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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't pay a huge amount of attention to our athletics but for the most part they seem good. Our squash team is one of the best in the country and tennis is pretty decent from what I hear. Our workout facilities are very nice, they're clean and have a variety of options for weight lifting and cardio as well as sports you can play on different courts in the athletic building, I wish I had taken better advantage of them personally, but they're very nice. Club sports also seem pretty popular I was on the fencing team for a bit and found it very enjoyable, quidditch is also huge and honestly a lot more exhausting than I would've imagined. If you're looking for a school that lives and breathes sports and packs stadiums at events U of R is probably not the place for you, but we have very nice facilities with pretty good division 3 teams that all have good followings.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am far from a sports person. That said, I have friends who are on various sports teams, especially Crew, and they seem to get all the equipment and support they could ever need. UR is far from great in better known sports, however, like football or basketball.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: i don't go to the gym

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Nice facilities. Not much school spirit/support at varsity games

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's not an overshadowing or overpowering presence on campus but it's there and it's high quality for being a D-3 school.


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Students are into intramurals, which tends to be the less serious and more fun side of athletics. The general feeling on sports is there is not much reason to support UR varsity athletics. Due to our position as a Division III school, the athletics are less high profile than a larger school, and hence, the lower fan turnout. There is a large amount of the student body that participate in sports themselves, there's just not that many people watching. UR also does not give athletic scholarships, so no superstars for sports show up.

You do see a lot of UR students involved in one facet of athletics or another. Many are die-hards for their own sports; the crew team is a particularly fierce group of people and is up at five in the morning to row on the Genesee River. Intramurals are a way for students to stay active even if it's not participating in a varsity sport. You can start a team on your hall or with your friends and not have to worry about lots of practices, though some intramural sports can be competitive. As a whole, UR is very into fitness; if you ask, you'd find that nearly every student goes to the gym on a regular basis. There is also a fair amount of opportunity for sports, everything from equestrian to cricket. If you're someone who likes to be active and involved in sports, you definitely can be.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: University Athletic Association
Basketball: University Athletic Association
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Rocky the Yellowjacket
Men Playing Varsity Sports
288 - 11%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
223 - 8%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew (men's and women's)
  • Cycling
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Ice hockey (men's and women's)
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Outing club
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan karate
  • Ski and Snowboard
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Squash (women's)
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tai Chi
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Wado Ryu Karate
  • Water polo
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Fauver Stadium
  • Goergen Athletic Center
  • Grass Playing Fields
  • Peter Lyman Tennis Center
  • Speegle-Wilbraham Pool
  • Spurrier Gym
Most Popular Sports
Basketball is mostly popular since the team has generally made the D3 NCAA tournament the past few years. Both men's and women's are well-attended for the bigger games.
Most Overlooked Teams
Volleyball, squash
School Spirit
School spirit is strong here. Most people love the UofR and show it by wearing clothes all the time. Attendance at some sporting events is strong, though it is still sorely lacking.
Getting Tickets
Most games are free, the exception being the NCAA tournament. Games are never sold out.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Along the Genesee River

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 134 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 7% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 57% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 34% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 135 responses

  • 38% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 19% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 41% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 129 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 67% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 22% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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