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2 College Junior

Athletics: Students do not pay attention to athletics as DePaul is a commuter school. Students are dispersed all over the city, so it's hard for all of us to come together for large sporting events. In addition, DePaul does not necessarily promote athletics as a big part of campus life; DePaul chooses to focus on the diversity of our students and academics.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are one of the prides and joy of the school.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports are great, especially the basketball teams (both men and women). The men have made it to the Big East.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: People at DePaul are more interested in participating the urban life opposed to sports. However, people still attend games and appreciate the players.

2 College Student

Athletics: The school tries to pump money into the mens' basketballs team but they suck and everyone knows it.


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  • 913rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1010th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristian Gist
Cleveland, Ohio
Business Management and Hospitality Leadership
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In an urban setting with so much going on, DePaul students don't usually make going to athletic events their first priority on the weekend. The Blue Crew, a student fan club at DePaul, holds a lot of different events on campus and gives away free things during games, but school spirit tends to be much lower than it would be at a more traditional university. A main issue is that men’s basketball, the most popular sport, doesn't play its home games on campus or anywhere reachable via CTA. The lack of school spirit is exacerbated by the fact that a large part of DePaul's basketball season takes place during the University's six-week-long winter break between Thanksgiving and New Year. The Blue Crew provides student fan buses that travel to and from Allstate Arena, but it takes a little advanced planning. It is free for students to go to all home athletic events and a discount rate is offered for guests. The women's team, which plays on campus at McGrath Arena, usually draws in a bigger crowd of students and locals.

Sporting events other than basketball are held in Lincoln Park, but are not very well advertised on campus, so most of these games are not well attended. Most student support is directed toward Chicago’s professional teams or the teams of the major surrounding cities. But, if you are dying to catch a DePaul game, most of the local bars are great about showing the games on television, and this atmosphere is generally a lot more fun. Plus, you'll encounter more fans in your age bracket than you will at the actual games.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Big East Conference
School Colors
Royal blue, scarlet, and black
School Nickname
Blue Demons
Men Playing Varsity Sports
92 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
109 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Baile
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Capoeira
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Dodgeball
  • Elite dance
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Ritmo Dembow
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Swing dancing
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's, women's)
  • Volleyball (men's, women's)
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Bags
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Chess
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Foosball
  • Indoor soccer
  • Innertube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Madden (PlayStation)
  • NCAA (Xbox 360)
  • Racquetball
  • Scrabble
  • Shuffleboard
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Trivia
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Allstate Arena (basketball)
  • Cacciatore Stadium (softball)
  • McGrath Arena (women's basketball, volleyball)
  • Ray Meyer Fitness Center
  • Sullivan Athletic Center
  • Wish Field (soccer)
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball
School Spirit
While students don't often go out of their way to attend sporting events dressed in school colors while carrying large, blue foam fingers, DePaul students have a lot of spirit. However, this spirit is more often directed toward the volunteerism, social activism, and advocacy. The spirit of DePaul is based on the values of Saint Vincent and those values are celebrated often on campus. The Vincentian commitment to the poor is apparent throughout campus and the surrounding communities, and students aren't afraid to represent that mission. The spirit of DePaul is based on the values of Saint Vincent and those values are celebrated often on campus.
Getting Tickets
Student pay an athletic fee each year, which allows them to get free tickets. Students can get tickets through DePaul's website, but if the team is having a good year or if there's a big game, most tickets are reserved early in the year by alumni. Definitely buy your ticket for the DePaul-Marquette men's basketball game before the season even starts, if you can.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The lakefront, through Lincoln Park Zoo, Oz Park, or along Armitage Avenue.
Did You Know?
The gym, commonly referred to as "The Ray," was named after legendary DePaul basketball coach Ray Meyer. A mural at the entranceway is an appreciation of his memory.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 132 responses

  • 12% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 49% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 36% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 131 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 53% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 20% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 24% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 131 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 63% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 21% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.



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