Grinnellians take athletics seriously. We field 20 NCAA Division III teams that compete fiercely and win frequently. One-third of our students play at least one varsity sport.

We approach athletics a bit differently than the typical college — you may have seen our men’s basketball team’s unorthodox approach to scoring and winning highlighted on television or in a magazine. Athletic competition is an integral part of a liberal arts education for our student athletes. They demonstrate progressively quicker thinking, more nuanced team dynamics, and improved physical and mental agility over the course of a season and a career.

We also offer a wide array of intramural and outdoor recreation programs in which the vast majority of Grinnellians participate. Students here wear a path between the library and the Bear Recreation and Athletic Center, demonstrating their commitment to both thinking and living well.

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  • Men’s Varsity Teams

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (indoor and outdoor)

Women’s Varsity Teams

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field (indoor and outdoor)
  • Volleyball

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