Intercollegiate Athletics

The athletic department at Hood College is proud to adhere to the philosophy of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division III. Hood College is a member of the Middle Atlantic Conferences, competing in the MAC Commonwealth. The MAC sponsors 22 conference sports that include student-athletes from 17 schools spanning two leagues - the MAC Commonwealth and the MAC Freedom. As a member of the MAC Commonwealth, Hood will compete against Albright College, Alvernia University, Eastern University, Lebanon Valley College, Messiah College, Stevenson University, Widener University and York College in the sports of baseball, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, men's golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. The sports such as cross country, women’s golf, swimming and track and field, will compete against both the MAC Commonwealth schools as well as the MAC Freedom schools. The MAC Freedom is comprised of Arcadia University, Delaware Valley College, DeSales University, Eastern University, Florham Campus - Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kings College, Lycoming College, Misericordia University and Wilkes University, Stevens Institute of Technology and Wilkes University. 

Hood College athletics are designed to contribute to the student’s overall educational experience. Each athletic program is conducted in a manner designed to protect and enhance the physical, educational and spiritual well-being of the student-athlete.

Those interested in women’s intercollegiate competition can compete in basketball, cross country, Esports, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball. Men’s intercollegiate sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, Esports, golf, swimming, soccer, lacrosse, indoor and outdoor track and field and tennis. An equestrian team is offered as a club sport.

Three full-time certified athletic trainers and one certified strength and conditioning coach work with athletes and coaches in all phases of sports medicine including off-season and in-season strength and conditioning. The intercollegiate athletic program at Hood College complements and enhances the learning experience inherent in a liberal arts education. The program provides the opportunity for athletes to excel physically, emotionally and spiritually. Each athlete is challenged to appreciate and respect individual differences, to work collaboratively to achieve a common goal and to strive for excellence.

To be eligible to participate in intercollegiate sports, a student must be enrolled for at least 12 credits, be in good academic standing and, beginning with their sophomore year maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Students on academic or social probation are not permitted to participate in varsity or club sports.