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3 College Junior

Athletics: A very large majority of the students are in sports. Ripon is a DIII school so pretty much anyone can play. Since sports are so popular our board of trustees has decided to redo the entire sports facility. This project is currently underway and will cost the schools millions. In my opinion there were several other places money could have been used first.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a non-athletic student, I don't know very much about the athletic presence on campus. From my understanding, the students involved in athletics are happy with their team's performance most of the time, and fan support is relatively positive.

The biggest con about the athletic aspect of Ripon is the recent Storzer Project. While facility updating is important for any school, it appears that the school administration and board of trustees are placing athletic importance before academic importance. A college is primarily an academic institution, but the recent administration has decided that athletics are more important to focus on for the college.

4 College Student

Athletics: When I first was being recruited by coach Lauren (my now new basketball coach), I had a great impression of her right off the bat. She told me how close of a team they were, and all the players got along great. They take time to do things together in the community, and are willing to help each other in the classroom as well. I know that in their conference, they had a team with one of the highest overall GPA's, which I thought was very impressive and it makes me confident that I will be able to succeed in the classroom as well as on the court. I am confident that when it comes to the sports aspect of college, I have picked the right team.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Homecoming is when you see a lot of school spirit. Other than that weekend, sports aren't a big part of life on campus. They get overshadowed by homework and friends unless you participate.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic facilities are functioning, but need updating. In the next year, the Storzer Center will be getting remodeled and will get the necessary updates and expansions. Varsity sports are a large part of the campus community as many people come to the school to play on Ripon's D3 teams. Ripon's athletic teams are not necessarily the best in the conference, but they are good teams that keep improving. The team atmosphere is positive whether a team wins or loses. Ripon's athletics are a highlight of the school that will only get better as we updated our facilities.


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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 41 responses

  • 7% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 32% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 56% 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 42 responses

  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 31% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 31% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 39% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 46% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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