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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not interested in sports but most people here are pretty athletic, and Midd really pours a lot of money (more than they should in my opinion) into sporting and facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic facilities on campus are amazing! They just opened a new field house this past fall (2014). If you're not a varsity athlete you are doing something athletic - club, intramural, hiking, skiing, staying fit. It can be a bit intimidating. The huge presence of athletes on campus does create exclusivity. Overall, it is extremely easy to stay active here.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are a small school that is academically focused, so it's difficult to have great sports teams. However, our men's rugby team is one of the best in the country and other teams often do well in our division III NESCAC competitions.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Being a D3 school, it's acknowledged that athletics aren't everything. That being said, with such a large percentage of students playing varsity sports, they are a part of life here, and can be taken rather seriously. Students support Middlebury, especially against other NESCAC teams. Sporting events are fairly well attended, depending on the sport. The athletic facilities are fairly nice and open to everyone, and will shortly be even better with the new field house set to open soon. IM sports are a big draw, soccer and basketball in particular. The majority of campus partakes in some kind of sport, whether it be IM or varsity.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Middlebury has a large percentage of students involved in the athletic program. For many sports, it is easy to walk on to the varsity team, while others require extended prior contact with the coach. Teams perform moderately well on average. There is good fan support, although most athletic events do not attract huge crowds. The gyms and fitness centers are open to all students and are, for the most part, available and not too crowded. The fitness center opens at 9a and closes at 10p during the week, so it is not really possible to go to the gym before class.

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Middlebury is home to some of the best sports teams in Division III. Men’s ice hockey reigns supreme as far as student popularity. Football is surprisingly not as popular as many sports, but the team can still play with the best of them. Furthermore, IM sports teams, such as ultimate Frisbee, are particularly renowned for their raucousness and flagrant sexual debauchery on the weekends. The ski teams and the women’s ice hockey team remain the most overlooked, despite their skills.

If you want to train in some of the most state-of-the-art athletic facilities in the country, Middlebury’s your school. If you want to play with some of the most driven, hard-working, and talented athletes in the country, Middlebury’s your school. And if you simply want to take part in an IM here or there, Middlebury has plenty of those, too. When it comes to athletics, it would suffice to say we’ve got it all—except for a Division I standing in most sports.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Small College Ath Conf
Basketball: New England Small College Ath Conf
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
401 - 32%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
316 - 25%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Figure skating
  • Quidditch
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Touch football
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Dragone Track
  • Field Turf Field
  • Fitness Center
  • Fletcher Field House ("The Bubble")
  • Forbes Baseball Field
  • Kenyon Arena
  • Memorial Field House
  • Natatorium
  • Nelson Recreation Center
  • Pepin Gymnasium
  • Peter Kohn Field
  • Ralph Myhre Golf Course
  • Snow Bowl and Rikert Ski Touring Center
  • Softball field
  • Tennis courts
  • Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium
Most Popular Sports
It only makes sense that Vermont's top teams would be involved in the cold sports like nordic and alpine skiing and ice hockey. Watching men's and women's lacrosse is also popular once the weather starts to get warmer.
Most Overlooked Teams
Swimming and diving, tennis, rugby, skiing, basketball, squash, golf, women's ice hockey
School Spirit
Middlebury College is just small enough to foster a substantial amount of school spirit. It is particularly prominent during ice hockey games and around Winter Carnival time. School spirit is also prominent during Homecoming weekend. Yet, it's sustained the whole year through with kids donning Middlebury logos and apparel. Sometimes Middlebury kids can come off as a bit too pretentious about their school.
Getting Tickets
The only tickets that seem to be in relatively high demand are tickets to men's ice hockey games. You may need to purchase tickets ahead of time if you're looking at the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) championships. Normally, students never have a problem getting into regular season games, even at the last minute. Tickets are free for students and cost $2 during the NESCAC finals.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Down to Otter Creek and through the Marble Works (downtown), around the golf course, on the paths leading from Proctor down to the Ridgeline development (best on a snowy evening), around the Bread Loaf campus and on its cross-country trails

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 39% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 55% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 37 responses

  • 41% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 32% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 24% 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

  • 25% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 56% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 14% 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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