Athletics-varsity, club, and intramural-play an important role on campus. At some point in their Princeton career, most students will have some exposure to campus athletics, whether it is attending a game of the title-winning men's lacrosse team at the Class of 1952 Stadium or participating in a yoga class at Dillon Gym. For students who are not up to varsity level, there are plenty of opportunities to participate on a team whether it is on one of the spirited IM teams or one of the University's 34 club teams. Scenic features such as the wooded towpath and Lake Carnegie also encourage students to take a break from their work and go jogging along one of the University's trails.
For a small Ivy League school, Princeton exhibits an athletic prowess that's almost surprising. Unable to offer athletic scholarships, the University draws athletes who come to Princeton not only because of some of the award-winning athletic teams but also because of the top-notch academics. The Ivy League provides a fantastic rivalry and gives Princeton students another venue for bragging about their abilities on and off the field.