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3 College Junior

Athletics: BU is known for its hockey team and so that is a really big thing for the students. Soccer is also somewhat popular and the Nickerson field is pretty large.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There's definitely some die-hard fans, but no one really goes to games unless it's hockey

4 College Junior

Athletics: Students love hockey, and we love when we play BC. However there is a decent portion of the student body involved in intramural sports. The games there can be just as good to watch as the varsity ones if you're on a budget. Also, the city has a lot of sports to offer as well.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have an amazing hockey team with a very loyal following.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: BU Hockey baby! You can't beat it. We have an awesome arena, which doubles as a great place to get a part time job. FitRec is awesome and has great facilities. New Balance Field is brand new and absolutely amazing. I don't think anyone could complain about athletics at BU!!


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  • 613rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 893rd
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Queens, NY
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About half of the students interviewed were totally unaware of the athletic scene at BU, and the remaining students pretty much agreed that there are a decent amount of athletic opportunities for those who are interested. The athletic facilities are rapidly improving with the new addition of the tennis and track center at the Student Village. There seems to be more attention being paid to BU athletics by the administration over the past two years.

Hockey is, by far, the most celebrated varsity sport at BU. There is a “Beanpot” game every year between BU and BC, which always escalates into a party. While BU is not a huge sport mecca, pretty much everything is offered, from Frisbee golf to basketball to snowboarding to sailing. Except . . . there is no football team, so if that is your thing, your best bet is to look elsewhere.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Patriot League
School Colors
Scarlet and white
School Nickname
Rhett, the Boston Terrier
Men Playing Varsity Sports
254 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
297 - 3%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Ice hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Baseball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Dance theatre group
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Figure skating
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Inline hockey
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Kendo
  • Kung Fu
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Paintball
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan karate
  • Ski racing
  • Snowboarding
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo (women's)
  • Basketball (3-on-3, 5-on-5)
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Ice broomball
  • Ice hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Agganis Ice Hockey Arena
  • Aquatics Center
  • Case Gymnasium
  • Dance Theater
  • DeWolfe Boathouse
  • Faneuil Pool
  • FitRec Center
  • Nickerson Field
  • Softball Field
  • Strength & Conditioning Center
  • Student Village Fitness and Recreation Center
  • Track & Tennis Center
  • Walter A. Brown Arena
Most Popular Sports
Hockey is definitely the most popular Division I sport at BU. Popular intramural sports are volleyball, broomball, and basketball.
Most Overlooked Teams
With such a solid fan base for hockey, it is hard to garner fans for other equally deserving teams. Some include the women's track team, which captured four straight American East titles, and the dance and cheerleading teams, which perform at every basketball event.
School Spirit
BU truly lacks a strong base of students who care about university life. While there are certainly select circles that pursue the betterment of student life, it is really hard to get a good turnout at both on- and off-campus events. Most school spirit is definitely shown at hockey games, where fans proudly walk along Commonwealth Avenue displaying their hockey jerseys during game nights. As for other school events, occasionally the students will surprise you, but, for the most part, apathy is rampant.
Getting Tickets
If you are a big sports fan, your best bet is to get the Sports Pass, which, for a fee, allows you to get tickets to all men's and women's ice hockey and basketball games. Otherwise, to buy tickets for a single game, go to the Agganis Arena ticket office at 925 Commonwealth Ave. or call (617) 353-4628. Events at Nickerson Field can be purchased at the gate on game day, while events at the Track and Tennis Center can be purchased at its ticket window.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Walk alongside the Charles River, either on the Boston side, or the Cambridge side. There are statues, gardens, bridges, and benches lining the water. During the day or at night, this is definitely the most picturesque area of the city. There is a bike/blading trail, as well as a pedestrian walk-way, plus tons of grassy places to sit and contemplate, play hacky sack, or read a book. Another good spot to walk is down the center of Commonwealth Avenue, which is lined with trees covered in Christmas lights year round. Best of all, the walk takes you straight through the city until you hit the Boston Public Gardens.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 141 responses

  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 39% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 52% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 6% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 140 responses

  • 52% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 42% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 141 responses

  • 28% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 25% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 46% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.


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