost every car on campus has some kind of Lafayette window sticker. The spirit really appears at the annual Lafayette-Lehigh football game, and there is nothing quite like it. Students dress up and sit outside in the freezing cold for hours to cheer on the team. The Zoo Crew is a welcome addition to the spirit category-they are a group of students who dress in bright yellow shirts who support athletic teams when necessary.
Getting Tickets
Tickets to home sporting events are free for students; for visitors, tickets range from $5 to $25 for the annual Lehigh/Lafayette football game. The Leopards' ticket office is (610) 330-5471, and you can contact the ticket office by email at tickets@lafayette.edu.
Best Place to Take a Walk
On Lafayette's quad or around the perimeter of the College

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 35% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 46% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 14% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 36 responses

  • 33% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 42% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 22% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 36 responses

  • 33% 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.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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