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3 College Freshman

Athletics: You can find any sport to join at Ripon College and if there is a sport that is not offered you are able to make that sport yourself and find classmates that will join. The college is supportive of all sports that the students are interested in and student life tries to support by showing up to as many games as possible.

1 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There is a disproportionate sense of importance that a lot of people place on our athletic teams, considering that Ripon is a D3 school. It seems like no one really attends sporting events other than athletes' families who live close enough and maybe their boyfriend/girlfriend if they have one. Simply put, students who aren't in sports don't really care.

Unfortunately, school spending on the athletic department does not reflect the interests of the majority of students. Recently, a very large amount of money was decided to be used to completely renovate the athletic building. Granted, it is an older building and could use some updates, but it is saddening that Storzer was given an update before any of the academic buildings or student housing buildings. Not everyone plays sports or regularly uses Storzer, but nearly all students live on campus and attend class at upper campus (not Storzer and Rodman).

4 College Junior

Athletics: High game attendance and great school spirit

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3 College Junior

Athletics: I think our athletics are good. I don't know a whole lot about them because I am not on a varsity sport. I am on a club sport and unlike varsity sports we have to buy our own equipment and such.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There's something for everyone if they want it.


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There are a variety of varsity sports teams that are active at Ripon College, even if the turnout at different games isn't always the greatest. There is usually some student support, but games like Homecoming aren't as well-attended as you might think. There is a lot of involvement in intramural sports by both students and faculty. Faculty and staff will either form their own team or play on teams with students. There are also stand-alone tournaments that take place for racquetball, kickball, ultimate Frisbee, and arm wrestling. Then, several times a week, yoga and Zumba are offered in the dance studio. The cost of all intramurals is free and loads of fun! There are also some club teams; the club games are always fun to watch and generally attract a decent amount of players for each team.

The athletic facilities are easy to find and very accessible. Some updates have been made and some more could be used, but overall, they are clean and well-staffed. There is nothing to be embarrassed about when it comes to Ripon's facilities, and the school is always working to make improvements. For example, the cycling team won a Pepsi Refresh Grant and used the money to build a mountain bike trail so that they can practice at home. The trail was built right in Ripon's backyard, the Ceresco Prairie, and it is open for all to use!

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Midwest Conference
Basketball: Midwest Conference
School Colors
Red and white
School Nickname
Red hawk
Men Playing Varsity Sports
211 - 42%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
123 - 23%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Boxing (women's)
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Francis Field
  • Ingalls Field
  • J.M. Storzer Center
  • Larson Courts
  • Prairie Field
  • Tracy Field
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball, men's football, men's soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Cycling and tennis
School Spirit
Ripon takes on a slightly different form of school spirit. Students are definitely proud of their school, and it shows in the way that they take care of it, but there isn't a huge to-do when it comes to games, even big ones like Homecoming. There will be some events planned during the week of Homecoming for all of campus to partake in, but it's more of a community event than a student body event. One will see students at every game, but it couldn't be said that they pack the stands by any means.
Getting Tickets
Tickets and entry to any sporting event at Ripon are free for students. Just bring your student ID!
Best Place to Take a Walk
Ceresco Prairie Conservancy
Did You Know?
Students can help officiate intramural games and matches. It's a paid position, and the intramural department is always looking for more officials!

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 33% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 60% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 7% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 31 responses

  • 42% 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.
  • 26% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 37% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 50% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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