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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Smith athletics are great considering what the school is. We're a division 3, liberal arts college, so of course no one's social life revolves around attending a sporting event, but people do go to games and its always fun when I've gone!

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The location and hours of our gym are terrible, but the facilities are actually really great.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I wish that the athletic facilities had more accesable times for non-athlete students, but overall I think we have great facilities

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basically if you're not an athlete participating in a school sport, you'll almost never hear of anything going on in the athletics department.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The athletic culture at Smith isn't overwhelming or alienating--there's a nice mix of people. If you're into sports, you have a community, but there is also a community of people who don't pay any attention to sports events etc. and are very active in campus life in other ways. Intramural sports and clubs are fun and (generally) low-pressure; the gym has drop-in exercise classes and good equipment. There's a good amount of fan support and school spirit but Smith has a lot more going on than just sporting events. Team performance is generally good, some teams are in higher divisions than others and have a higher percentage of wins per season. Smith is great for serious athletes, but it's also a great place to be even if you don't care at all about sports and have no interest in attending sporting events! The athletes tend to be involved in the party scene, but the party scene does not revolve around athletes or athletic victories or athletic events.

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While attending an athletic event is typically not a Smithie’s first priority on a Saturday morning, home games tend to have a good-sized cheering section of students rooting for their friends. In a recent effort to promote school spirit, there was a campus-wide vote to create a new Pioneers "spirit mark," a blue-and-white emblem to go on sports uniforms and Smith merchandise; however, this was not well-received by the student body. Regardless, students who do play sports here will find the experience incredibly rewarding and a major part of their Smith experience. Whether it’s a varsity, club, or intramural sport, participants will discover the incredibly powerful team dynamic that comes from being on a women’s college athletic team—at Smith, each is truly like a family.

Smith has beautiful athletic facilities. The Olin Fitness Center is relatively new, and the gym offers an indoor track, tennis courts, pool, and rock-climbing wall. Smith’s outdoor fields are some of the most beautiful and well-maintained spaces on campus. Even if you don’t usually play sports, intramural games between the houses in sports such as soccer, kickball, and basketball are a great way to stay active, use Smith’s incredible athletic resources, and promote some friendly intra-house competition. There are also non-student-athlete programs at the gym, such as “Get Fit Smith,” and many workout classes in the afternoons, such as Awesome Abs.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference
School Colors
White, blue, and yellow
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
233 - 9%
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Kung Fu
  • Rugby
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Tae kwon do
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Soccer
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ainsworth Fitness Studio
  • Cross country course
  • Equestrian Center
  • Grass fields
  • Indoor Track and Tennis Facility
  • The Olin Fitness Center
  • Outdoor track
  • Smith boathouse
  • Softball field
Most Popular Sports
Crew, rugby, softball, and swimming and diving.
Most Overlooked Teams
Synchronized swimming and ultimate Frisbee.
School Spirit
Students go to games to cheer on their school and their friends, not because sports are a major part of Smith campus culture.
Getting Tickets
Tickets aren't needed for sporting events at Smith.
Best Place to Take a Walk
There is path circling Paradise Pond that students often jog or walk around. During the fall, it is a great place to see foliage and to get away from campus. It is not lighted, so students are encouraged not to walk there at night, but some take the opportunity for a quiet, moonlit stroll.
Did You Know?
  • Smith ranks in the Top 10 among all U.S. colleges and universities in the number of women's varsity sports offered.
  • Julia Child played on the Smith basketball team.
  • Smith was the first women's college to join the NCAA.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 59 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 2% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 63% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 36% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 59 responses

  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 10% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 61% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 58 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 66% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 26% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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