Athletics at Vermont State

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Athletics are an essential part of the Vermont State University experience. Whether you are competing or rooting on your fellow students, you’ll be part of the team here at Vermont State.

Our Castleton, Lyndon, Johnson, and Randolph campuses each offer varsity, intramural, and club sports, and each campus has its own mascot, too. Sometimes our teams even compete against each other — a little friendly competition is all in good fun!

Vermont State’s depth and breadth of athletic programs means you can play your sport — or even two! — on a campus that offers your academic choice, too.

Here, our student-athletes build leadership and teamwork skills that help them excel — in competition, in the classroom, on campus, throughout our communities, and in their field.

Let’s go Spartans, Badgers, Hornets, and Knights!

Castleton Campus — The Spartans

NCAA Division III

“It is a unique feeling to be able to travel and represent the school. It makes my successes on the slopes so much more special. All the hard work that is put in is worth it when you have the support from an entire school.”
Linn Ljungemo ‘19 Spartans: Alpine Skiing

Castleton campus athletics programs are a member of the Little East Conference, one of the premier athletic conferences for public institutions in the NCAA Division III. Castleton programs are also affiliated with the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association, Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, National Intercollegiate Rugby Association, and the New England Hockey Conference.

Women Field Hockey players cheer together on the field.

Johnson Campus — The Badgers

NCAA Division III

“My coach was so supportive, and I felt very welcomed into the community. It’s understood that academics come first here, and because of this I felt comfortable pursuing sports along with my studies.”
Annika Dyhrberg ‘21 Badgers: Softball and Tennis

Johnson campus athletic programs are members of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) and participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division III) and the United East Conference.

Male golf player watches his ball after a swing

Lyndon Campus — The Hornets

NCAA Division III

The award is the North Atlantic Conference’s highest honor. “My college experiences as a scholar, athlete, and leader have all positively influenced my life. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be a college athlete.”
2021-22 NAC Man of the Year: Zach Falkenburg ‘22 Hornets: Basketball, Tennis, and Lacrosse

Woman basketball player dribbles down the court on our Lyndon campus.

Lyndon campus athletic programs are members of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) and participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division III) and the United East Conference.

Randolph Campus — The Knights

United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA)

“Athletics here is a way of life. Athletics teaches you quality leadership skills, teamwork skills, and how to overcome adversity. We hold each other accountable and help each other grow.”
Johnny Johnson ’25 Knights: Basketball and Track

Randolph campus athletic programs participate in the Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC) and are affiliated with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division II. 

Men's soccer fight for the ball on the field while the mascot watches.

Club and Intramural Sports

Intramural sports are a great way for students to have fun, stay active, and meet new people. Our campuses offer a wide variety of intramural options for students.

A snowboarder covered in snow.
A dark haired girl in pink throws a rugby ball.