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3 College Senior

Athletics: I don't attend many many sports events, but others seem to like it very much and talk about it a lot.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: People who are interested in sports participate and have support but it doesn't really go beyond that.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: not everyone is interested in sport

3 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports aren't given nearly enough credit here. Everyone is more concerned about themselves and their own ambitions to be huge sports supporters, which leads to a lack of school spirit. Hopefully things will be more spirited now that Men's Basketball made it so far this past year.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletic facilities are great for both athletes and non-athletes.


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  • 1270th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1341st
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jesse MacDonald
Law & Society
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Though the sports teams are Division I, and there are several intramural teams, sports do not receive the attention and notoriety that they would at some other schools. Many of the bigger sports fans on campus complain about the absence of a football team. AU is not a school where athletes receive celebrity-like attention or preferential treatment. While a football team is often the focal point of college life, there are many other ways to get involved at AU.

Some students are trying to get their peers more excited—a club known as the Blue Crew goes "all out" at the games, painting their faces and coming up with their own cheers. Basketball and volleyball are popular sports, and in the rare instance where a game is being televised, the turnout is better than usual.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Patriot League
School Colors
Red and blue
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
113 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
147 - 4%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey (men's and women's)
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball (women's)
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men'sĀ and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Sand volleyball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • American Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Bender Arena
  • Jacobs Fitness Center
  • Reeves Aquatic Center
  • Reeves Athletic Complex and Greenberg Track
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, soccer, and volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
The wrestling team is well funded, well recruited, and is coached by former Olympians.
School Spirit
The Blue Crew is an increasingly large group of rabid fans that go to sports games to raise a ruckus, covered in team colors. Think customized T-shirts, face paint, and wild and crazy cheers.
Getting Tickets
Tickets for events are free to students, though the most popular games fill up fast.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Rock Creek Park, the Nebraska Avenue dog park
Did You Know?
AU boasts that their football team is "still undefeated" thanks to not existing.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 103 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 11% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 61% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 28% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 104 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 47% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 37% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 14% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 104 responses

  • 20% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 16% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 58% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost no one participates in them.


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