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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics aren't as big a deal at Northeastern as some other schools of similar size, but that doesn't mean they aren't important. There's a huge array of intramural and club sports, nearly anything you could want. As far as varsity sports go, hockey is the only one that gets serious attention and draws the most fans. However, Northeastern's men's and women's rowing teams are consistently to be among the top in the country, ranking alongside Ivy League and West Coast teams, yearly.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Except for hockey or basketball, not a lot of varsity sports games are attended to my knowledge. Also, if a sport doesn't have a varsity division, it's very difficult to get on the club team but the intramural is too easy so it's an awkward in between.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Northeastern isn't really a school know for its athletics. If you want to play a sport, you absolutely can, but your whole life isn't going to centered around it. Most of the student athletes understand that academics come first. Intramural sports are very low key and don't require a lot of commitment but are a fun way to get involved. Sporting events are mostly attended for free swag unless the team is doing well, then people start showing more support.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Northeastern doesn't have a football team, so our basketball and hockey teams are the ones with the biggest fan bases. Hockey is a big deal as we have been successful recently, last year the team won the Hockey East Championship at TD Garden and was able to move on. Basketball varies but the big games against rivals are still popular to go to. Our basketball/hockey arena is on campus, but if you want to watch other sports, like soccer, you need to go off campus and take a shuttle to the fields.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I haven't been here long enough to judge how great the athletics are. However, I've been to the gym and other athletic facilities and everything looks brand new and top notch.


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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 279 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 31% 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 279 responses

  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 29% 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 279 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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