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3 College Student

Athletics: You don't go to Northeastern for the sports, you go for the education and co-op.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Awesome facilities and lots of opportunities to join various club and intramural sports

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: People get really passionate about men's basketball and hockey, but sports aren't that big a part of the campus culture. Games can be fun but most people only go to one or two a year. The other sports are fun for the athletes involved in them but no one else really pays attention. The gym is free and open to all students and its huge and has really nice equipment.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: We're not a top tier athletic school, but our Huskies work hard to compete as underdogs in some of the best leagues. We almost beat Duke in the March Madness tournament of 2015, we're current East Coast champions in Hockey, and our girls teams are just as impressive as the mens. Just don't ask about football.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletes work hard to juggle school and sports. The fans are very supportive and helpful in exciting the players to win.


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The city environment does limit the space for athletic arenas for the University. Northeastern's football team was cut in 2009, one of the reasons being the lack of attendance at sports games due to the fact that Parsons Field was a considerable distance from the University. Basketball and hockey, however, are still very popular at Northeastern, and many students head to Matthews Arena to support the teams. "The Beanpot" is an annual hockey tournament between Boston College, Northeastern, Boston University, and Harvard. It has become one of the biggest sports events of the winter season in Boston. 

Unless you're getting tickets for the Beanpot, getting tickets to Northeastern sports games is fairly easy. All students can obtain two tickets for free just by showing their Northeastern ID. The school spirit at athletic events is not comparable to that of bigger schools or state schools, but there is always cheering and excitement among students.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Colonial Athletic Association
School Colors
Red and black
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
188 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
246 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 71
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 16
Cross Country/Track: 32
Other Sports: 182
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 17%
Basketball: 43%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 60%
Other Sports: 62%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Ice hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Alpine skiing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Color guard
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey (men's, women's)
  • Inline hockey
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Paintball
  • Powerlifting
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Softball
  • Squash (men's, women's)
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's, women's)
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Barletta Natatorium
  • Cabot Center
  • Friedman Diamond
  • Henderson Boathouse
  • Matthews Arena
  • Parsons Field
  • Reggie Lewis Center
  • Solomon Court
  • Solomon Track
  • Sweeney Field
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, hockey
Most Overlooked Teams
Crew, field hockey, track
School Spirit
Students wear black and red, the school's colors, around campus and to many events.
Getting Tickets
Go to Matthews Arena and get an "NU Sports Pass." Tickets are not required for admission to soccer, volleyball, field hockey, swimming and diving, track and field, rowing, or baseball games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Students enjoy walking along the Charles River, around the perimeter of the Fens, or strolling and window shopping on Newbury Street.
Did You Know?
Matthews Arena, home of the Northeastern men's and women's ice hockey teams, is the oldest surviving indoor ice hockey arena in the world!

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 261 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 30% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 64% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 4% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 261 responses

  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 28% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 48% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 261 responses

  • 15% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 64% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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