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Athletics

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football, basketball, wrestling, and lacrosse are all pretty big here. There is a decent amount of support for teams. School spirit is at its peak for LeLaf. Whether you are an athlete on a varsity team or not, most students at Lehigh use the gym frequently. Even during busy times at the gym, there is still a machine or 2 open, if not the wait is not too long. There is a rock climbing wall, courts, pool open for lap swim (at specific times), spin rooms, studios, and gym/dance. There is a wide variety of classes offered (spin, yoga, core, kickboxing, etc.) but they are $10 each or $90 for unlimited. Overall, as a nonathlete I really enjoy the gym here.

2 College Junior

Athletics: No one goes to the games. We all just get drunk at MoCos (morning cocktails) at 8am for football games then go back to bed. At least that is what most Greeks do which account for 40% of the school. The rest have a pretty poor turn out. The university does little to help with team spirit unfortunately.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Again, I don't really take part in athletics, but there is definitely more popularity amongst varsity sports than anything else. Football and basketball seem to be the main two sports everyone seems to care about, so club/intramural sports are quite overshadowed. However, when everyone comes together for a big game, the spirit is high and worthwhile.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Home football games are really fun

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not known for our sports teams, although our wrestling program is top in the nation.

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Lehigh’s greatest athletic tradition is waking up at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings and getting wasted before home football games. Kidding aside, morning cocktails and tailgates are some of the most popular events during the whole school year. Fraternities will go around their house, sorority houses, and freshman dorms with pots and pans to wake everyone up, and as difficult as it may be to wake up that early on a Saturday after a long night, tailgates usually see a very impressive turnout. It’s hard to pass up the exuberance of drinking outside the football stadium on a sunny day as the entire campus walks around to each fraternity’s setup in search of beer and barbecued food, as the police just stand back and watch. Few attend the actual football game, which is unfortunate. Wrestling is the other insanely popular sport at Lehigh, although it’s more revered by alumni and the town of Bethlehem. In fact, townies are probably more into the football and wrestling teams than the student body—not surprising given the lack of nearby professional sports teams. The wrestling team is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the country.

Intramural sports are wildly popular, as they allow the more casual athletes to participate. Freshman teams are made up of halls in the dormitories, and upperclass teams are fraternity against fraternity and sorority against sorority. Winning intramural sports gives fraternities bragging rights and bolsters a sense of pride and athleticism. Most students tend to get much more involved in intramurals than with Lehigh’s sports teams.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Patriot League
Basketball: Patriot League
School Colors
Brown and white
School Nickname
Mountain Hawk
Men Playing Varsity Sports
366 - 13%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
248 - 13%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 68
Basketball: 21
Baseball: 7
Cross Country/Track: 22
Other Sports: 76
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 67%
Basketball: 75%
Baseball: 63%
Cross Country/Track: 86%
Other Sports: 86%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Frisbee
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Running
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Turkey Trot
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Grace Hall
  • Lehigh Athlete's Gym
  • Taylor Gym
Most Popular Sports
Lehigh football and wrestling are both incredibly popular among townies and throughout the Lehigh Valley. But, students are mostly apathetic toward their sports teams.
Most Overlooked Teams
Given that students barely pay attention to athletics, even if there were teams that were considered overlooked, they still wouldn't bother paying attention to them.
School Spirit
Lehigh's school spirit comes out at random occasions, but on the whole, you'd find most students to be fairly apathetic about school spirit in general. School spirit is at its highest right before home football games, as everyone comes together in drunken revelry at tailgates. As euphoric an experience as tailgates are, it's also quite exhausting, and many students leave before the football game even starts. The only other sport with a decent amount of school spirit is wrestling, a sport that is huge in Pennsylvania and one that Lehigh has always had a nice amount of success with. As much as many students enjoy their time at Lehigh immensely, a good portion of them don't feel a true sense of school pride until after they have graduated.
Getting Tickets
Students do not need tickets to attend Lehigh sporting events. All students have to do is flash their ID in order to get in to the football games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Goodman Campus
Did You Know?
There are 5,480 seats available in Stabler Arena.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 50 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 30% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 56% 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 51 responses

  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 33% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 51% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 51 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 65% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 27% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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