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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: A ton of people participate, but no one really watches.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports and Athletics are not a focus here but students are extremely passionate about them as well.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: They have tons of athletic facilities that students, clubs, and athletes can all use for recreation and training! I think it's more than enough for the demand.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics is not a priority at MIT, so most of the students don't pay attention to them. However, there is a lot of school spirit for big events. Many students are involved in sports whether they are in club sports or varsity sports.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Most sports are division 3, and MIT doesn't have the best teams sometimes so it's not too interesting to watch. Some games are good though and very fun to attend. The school spirit is not there. The school athletic center is very nice and open students but the football field leaves much to be desired.

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Although MIT is obviously not one of the most athletically competitive schools in the nation—or the Boston area for the matter—many students here are very interested in sports. In fact, according to the NCAA, MIT offers one of the the broadest intercollegiate athletic programs in the country, along with having one of the athletic programs with the most Academic All-Americans. There are several sports that gain acclaim, such as fencing, sailing, swimming, and, most recently, the men’s basketball team. Even if MIT isn’t necessarily winning championships, there are definitely more than enough sports for people to get involved in. Some varsity sports will take you even if you have never played before; just be prepared to put in the work—joining a varsity team means that you have to practice at least two hours a day, which is two hours' less study time. As a result of the time they put into practices, though, athletes tend to be fairly good with their time-management skills.

MIT also offers a wide variety of club and IM sports, which are actually a favorite pastime of many MIT students. There are more than 1,000 IM teams with a 75 percent undergraduate participation rate. Most teams are organized through living groups, and IMs exist for everything from football to foosball. Again, if you’re good, you can join one of the better leagues, but if you’ve never played before, there’s usually a league for people like you, too. The great thing about IMs is that games are fairly infrequent, and they’re a lot of fun.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Football Conference
Basketball: New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
School Colors
Cardinal red and steel grey
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
391 - 17%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
295 - 15%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Cheerleading club
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Figure skating
  • Ice hockey (women's)
  • Isshinryu karate-do
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Judo
  • Kendo
  • Kickboxing
  • Kokikai Aikido
  • Korean karate
  • Kung Fu
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Shotokan karate
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do Club
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men'sĀ and women's)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo (women's)
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Foosball
  • Ice hockey
  • Octathon
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Unihoc (indoor hockey)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • DuPont Gymnasium
  • Johnson Athletics Center
  • Zesiger Center
Most Popular Sports
Crew, track and field
School Spirit
When it comes to school spirit, most students have a love/hate relationship with MIT, and "spirit" is focused more within housing communities, than it is within the overall University structure. Students have a fierce pride in their living groups.
Getting Tickets
All games at MIT are free.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Charles River Esplanade Park has a popular jogging trail that lines several miles of the Charles River. The Hatch Shell and Charles River Community Boating are popular destinations in the summer. Every Fourth of July, a fireworks spectacle featuring the Boston Pops draws in tens of thousands of watchers.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 54 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 6% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 65% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 30% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 53 responses

  • 51% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 11% 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 54 responses

  • 22% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 69% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 9% 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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