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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gymnasium is open to all, athlete or not.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are a lot of athletes on campus, but only the athletes pay any attention to sports. Intramurals are much more popular.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit revolving around sports teams isn't huge, but the support in between teams is great and the Leonard Center (and other athletic facilities) are fantastic.

3 College Junior

Athletics: People really like clubs and intramurals there, and I think that's where a lot of the focus is. Competitive, high-profile athletics are just not really important there. The varsity teams are all DIII, and kind of suck. I played tennis, and the coach was terrible in that he put a lot of pressure on us and had high expectations when we were all really there to have fun and be part of a team. I also don't think there's a huge variety of sports to choose from.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Clean and good equipment mostly


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With the recent addition of the top-of-the-line Leonard Center to Macalester’s ever-expanding and ever-renovating campus, there has been a resurgence of sports-oriented activities on campus. The athletic center has steadily become a huge draw for anyone interested in pursuing sports while attending a school that focuses on high academic standards. Students can sign up or try out for varsity and intramural sports teams, no matter the skill level. However, many of the varsity teams at Macalester do very well in their division, so do try to brush up on your athletic skills before, during, and after tryouts.

In addition to the Leonard Center, there is also a main stadium for sporting events like football, rugby, soccer, and track; plus, there are tennis courts and baseball fields with seating areas, as well. No need to pay for a ticket at a Macalester sporting event—they’re usually free. Often, sporting events serve as great bonding time for students shivering in the cold stands, drinking the goose bumps away, and shouting the traditional (if unconventional and raunchy) Macalester chants to egg on their teams to victory. For anyone in search of professional sports, Minnesota is home to the Twins (baseball), Vikings (football), Timberwolves (basketball), Wild (hockey), and Swarm (lacrosse) to name a few. Getting to these events is fairly easy with the public transportation system, and it’s always a hoot to say you saw hometown hero Joe Mauer in action on the baseball diamond. You might have to shell out a pretty penny, but you’ll get to experience stands packed with screaming Minnesotans—which is priceless.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf
Basketball: Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf
School Colors
Blue and orange
School Nickname
The Scots
Men Playing Varsity Sports
224 - 27%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
174 - 15%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Climbing
  • Crew
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Nordic skiing
  • Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo (men's)
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Gymnasium
  • Deno Fitness Center
  • Field House & Clement Track
  • Hayden Tennis Courts
  • Leonard Center
  • M Club/Hall of Fame room
  • Macalester Softball Complex
  • Macalester Stadium
  • Multipurpose rooms
  • Nicholson Baseball Field
  • Racquetball/squash courts
  • Riley Pool/Leonard Natatorium
  • Training room
Most Popular Sports
Soccer is the most popular and most successful team on campus, and the soccer games draw the most fans by far. Otherwise, basketball is fairly popular, as well. Most athletes at Mac play for the sake of the game, not because they're waiting to hear their name chanted by an adoring crowd.
Most Overlooked Teams
Besides soccer and basketball, all of the sports teams are overlooked by potential fans.
School Spirit
For a small college that's so low-key about sports, there's a surprisingly large amount of students wearing Mac shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants on campus. There definitely seems to be a sense of school pride at Mac. It's not the traditional kind of school spirit that brings to mind cheerleaders, rallies, and bursting stadiums at sporting events; rather, it's a subtle form of spirit where you rarely hear a student say anything negative about Macalester.
Getting Tickets
No need to get tickets; just show up and take a seat in the bleachers. There is always room, even during the popular soccer games, which draw both current students and alumni to the stands.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Down by the Mississippi River or the Minnehaha Falls area. There are countless other parks and lakes to visit in the Twin Cities.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 6% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 61% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 33% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

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

  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 14% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 50% 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 34 responses

  • 41% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 38% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 21% 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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