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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Very rich but school spirit is lacking

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I view the athletics department as very comparable to high school sports. They're not big on campus, but because students recognize the athletes as "sports stars" they are hyped up and over-glorified. They are given undeserving privilages by the professors as well.

3 College Senior

Athletics: The athletics at my school are fairly good. The student body enjoys the basketball team games more so then the football team games. The girls basketball team at my University are really good.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The students are pretty supportive of the athletics at the school. Attendance to home games are great and people carpool to the important away games. The teams do pretty well too, and even if you're not a varsity athlete, you can find some club team to join.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our sports could be better. They have come a long way though. We have a lot of school spirit and do our best to support our teams!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 436th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1351st
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tommie Collins
Hometown
Chicago, IL
Major
Graphic Design & English Expression
Grad Year
2015
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"Move the chains! Touchdown Pirates!" The announcer at every home game announces this after our football has scored. With our university mascot the Pirate and our school colors being reflex blue and white, our athletics are certainly a force to be reckoned with. Athletics is important to student life and alumni. During Homecoming, there is a thick atmosphere of pride and excitement for the football game, which is usually against our rival school, Howard. Students, alumni, faculty, and administration can be seen sporting Greek or Hampton paraphernalia. Football is tackled in Armstrong Stadium and basketball is slam-dunked in our Convocation Center. Hampton Pirates athletics offers six varsity sports for men and eight for women. There has a been a slight decline in school spirit, but gradually it is restoring to what it once was. For recreational purposes, the Holland Gymnasium and Student Center are available for students to use on a daily basis for exercise and pastimes. The Student Center even has a bowling alley!

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Basketball: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Pirates
Men Playing Varsity Sports
151 - 10%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
100 - 4%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Sailing
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Sailing
  • Softball
  • Streetball
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Armstrong Stadium
  • Convocation Center
  • Holland Gym
  • Lady Pirates Softball Stadium
  • Neilson-Screen Stadium
  • Woodlands Golf Course
Most Popular Sports
Football is the most popular HU sport. The next popular is probably men's basketball.
Most Overlooked Teams
The women's volleyball and softball teams often complain they don't get much support from students.
School Spirit
Hampton University has some sense of school spirit, though it isn't as dominant here as in other places. HU lacks dominant sports teams that help promote spirit.
Getting Tickets
Hampton University students don't pay to get into games. The cost of games is covered in tuition. For non-students, prices vary for the events.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Along the waterside behind the dorms.
Did You Know?
In 2009, the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced that Hampton University is among the 35 Division I member institutions that have been certified.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 95 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 42% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 47% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 94 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 36% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 51% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 95 responses

  • 9% 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.
  • 64% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 11% Almost no one participates in them.

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