Though students at Whitman take part in all forms of athletics and exercise, varsity sports are not a high priority in students’ lives. In fact, most intramural sports are more popular than varsity sports, and students get pretty into IM athletics. Teams often dress up in costumes and create team cheers rather than support the handful of varsity sports on campus. When a sports program is not very competitive, there is just not a lot about which to get excited, and IM sports provide an appropriate filler. Whitman offers seven IM sports, overshadowing the eight varsity sports. In addition, Whitman has club sports ranging from coed fencing to coed ultimate.
Most students participate in some form of athletics, primarily because most students at Whitman care about exercise and outdoor athletics like hiking, skiing, or bicycling. Athletics are generally a secondary aspect to Whitman life, the first being academics. The most popular varsity sport on campus is basketball and for intramurals, it’s football. Overall, sports are a great way for people to get out of the library and to meet each other, but they are by no means an essential aspect of Whitman social life.