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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many students attend athletic events such as football, basketball, and hockey games. However, the teams are certainly nowhere near the top tier athletic programs in the country. Games are fun to go to but our teams are UMass are nothing more than sub-par. The athletic facilities are quite nice, including the relatively new Recreation Center, where I spend a majority of my time outside of class.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: UMASS Amherst has pretty good athletic teams, but definitely not in the top of the country. Some of the more popularly attended sports are football in the fall and hockey and basketball in the winter and even for these sports its rare to see a full stadium. While we do have a lot of school spirit the athletic games aren't as widely attended at UMASS for some reason. However the fan support is great and when there is a game people try to go.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I enjoy going to the gym a lot to take the zumba and body toning classes. The equipment is up to date and there is always someone there to help you if needed.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The sports teams aren't the best, but many students still attend games. There are a lot of fields available for students to play on even if they are not part of a team.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Not sure about the athletic teams but we have great facilities.


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UMass in its most recent years has not been known for outstanding sports teams. The school is currently on the rise, as the football team is now playing in Gillette Stadium (home of the New England Patriots), and the basketball team plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Hockey is by far the favored sport on campus, with Boston College as the biggest rivalry. At any given sporting event, there will be an abundance of attendees, but it isn't usually jam-packed, and just about any student can claim a ticket for games. In recent semesters, there has been a strong effort by various student-run organizations, such as the "Mullins Militia," to strengthen students' interest in sporting events. In addition to the University's Division I athletics, intramural sports are popular and a great distraction from homework. The UMass Recreation Center, one of many facilities, is home to a variety of basketball courts, workout machines, organized classes such as yoga and kickboxing, and more. Overall, the gyms on campus are more than adequate. If you play a varsity sport, you will have access to top-of-the-line facilities with much newer equipment. The Mullins Center is a beautiful arena, and the surrounding athletic fields, which include all of the intramural fields, are also in good shape. Overall, when it comes to sports at UMass, it is accurate to say that the Boston Red Sox are more popular here than the Minutemen. The University has a large Boston influence, and most of the enthusiasm displayed by students gets directed toward local professional teams.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-American Conference
Basketball: Atlantic 10 Conference
School Colors
Maroon and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
314 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
291 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 77
Basketball: 29
Baseball: 33
Cross Country/Track: 25
Other Sports: 187
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 50%
Basketball: 33%
Baseball: 25%
Cross Country/Track: 75%
Other Sports: 62%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Club Sports
  • Alpine skiing
  • Baseball (men's)
  • Crew (men's)
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Ice hockey (women's)
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Wrestling (men's)
  • Badminton
  • BASEketball
  • Basketball
  • Bean bag toss
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Run 'n gun football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Speedball
  • Spikeball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Boyden Gymnasium
  • Curry Hicks Cage
  • Earl Lorden Field
  • Joseph J. Rogers Jr. Pool
  • Mullens Center Ice Rink
  • Mullins Tennis Courts
  • Recreation Center
  • Richard F. Garber Field
  • Rudd Field
  • Southwest Horseshoe Basketball Courts
  • UMass Softball Complex
  • UMass Track & Field Complex
  • Varsity Weight Room
  • Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium
  • William D. Mullins Memorial Center
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football, hockey
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, crew, club soccer
School Spirit
Although school spirit is not as big at UMass as it is at other large state schools, it is on the rise with the help of student groups dedicated to growing attendance rates to sporting events. You can see many students representing maroon and white, the school colors, throughout campus. There are certain sporting events that are known to draw big crowds at UMass, like Midnight Madness, the Homecoming football game and various tailgates.
Getting Tickets
All regular season sporting events are free for students—just show up with your student ID.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The best places to take a walk are around the campus pond, the bike path, or the center of town.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 293 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 48% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 46% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 294 responses

  • 24% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 40% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 33% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 293 responses

  • 22% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 60% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 14% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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