Athletics & Fitness
Athletics, fitness and wellness play an important role in residential liberal arts education and reinforce the College’s commitment to the education of the whole person. More than 75 percent of Connecticut College students participate in sports and fitness/wellness activities at campus facilities; these facilities are among the most heavily used on campus, including a new fitness center that opened in August 2009.
One-third of Connecticut College students are varsity athletes. Women compete in 15 intercollegiate sports; men, 12; and both in the coed sailing team. The 28 varsity teams are governed by NCAA Division III and compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan and Williams. We are also members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Eastern College Athletic Association.
Our student-athletes compete at the highest level on the field and in the classroom. They are encouraged to take full advantage of curricular and co-curricular opportunities on campus. They are regularly recognized for their academic achievement and leadership while striving for athletic excellence in one of the most competitive conferences in the country.
Physical education, intramural and club sports
Teaching students to make fitness and wellness a personal priority, the College offers 33 sections of physical education classes in 23 different areas. One-credit courses reinforce or introduce life skills, such as racquet sports, rock climbing, personal fitness, scuba, skating, rowing/sculling, sailing and sea kayaking.
Intramural and club sports give students opportunities to enjoy team sports without the demands of varsity competition. The intramural program is purely recreational and gives students a fun way to stay fit, build skills and enjoy friendly competition with other students, faculty and staff. Club sports are formally organized and include scheduled games, events and tournaments with club or junior varsity programs at other New England colleges.
Athletic and fitness facilities
The College's facilities include 22,000 square feet of playing surface and seating for 1,000 spectators in the Charles B. Luce Fieldhouse, an artificial turf playing field, a 400-meter track, 20 acres of playing fields, a 37.5 meter pool, a health/fitness and wellness center, cross-country trails, tennis courts, indoor rowing tanks, an ice arena, a boathouse and squash/racquetball courts.
The new fitness center more than triples the amount of exercise and wellness space at the College. With sweeping views of the Thames River, it features free-weight and Cybex equipment, treadmills, ellipticals, and upright and incumbent bikes. The former fitness center now accommodates aerobics, dance and other group exercise programs. This renovation, combined with the new construction, provides close to 10,000 square feet of fitness-wellness space.
The men and women's ice hockey teams play in Dayton Arena, an 800-seat facility adjacent to the fieldhouse. All members of the College community are invited to use the arena during various open hours. Skate rentals are available. Dayton Arena's season runs from Oct. 1 to mid-March.
Our tennis facility, renovated in 2008, provides six courts with the same surface and windscreens used at the U.S. National Tennis Center. These courts, located at the south end of campus, provide space for intercollegiate and recreational tennis.