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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our school spirit and support for our athletic teams is absolutely incredible. I love going to games and they're so fun because so many people go. Most of our students were athletes in high school so if they aren't playing a varsity sport they are probably still active on campus. Interhall sports (between dorms) are big, super fun and can get pretty competitive. There are also typical intramurals and co rec sports.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Everyone goes out to watch the football games. We are known for our touchdown Jesus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Football, basketball, and hockey are probably the biggest sports, with football being the major one by far. Football game days are awesome! Campus is buzzing with excitement all day and that continues into the stadium during the game. The student section is a ton of fun and almost all undergrads attend the games.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is very strong.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Uhh.... Notre Dame FOOTBALL. It's everything.


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No matter how you look at it, the term "Fighting Irish" goes beyond the realm of athletics, but make no mistake about it, sports are a huge part of life at Notre Dame. Whether it's on the playing field or in the stands, Notre Dame students love a good fight. Sports are a part of the Notre Dame tradition. Most students play sports, have played sports, love sports, or are learning to love them here. Whether varsity or intramural, students flock to watch and participate in Notre Dame athletics. With varsity sports ranging from water polo to football, and IM sports including figure skating and basketball, there's certainly much more to do here than study.

If Notre Dame wasn't a Catholic university, it would be religiously affiliated with sports. Notre Dame is the epitome of the college athletic tradition. Students here do not sit during football or basketball games. They bathe themselves in Kelly green paint, spell out IRISH on bared bodies, and will spend four hours standing in the snow to watch the Fighting Irish play. And believe me, they'll play anything. From inter-hall football to horseshoes, there's a sport for anyone willing to participate. The spirit, determination, student participation, and the expansive program vaults Notre Dame's athletics into a champion's spot.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Division I-A Independents
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Nickname
Fighting Irish "The Leprechaun"
Men Playing Varsity Sports
433 - 10%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
289 - 7%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 77
Basketball: 22
Baseball: 19
Cross Country/Track: 38
Other Sports: 263
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 76%
Basketball: 80%
Baseball: 67%
Cross Country/Track: 100%
Other Sports: 96%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Bowling
  • Boxing (men's and women's)
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Fly fishing
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey (women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Pom pom squad
  • Rowing (men's)
  • Rugby
  • Running (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Squash
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • World Tae Kwan Do Federation Club
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Broomball
  • Cross country
  • Dodgeball
  • Floor hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Stadium
  • Arlotta Stadium
  • Charles W. "Lefty" Smith Jr. Ice Rink
  • Courtney Tennis Center
  • Eck Tennis Center
  • Frank Eck Stadium
  • Guglielmino Athletics Complex
  • Haggar Fitness Center
  • Joyce Center
  • Joyce Center Field House
  • Joyce Center Field House Ice Rink
  • LaBar Practice Complex
  • Loftus Center
  • Melissa Cook Stadium
  • Notre Dame Boathouse
  • Notre Dame Golf Course
  • Notre Dame Stadium
  • Notre Dame Track & Field Stadium
  • Outdoor Facilities
  • Purcell Pavilion
  • Rockne Memorial Center
  • Rolfs Aquatic Center
  • Rolfs Family All-Season Varsity Golf Facility
  • Rolfs Sports Recreation Center
  • St. Joseph Beach
  • Walter Langford Gymnasium
  • Warren Golf Course
Most Popular Sports
Football, then basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball and cross country
Getting Tickets
Season tickets are available to all students. Students are notified about ticket availability and purchasing times via e-mail.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the lakes

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 119 responses

  • 43% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 55% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 119 responses

  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 66% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 12% 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 120 responses

  • 51% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 39% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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