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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics aren't a huge part of SLC life. They are definitely not as important as actual school work which I respect immensely. But students not involved in athletics can still use the athletic facilities which make promoting a healthy lifestyle on campus much easier.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The gym isn't the best because it is fairly small and a bit updated. However, athletics don't have a big role on campus so students really mind

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The teams are all of quality and the intramural sports are supported by the student body.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not many students are involved in sports. I was on crew team and we couldn't even get a coach till 3/4 of the way through the year, however the department was very supportive of us running the selection process and we got a great coach that we all love. The team is very close and has a lot of team spirit. Joining a team is a great way to meet people and make friends as a first year. The school doesn't have a lot of team spirit and often likes to blame the athletics department for funding issues which is a good example of the scapegoating and self centeredness and misinformation that easily takes hold around campus. Some of my teammates say they even got negative comments on campus when they wore gear that marked them as part of a team.

2 College Junior

Athletics: I rowed for SLC's crew team this year, D3, and the school refused to find us a coach for about 3/4 of the year. The athletics here are a joke.

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Among students and faculty, athleticism at Sarah Lawrence is a mainstay in sarcastic joking. Simply mention the Sarah Lawrence men’s basketball team and in response you’ll hear a grunt of ridicule. The general consensus is that Sarah Lawrence students are brainy, weak creatures, and any of their attempts at physical contests are promises of pathetic failure. But that isn’t entirely true—crew, equestrian, volleyball, basketball, swimming, tennis, and softball are offered at a varsity level. Weekly bouts of ultimate Frisbee, indoor soccer, and squash occur through intramurals or clubs. Teams are typically under-populated and in order to compensate, players often have to stay in for entire games. Turnout for games is low, which may frustrate athletes who work hard to represent the school and don’t receive respect or encouragement from the campus.

The college also holds special events such as 5K road races and basketball tournaments for those who want to be competitive without playing on a team. Others stay in shape by frequenting the Caspar Whitney Fitness Center or by taking physical education classes. The athletic crowd on campus may be small, but their morale is high and facilities top-notch. Coaches and physical education teachers are generally friendly, supportive, and lax—they don’t have any illusions about the non-competitive nature of the average SLC student.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
independent
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Division III Independents
School Colors
Green and white
School Nickname
Gryphon
Men Playing Varsity Sports
40 - 12%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
66 - 7%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Rowing
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Campbell Sports Center (CSC)
  • Marshall Field
  • Sampson Field
  • Tennis courts
Most Popular Sports
The biggest crowds turn out for women's volleyball and men's basketball games at the Campbell Sports Center. That being said, these crowds are still just a spattering of students, many of whom simply come to cheer for specific friends on each team. Ultimate Frisbee happens weekly on the North Lawn (the heart of main campus), and thus, there's always somebody to cheer on the players as they get tackled in the grass.
Most Overlooked Teams
What the SLC women's swim team lacks in being a popular crowd-pleaser, it makes up for with a dogged work ethic and competitive success.
School Spirit
Students are proud of the close-knit, highly-creative community fostered at SLC. There's a feeling that everybody at SLC has something intellectual to offer-whether it's a creative talent, dogged ambition, or a steel-trap memory. A common phrase is, "Well, if he or she got into Sarah Lawrence, he or she can't be stupid." School spirit is evident in the massive turnouts for student art shows and performances, as well as the strong support for events such as Sleaze Week and Bacchanalia. Because there aren't many other nearby colleges, campus life is at times comically insular, and students often bond by lovingly mocking their school with infectious inside jokes and satirical newspapers such as "The Bubble."
Getting Tickets
There are no tickets for SLC athletic events. Even if you show up late for a game, you're likely to get a whole row of bleachers to yourself.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Bronxville River Park and Untermyer Park
Did You Know?
  • In an effort to encourage fitness, the gym holds an annual "Sweatheart Challenge" after Valentine's Day. Participants must complete a rigorous fitness regimen over the course of seven days. Anybody can participate, but only the toughest survive (and get a stylish victory T-shirt).
  • In Slonim Woods, there is a rope course for team confidence training sessions. Take a peek by climbing up Slonim Ledge; however, unauthorized use is forbidden.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 3% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 46% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 51% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 41 responses

  • 7% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 7% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 59% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 27% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 39 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 46% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 31% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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