Varsity Athletics

Boston University offers 23 NCAA Division I varsity sports—13 teams for women and 10 for men. We’re a member of the Patriot League, Hockey East, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

We have a proud history of nationally known athletic teams. Our Men’s Hockey team has won five NCAA championships (including the 2009 title) and has made 27 Frozen Four appearances. BU has sent more players to the NHL than any other college or university, including standouts like Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders, Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild and Colin Wilson of the Nashville Predators.

Other BU varsity teams are no slouches, either. The Women’s Field Hockey team won three out of the last four Patriot League titles. And our Men’s Basketball team has made seven appearances in the NCAA playoffs.

The Men’s Soccer team qualified for the NCAA playoffs in 2008, their ninth time since 1990. The Women’s Soccer team has reached the NCAA tournament 11 times, most recently in 2015.

You can even find Terriers competing in the Olympics. In 2016, BU alums, Gemma Acheampong (CAS’15), Stephanie Nasson (SAR’16) and Garrett Chin (Questrom’18), competed in Rio in swimming and track and field.

Work hard, play hard. That’s sort of our unofficial motto around here. Our student athletes are committed to both their studies and their community. Last year, they participated in over 4,500 hours of community service and outreach. As a member of the Academic All-League team, Remi Ramos (COM’19) not only excelled on the court but off it as well, winning 2017 Patriot League Women’s Tennis Scholar Athlete.

For more about BU varsity teams, visit our Varsity Athletics website.

The Beanpot

You might think an ice hockey tournament with only four teams—and the same four teams year after year—couldn’t possibly bring fans to a frenzy of emotion and excitement. But the annual Beanpot Tournament is Boston’s collegiate athletic event of the year.

The contenders: Boston University, Harvard, Northeastern and Boston College. On two Monday nights in February, the rivals square off against each other in the TD Garden, home of the Bruins (hockey) and Celtics (basketball). The winner takes home a silver bowl suitable for those famous Boston baked beans. Not to mention a year’s worth of bragging rights.

In 2015 the Terriers captured their 30th Beanpot victory. They have played in 50 of the tournament’s 65 title games, leading some Terrier fans to nickname the Beanpot the “BU Invitational Tournament.”