Join a Team—or Make Your Own
It is easy to make athletics and physical fitness a regular part of the undergraduate experience at Harvard. In fact, nearly 80 percent of our students are involved in some kind of athletics—and nearly everyone joins in cheering on their friends and classmates and showing Crimson pride.
Whether a recreational novice or an accomplished varsity athlete, Harvard students stay active, engaged, and healthy. Our facilities include indoor and outdoor tracks, strength and conditioning facilities, boathouses, and courts and fields of all sorts.
Visit Harvard Recreation for recreational, intramural, or club sports, or the Department of Athletics for varsity information.
For a relaxed and independent fitness experience, we offer a variety of recreational facilities where you can practice, play, and participate on your own schedule. We provide equipment for solo exercise as well as group classes.
A sampling of fitness classes includes step, pilates, muscle conditioning, aqua aerobics, kickboxing, and yoga.
Students compete for fun in intramural sports. Teams are organized by entryway and by House. Freshman compete for the Yard Cup, and upperclassmen chase the Straus Cup.
In addition to regular team sports, intramurals include fun special events, such as innertube water polo and dodgeball tournaments.
Intramural teams include flag football, volleyball, soccer, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, hockey, basketball, squash, crew, and softball.
You are also welcome to join or start your own club sport. With less formality than varsity competitions, club sports are a great way to compete and meet new friends in a more relaxed, welcoming environment.
Club teams include aikido, archery, badminton, ballroom dance, basketball, bodybuilding, bowling, boxing, cheerleading, Crimson Dance, cycling, fencing, figure skating, hapkido, juggling, jujitsu, kendo, lacrosse, polo, rugby, Shaolin kempo, Shotokan karate, skiing, soccer, table tennis, tae kwon do, tai chi/kung fu, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and wushu.
Harvard is home to 42 Division I intercollegiate sports teams. Whether you play or support the
Crimson as a fan, you can take pride in participating in the tradition of Harvard athletics.
● Won 144 national or NCAA championships
● Won a combined 435 Ivy League Championships
● Been represented in every modern Olympic Games
Varsity teams include baseball, basketball, crew, cross-country, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, sailing, skiing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.