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4 College Junior

Athletics: RIT is really big on Hockey. The hockey games receive a tremendous amount of support from staff, students and people within the community. The school spirit is also great to see everyone dressed in school colors on days of the games. The facilities to workout, are nice and easy to access. Also intramural sports are also important at RIT, and a great amount of students participate in them.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Tons of things. Multiple pools, tracks, gyms, weight room you name it they have it.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: RIT's hockey team is Division I

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey is the only one paid attention to

5 College Freshman

Athletics: the athletics are Rochester Institute of Technology are good


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If it weren't for athletics, RIT would rank miserably in the school spirit department. The hockey team has long had a cult-like following here, and many RIT students leave here with fond memories of either watching or participating in one of the best hockey programs in the nation. The Tigers are consistently ranked as one of the top teams in their division and often win the section title. RIT fans are certainly devoted to their Tigers. Many even travel to away games as far away as New Hampshire to cheer them on. Possibly the most devoted Tiger fans (and certainly the most notorious) are found in the far corner of the Ritter Ice Arena. You can spot them by the bright orange shirts reading "Warning: I'm loud and obnoxious at hockey games"-this is an understatement. The Infamous Corner Crew is an integral part of RIT hockey, and the atmosphere at home games wouldn't be the same without them. Some of the more inventive chants include "strawberry shortcake" and "rip, rip, rip!" If you aren't quite a rabid a fan like these guys, don't worry. You can still cheer vehemently for the Tigers from any of the seats, there's just no guarantee you'll be heard over the crew.

All athletics on campus are highly competitive and well coached, either by professionals or fellow students. Students who are involved in athletics find that their grades actually improve and their social lives become better as well. Teammates often study together and party together, creating a level of friendship often lacking in other areas of the RIT social spectrum. Also, students almost unanimously agree that the athletic facilities at RIT are top-notch, and with the recent additions of the Gordon Field House and the new turf-field, athletics are sure to gain even more respect and prestige in the near future.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III & D1 Men's Hockey (no Football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
School Colors
Brown, orange, and white
School Nickname
Ritchie the Tiger
Men Playing Varsity Sports
319 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
219 - 6%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Alpine ski and snowboard
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Bowling
  • Capoeira
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Flag Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse
  • Outing Club
  • Paintball
  • Pool
  • Roller Hockey
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor)
  • Softball
  • Speedball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Archery Range, Tennis Courts, and Fields
  • Boathouse
  • Clark Gym
  • Frank Ritter Ice Arena
  • Gordon Field House
  • Judson Competition Pool and Hale Recreation Room
  • Student Life Center (SLC)
  • Track Complex and Game Field
Most Popular Sports
Hockey and basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball and lacrosse
School Spirit
RIT students are constantly under scrutiny by the administration for many reasons, one of which is the lack of school spirit. Students here just aren't the cheerleader type. Most of us are content to know that we go to a school that has great academics and settle for complaining about other aspects of RIT. During hockey season, the campus has significantly more spirit because the students feel they have something to stand behind. Students like being able to boast that our hockey team is the best, especially when we play against our biggest rival, Elmira. Graduation is the only other time students seem to have any real school spirit. Maybe it is the realization that they are no longer students, but alumni. Now that is something to be proud of.
Getting Tickets
The majority of sporting events are free. Hockey tickets are available at the Gordon Field House ticket office.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The nature trails behind Grace Watson Hall

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 221 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 39% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 50% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 6% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 217 responses

  • 34% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 26% 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 220 responses

  • 11% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 72% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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