Athletics

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Boca Raton, FL
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15,028
Tuition (in-state)
$21,542 ($5,986)
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Average
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3 College Senior

Athletics: Having new young football coaches, a recently new stadium you would think more students would go to the games. Sports are important for the best college experience. FAU supports the varsity and intramural sports however they are still widely neglected when It comes tot he student body.

3 College Senior

Athletics: FAU football is on the rise

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: They aren't really a big part of campus life.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: It isn't as great as it should be.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I am a student athlete here, and I will admit that we get a lot more benefits than the average student. Our fan support is limited, but is definitely on the rise. We have been getting better and better every year, and have been receiving more recognition.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 453rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 815th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Arami Kerkian
Hometown
Bath, Ohio
Major
Communications
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While Florida Atlantic University's varsity sports may not be quite as popular as at other schools, they are just as competitive. FAU has 18 varsity sports that compete in the NCAA's Division I Sun Belt Conference. While the football team has only existed since 2001, in 2007, the team became the youngest program ever to receive a bowl bid. Aside from football, FAU also offers basketball, ultimate Frisbee, bowling, and every other sport one could think of, with something for everyone.

Students [proudly wear their red, white, and blue, and tailgating and football games are an exciting part of fall semester. Other spirited events include "Bury the Burrow in Red," where Florida Atlantic students wear as much red as possible during the basketball game between Florida Atlantic and nearby Florida International University. There's an official on-campus spirit group called the "prOWLers," which formed in 2002 to support the men's basketball program during the team's run for the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship. Another traditional competition is the annual Shula Bowl, named after legendary coach Don Shula.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Sun Belt Conference
Basketball: Sun Belt Conference
School Colors
Blue and red
School Nickname
Owls
Men Playing Varsity Sports
316 - 5%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
170 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 58
Basketball: 16
Baseball: 23
Cross Country/Track: 22
Other Sports: 88
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 39%
Basketball: 54%
Baseball: 33%
Cross Country/Track: 50%
Other Sports: 59%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Airsoft
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Cuong Nhu Karate
  • Dive
  • Equestrian
  • Fishing
  • Flag football
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Judo
  • Kiteboarding
  • Lacrosse
  • Paintball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Runner's club
  • Sailing
  • Shorinji Kempo
  • Skim
  • Skydiving
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Strength & power sports
  • Surf
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Track and field
  • Tri-Owls
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Innertube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • FAU Aquatic Center
  • FAU Arena
  • FAU Baseball Stadium
  • FAU Soccer Stadium
  • FAU Softball Stadium
  • FAU Track and Field Complex
  • Fountains Country Club
  • Innovation Village
  • Landshark Stadium
  • Lockhart Stadium
  • Patch Reef Park
  • Tom Oxley Athletic Center
  • Tom Oxley Practice Fields
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, basketball, football

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 172 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 66% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 172 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 45% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 28% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 173 responses

  • 8% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 47% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 40% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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