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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everybody gets really excited when the hockey team plays.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The only D1 team at RPI is hockey, and they tend to do alright. Going to the games during the season is usually a fun thing to do on a Friday night with a few friends. All the other sports aren't too popular with the general student population.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities located at the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV) were constructed very recently. The facilities are very nice but are primarily used by varsity athletes. The basketball court is used for intramural basketball and volleyball at night. There are also two large turf fields that are frequently used for intramural soccer.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports at this school is important, but not as important as the academics.

2 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are certainly not the spotlight at RPI. Most of the varsity teams participate on the third division league with the exception of the ice hockey team which plays on the first division. That being said, hockey games are pretty exciting and usually packed. Hockey is the highlight of RPI athletics and the only sport that really seems to matter in terms of promotion and attendance. Hockey games require an entrance fee ($5 for students). Additionally, club sports are encouraged and do fairly well considering the pool of athletic students that attend an engineering school like RPI. The fitness facilities available for student-athletes are numerous and up to date and even those facilities available for regular students are kept clean have a good amount of equipment.


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Hockey, RPI's only Division I sport, is hands down the student body's favorite. NHL stars Joe Juneau and Adam Oates both went through the program. Football is an early fall favorite until it turns cold, at which point attendance drops off. Intramurals are very popular among students, though, and a very wide range of clubs and intramural sports are offered.

While RPI is a Division III school, the student athletes take athletics very seriously. Hockey and football are the only two that draw a crowd, but the others are still highly competitive within their conference. Don't be fooled by the fact RPI is Division III-those who participate in varsity sports spend as much time and effort practicing as those at any Division I school. Many students find they don't have the time to dedicate to the rigor of varsity sports, though, which is why intramural sports and clubs are so popular. They provide an opportunity for students to remain active but without the demanding requirements of a collegiate sports program.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Basketball: Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
School Colors
Red and white
School Nickname
Engineers, Redhawks, Puckman
Men Playing Varsity Sports
359 - 9%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
192 - 13%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Archery club
  • Badminton
  • Billiards club
  • Capoeira
  • Cheerleading
  • Chung Do Kwon
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Curling Club
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian club
  • Fencing
  • Figure Skating
  • Fitness Club
  • Gymnastics
  • ICA-General
  • Ice Hockey
  • ICA Football
  • ICA Men's Soccer
  • Isshrinyu karate
  • Judo club
  • Juggling
  • Kendo
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Olympic Tae Kwon Do
  • Outing club
  • Paintball
  • Racquetball
  • Rifle club
  • Roller Hockey
  • RPI Gymnastics
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Scuba
  • Ski and snowboard
  • Ski team
  • Squash
  • Swim Club
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis club
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wing Tsun Kung Fu Club
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Ice hockey
  • Open Gym Hockey
  • Open Volleyball
  • Open Wallyball
  • Pool
  • Racquetball
  • Run to Remember
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • '87 Gymnasium
  • The Armory
  • Houston Field House
  • Mueller Fitness Center
  • Robison Pool
Most Popular Sports
The most popular varsity sports are men's hockey and football. The Big Red Freakout is held each February, and it is the single biggest sporting event that RPI holds. No matter the hockey team's record or how bad the weather is, this game is always sold out.
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's baseball, women's basketball, and women's ice hockey
School Spirit
School spirit at RPI is marginal at best. RPI clothing is commonplace, and stickers bearing the school's name or shield can be seen in many car windows on campus, but it usually ends there. GM Week (Grand Marshal Week) is the biggest school spirit event on campus. Voting for the Grand Marshal, President of the Union, and other officers takes place during this week, and various campus organizations put on activities and competitions. There are no classes on Wednesday of this week, and it is tradition that no tests are given either. The other big outburst of school spirit is the Big Red Freakout, which is a hockey extravaganza and always draws people out to the hockey game to wave red foam hockey sticks around and cheer on their favorite team.
Getting Tickets
You only will need to get tickets ahead of time for men's hockey (which cost money) and football (which doesn't). None of the other teams charge for admittance, and you can usually get tickets for each on the day of the event.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Campus is probably the best (and safest) place to take a walk. During the non-winter months, the campus is actually a fairly attractive place, and if you trek down to Eighth Street (the bottom of campus), you can get a nice view of the city. If the weather is decent and you are feeling adventurous, a walk down by the Hudson River can be nice, as well.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 84 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 25% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 70% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 83 responses

  • 35% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 25% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 39% 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 83 responses

  • 18% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 54% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 28% 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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