Athletics and Fitness
Vassar’s goal in athletics and physical education is to meet the full range of needs of a diverse community — from scholar-athletes who are top competitors in their sports to weekend players looking for recreation to non-athletes interested in keeping fit. The athletics and physical education program offers a wide range of intercollegiate varsity, club, intramural, recreational, and fitness options. Over half the student body is involved in one or more of these programs.
The college fields 23 varsity teams and is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), and the Liberty League. Athletes are supported by coaches who are also, with few exceptions, members of the teaching faculty in the Department of Physical Education, and many of whom were top intercollegiate athletes themselves. To read profiles of Vassar’s varsity teams and coaches, visit the Athletics website.
Quite possibly the most frequently used facility on campus aside from the library, the Athletics and Fitness Center is a 53,000-square-foot building with a varsity gym, an elevated running track on the gym’s upper deck, and a fitness center with cardiovascular equipment, free weights, and machine weights.
Connected to the Athletics and Fitness Center is Walker Field House, a flexible multipurpose facility with 42,250 square feet of floor space (where many teams hold indoor practices) as well as a 25-meter, six-lane pool with a separate diving well with 1-meter and 3-meter boards.
Kenyon Hall contains six international squash courts, a recently upgraded volleyball court, a varsity weight room, and a rowing room.
Outdoor facilities include a nine-hole golf course, 13 tennis courts, and numerous playing fields. Prentiss Field has a quarter-mile all-weather track, two soccer fields, field hockey game and practice fields, and a baseball diamond. The J.L. Weinberg Field Sports Pavilion at Prentiss field includes locker rooms, a sports medicine facility, and a laundry facility. The Vassar Farm contains the rugby field and practice grids. Rowing facilities include a boathouse and a 16-acre parcel of land on the Hudson River.