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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: We have some great D3 sports teams, with multiple of them reaching the national tournament.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are NOT what Tufts revolves around, but athletes are always a presence on campus and in our campus news. Despite that, the gym is accessible and popular among students, and healthy living is always encouraged and doable.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics seem to be a very important part of campus life for many people. It can be a wonderful resource for many students, and can particularly helpful for creating accessibility for a lot of students. For my own personal experience I don't engage in the sports programs my school offers so I can't really speak about them too much.

4 College Student

Athletics: I go to the gym all the time and the facilities are pretty good. While varsity sports is not a big part of Tufts life, you still have much opportunity to attend events and see them.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Not too much emphasis on sports, but they're definetly around if you want them


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The University certainly doesn’t own any kind of athletic bragging rights over any other schools, which is why those who believe sports are the essence of college have probably never heard of Tufts. A little known fact, though, is that the first American college football game took place between Tufts and Harvard. Tufts has a long-standing tradition of athletics, but most students find that school spirit is not focused around sports at all.

Tufts does have a couple of pretty good teams, and the competition in the NESCAC keeps things interesting. When a team is doing well, Tufts students will support it. Intramurals and club sports are popular, and the gym is always crowded—it’s not that Tufts students are not athletic—they are just content to enjoy sports for the fun of the game, and are not looking for all the fanfare you might find at some larger state schools.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Small College Ath Conf
Basketball: New England Small College Ath Conf
School Colors
Brown and blue
School Nickname
Jumbo (PT Barnum's cherished elephant)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
440 - 17%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
352 - 13%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cycling (coed)
  • Equestrian (coed)
  • Fencing (men's)
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Skiing (coed)
  • Table tennis
  • Tae kwon do
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's, women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Water polo (coed)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Futsal (indoor soccer)
  • Lacrosse (women's)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ames Human Performance Center
  • Cousens Gymnasium
  • Gantcher Center
  • Hamilton Pool
  • Jackson Gym
  • Tennis Courts
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball, women's basketball, men's football, men's baseball, women's soccer, men's soccer, sailing
Most Overlooked Teams
Crew, ultimate Frisbee, women's volleyball
School Spirit
Students will go to Homecoming and Parents' weekend football games, and if a team is doing really well, they will get excited about it; but Tufts school spirit extends further than sports. Despite the name sounding bad at first, almost all Tufts students are proud to be Jumbos. Most Tufts students express an affinity for Jumbo, and could recite the story of how Jumbo came to be Tufts' mascot, and of the tragic fire that destroyed the real Jumbo. Most students are very happy at Tufts, and proud of their school. In times of tragedy, the campus is able to come together very quickly and support each other as members of a community. No one knows the alma mater except the a cappella groups, and most students could only mutter a few syllables of the fight song, but on Tuftonia's Day (Tufts' birthday), everyone celebrates. School spirit is hard to avoid, since the Tufts Spirit Coalition is always cooking up something.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Down Powderhouse Boulevard, past the rotary, and through to the little community park

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 88 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 6% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 65% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 30% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 88 responses

  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 16% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 57% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 5% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 85 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 59% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 28% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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