Intercollegiate athletics is a hallmark of the Saint Anselm experience and currently one out of five students at the College are varsity student athletes. The Hawks currently sponsor 19 varsity teams and compete as an NCAA Division II member institution.
Saint Anselm belongs to the Northeast-10 Conference and, in 2017-18, posted its highest finish in the President’s Cup standings in more than ten years. The Presidents’ Cup is an annual honor awarded to the institution that compiles the most cumulative points based on finishes in the regular-season standings or in championship play. The Saint Anselm women’s ice hockey team is a member of the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) and the women’s bowling team competes in the East Coast Conference (ECC).
Several varsity teams have experienced unparalleled recent success as field hockey and volleyball both qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Men’s basketball and women’s basketball both secured the NCAA Division II East Region Championship in 2019. The 2018 softball team reached the NCAA Division II national championship game, and the 2019 field hockey team also reached the national title game in 2019.
Academically, Saint Anselm was one of only 43 NCAA Division II institutions in 2021 to claim the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, presented to member schools earning an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90% or higher. Additionally, the Hawks collectively posted a federal graduation rate (FGR) that is ranked 13th nationally.
Looking to the future, Saint Anselm will play host to the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship in 2023. Grappone Stadium will facilitate the national semifinals and championship games in what will be the first national championship hosted on the Hilltop.
Club Sports &Intramurals
Club sports are an integral part of student life, with dozens of club teams operating as student-run organizations. The College also provides a well-rounded intramural and recreational program offering activities that appeal to the student body regardless of skill level.
Students have access to the Spagnuolo Fitness Center, a 9,000 square foot facility constructed in 2009 that overlooks Sullivan Field and Grappone Stadium. While primarily home to the men’s and women’s ice hockey programs, the Thomas F. Sullivan Arena is another on campus athletic venue that all students can enjoy.