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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Notre Dame football is incredibly fun, whether the team is winning or losing. Football season is so good that people schedule their study abroad options around it and the alumni basically throw the students a party during tailgating time. Basketball and hockey are also fun, but nothing close to what football is. Intramurals and dorm sports are super fun and many people get involved.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The ND Varsity Athletics program is top-notch. If you want to play a sport in college and you're good at it, this is a great place for that. Athletes get to live with everyone else in the dorms, and they get special (usually better) dining hall food, free Under Armor backpacks, and a personal nutritionist. There is a lot of time commitment to the sport, but most would say it's worth it for the love of the sport. As far as student involvement, students mostly support the football, basketball, and hockey teams. And our school that even a question? Go Irish!

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit here rivals anywhere else in the country, and almost every student was a varsity athlete in high school. We all understand sports and love sports.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone comes together for all of the sports on campus whether it be soccer, basketball, hockey, and football of course. Athletics are definitely a huge part of campus, especially football. If we lose a game, it is extremely obvious that night.

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5 College Student

Athletics: The school spirit of ND is fueled very much so by our athletics department. Every year we achieve the honor of being the national champions in some sport or another and that is extremely vital to continually fueling the fire. We are all invested in sports in one way or another.

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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 76 responses

  • 45% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 53% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% 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 76 responses

  • 32% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 61% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 8% 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 77 responses

  • 48% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 43% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 9% 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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