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4 College Freshman

Athletics: From what I can see they are very important and people love to play wand watch.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Susquehanna is a Div 3 school, so varsity athletics don't take precedence here like they do at bigger schools like Penn State. However, our athletes and the rest us are enthusiastic about their performance. Our Jacobs' Fitness Center is being renovated this summer to create a varsity only conditioning center that will be under the direct supervision of a full time strength and conditioning coach. The rest of the Fitness Center is also being updated, so that it can serve nonathletes and club athletes just as well as the conditioning center will serve the varsity athletes. As a member of the Rowing team here at Susquehanna, which is registered as a club sport, I can say that club athletics are very popular here and perform just as well as our varsity teams. For example, my team is consistently competes against Div 1 schools at regattas and our men's rugby club team just finished their season third in the nation!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our teams are VERY good in almost every sport, just no one seems to have any school spirit or want to go to the games

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The facilities are up to date and the teams are very close. The fan base for female sports isn't the best though.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Most of athletics teams are not that since. Because of this sporting events usually are not well attended.


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The team on campus that receives the most attention is undoubtedly the football team, even though other teams have far better records. Some teams get less attention than others, particularly the golf and swimming teams. All the teams are very dedicated and have high levels of team spirit. They take their sports very seriously and obey the 48-hour rule that says that team members cannot drink within 48 hours of a meet or game. The turnout to many matches, meets, and games is pretty low when compared to the size of the student body. Many fans are supportive in a subdued sort of way, but there are always a few people in crowds (possibly fueled by alcohol) who have enough enthusiasm for everyone else.

The intramural leagues are popular; teams are made up of groups of friends or campus organizations such as fraternities or sororities. The intramural sports range from flag football to volleyball, and are a lot of fun to watch and participate in. Sports that have the title “club” instead of “team” are also popular on campus, the most popular being crew (both men’s and women’s), rugby (men’s and women’s), and ultimate Frisbee. However, just because these sports have club status, it does not mean they are any less formidable. The women’s rugby team is particularly talented.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Centennial Conference
Basketball: Landmark Conference
School Colors
Orange and maroon
School Nickname
Caped Crusader
Men Playing Varsity Sports
307 - 30%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
210 - 18%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Men's volleyball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Aerobic dance
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Harold Bollinger Field
  • James W. Garrett Sports Complex
  • Nicholas A. Lopardo Stadium
  • Sassafras Fields
Most Popular Sports
Basketball (men's and women's), football
Most Overlooked Teams
Golf (men's and women's)
School Spirit
The school spirit isn't really overwhelming. If you want to go for a school that has crazy, passionate fans, this is not the place. As someone stated in the Athletics Section, "fairweather fans" is an ideal term to describe the spirit at SU.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are not necessary to attend games unless it is a special event like a conference meet or tournament.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The whole campus is very attractive, but it is also nice to walk through town and then walk down by the Susquehanna River.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 36% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 57% 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 69 responses

  • 29% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 36% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 35% 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 68 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 76% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 16% 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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