Hamilton sponsors 29 intercollegiate varsity teams, 14 for men and 15 for women. In any given season, 35 to 40 percent of the student body participates in a varsity sport.
Hard work, intensity and expert instruction have built a winning tradition at Hamilton. Most teams boast records that are better than .500, and many are considered among the region's and the country's best. Continental athletes regularly claim top academic and athletic awards on a league and national level.
Hamilton competes at the NCAA Division III level and its teams are members of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). NESCAC members include Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut College, Middlebury, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan and Williams. Hamilton is also a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
The mission of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics is to make a maximum contribution to the liberal arts education of each student. The Department members believe that all phases of physical education (instructional classes, intramural sports, club sports, intercollegiate athletics, and recreational activities) are integral parts of the total educational process. Department policies reflect the educational philosophy, mission, and ideals of the college and department members are committed to the intellectual, physical, and personal development of all students.