Athletic Programs at Boston Area Colleges

Athletic programs can be an important factor when choosing a college. For example, if you are a student athlete, the choice of college may affect your future sports career a great deal. On the other hand, if you just want to try out a sport you may be looking for colleges with Intramural and club sports. But even If you are not interested in sports at all you may find that a college with an active athletic program can enhance your experience both socially and emotionally. 

Participating in athletic programs at any level has many advantages.  It will improve your fitness, competitiveness, stamina, drive and discipline. Being part of a sports team will sharpen your teamwork, determination and focus which will help you beyond college. You will form friendships that can last a lifetime. 

Match your Ambition - Types of College Sports

College sports can be played at three levels, namely  Varsity, Club Sports and Intramural.

Varsity Sports

Varsity sports are the most competitive and they represent  the principal athletic teams for colleges. Varsity teams compete against other colleges and are organized into regional groups called athletic conferences. The funding for varsity sports comes from the colleges and sponsors. 

 

Club Sports

Club teams give students an opportunity to play sports competitively without the commitment of varsity sports.  They compete against other colleges on a regional and national level.  Most colleges require students to contribute financially to play in club sports.  This can be a small fee of $50 but can be higher for more expensive sports.  Just about all undergraduate  Colleges in Boston offer club sports.

 

Intramural Sports

College intramural sports allow students, staff and faculty to play sports together and compete with other teams of the same college.  Intramural sports are there to encourage fun and participation without barriers to entry. Participation in intramural sports requires a financial contribution from the student. Just about all undergrad  Colleges in Boston offer Intramural sports.



More about Varsity Sports

Varsity teams are organized nationally into different groups or divisions.  

The biggest and most important are  the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) that serve small private schools  and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) that serve 2-year and community colleges.

The NCAA is the largest and most important college athletics organization. It  is responsible for organizing the majority of college athletic programs. Each college belongs to one of three Divisions based on they amount of resources the colleges invest. 

Division I is the highest with mostly large colleges and universities participating.  Schools in Division I invest the largest amount of resources into athletics and field the largest number of sports teams.  There are 5 Division I schools in the Boston Area such as Boston University,  Harvard University, Boston College, Northeastern University and Merrimack College.  All these schools can give sports scholarships.  

Division II teams represent mid-size schools.  This division is very competitive but these schools may offerfewer sports than Division I. There are four Division II teams in the Boston Area such as Bentley University, Emmanuel College, Gordon College, and Newbury College. All these schools can give sports scholarships.  

Division III  is the largest division in the NCAA and represents smaller schools with smaller athletics budgets.  Most schools in this division prioritize education above athletics and  have the smallest number of practice sessions and competitions. Schools in Division III can’t award athletics scholarships and rely on education-based scholarships instead.  However, Division III teams can be very competitive and every year there are a few Division III players that make it to the pros. Over half of Boston area colleges are in Division III.

 

School Tuition Selectivity Size Location NCAA Sports
Boston Unversity High Tuition Medium Selective Large College City Location Division 1

Men's Sports: Basketball, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field
Women's Sports:  Basketball,  CrossCountry,  Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field

 
Harvard University High Tuition Very Selective Large College City Location Division I

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Sailing, Skiing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Fencing, Field Hockey,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

Northeastern University High Tuition Very Selective Large College City Location Division  I

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Rowing, Track and Field

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Rowing, Soccer,  Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Volleyball

University of Massachusetts Low Tuition Somewhat Selective Large College Metro Boston Location Division  III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field,

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Boston College High Tuition Very Selective Large College City Location Division  I

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Sailing, Skiing, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Women's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country,  Fencing, Field Hockey,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Sailing, Skiing, Soccer, Softball,  Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Bridgewater State University Low Tuition Somewhat Selective Large College Suburban Boston Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Soccer,  Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field,  Wrestling

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Equestrian,  Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Tufts University High Tuition Very Selective Large College City Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Sailing, Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Fencing, Field Hockey,  Lacrosse, Rowing,  Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

MIT High Tuition Very Selective Large College City Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Football,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rifle, Rowing, Sailing, Soccer, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Fencing, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Rifle,  Sailing,Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

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Salem State University Low Tuition SelectivityOne15x15 Large College Suburban Boston Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Ice Hockey,  Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis

Women's Sports: Basketball, Field Hockey,  Ice Hockey, Lacrosse,  Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Northern Essex Community College Low Tuition Open Admission Medium Size College  Suburban Boston Location  NJCAA

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf,  Soccer, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Golf, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball

Framingham State University Low Tuition Medium Selective Medium Size College Suburban Boston Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football,  Ice Hockey, Soccer

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Field Hockey,  Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball,  Track and Field, Volleyball

Lesley University Medium Tuition Medium Selective Medium Size College City Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Brandeis University High Tuition Very Selective Medium Size College Metro Boston Location Division IIII

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing,  Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Fencing, Softball, Soccer Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Simmons University Medium Tuition Medium Selective Medium Size College City Location Division III

Women's Sports: Cross Country,  Field Hockey, Lacrosse,  Soccer, Softball,  Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball

Bentley University High Tuition Very Selective Medium Size College Metro Boston Location Division II

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Field Hockey,  Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, SSwimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Emerson College High Tuition Medium Selective Medium Size College City Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Wentworth Institute of Technology Medium Tuition Medium Selective Medium Size College City Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Women's Sports: Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Endicott College Medium Tuition Medium Selective Medium Size College Suburban Boston Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Sailing, Skiing, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball,

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Equestrian, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Curry College Medium Tuition Medium Selective Medium Size College Metro Boston Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball,  Football,  Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Babson College High Tuition Very Selective Medium Size College Metro Boston Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Skiing,  Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field,

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Merrimack College Medium Tuition Medium Selective Medium Size College Suburban Boston Location Division I

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football,  Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Wellesley College High Tuition Very Selective Medium Size College Suburban Boston Location Division III

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Fencing, Field Hockey,  Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Emmanuel College Medium Tuition Medium Selective Medium Size College City Location Division II

Men's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball,  Track and Field, Volleyball

Lasell College Medium Tuition Somewhat Selective Small College Metro Boston Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Rowing, Sailing, Skiing, Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey,  Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, Volleyball

Gordon College Medium Tuition Medium Selectivity Small College Suburban Boston Location Division II

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Rowing,  Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field

Women's Sports: Basketball,  Cross Country,  Field Hockey,  Lacrosse, Rowing, Soccer, Softball,  Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Regis College Medium Tuition Somewhat Selective Small College Metro Boston Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse,  Soccer, Softball

Fisher College Medium Tuition Somewhat Selective Small College City Location NAIA

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball

Amherst College High Tuition Very Selective Small College Suburban Boston Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse,  Soccer,  Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Field Hockey,  Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse,Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball,

Eastern Nazarene College Medium Tuition Medium Selective Small College Metro Boston Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

Newbury College Medium Tuition Somewhat Selective Small College Metro Boston Location Division II

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Softball,  Lacrosse, Track and Field, Volleyball

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country,  Fiedl Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball, Track and Field

Pine Manor College Medium Tuition Medium Selective Small College Metro Boston Location Division III

Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling

Women's Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball