Athletics

Location
Hampton, VA
Undergrads
3,764
Tuition
$19,238
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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!

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Student involvement at Hampton University is weak, people rarely attend the sporting events and when they do little to no school spirit is shown and that is disappointing because are sports teams need our support.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports aren't a huge part of campus life but they still have influence. Fan and school support can be there sometimes but not very often because the football team isn't that good. However, the track and women's basketball teams are some of the best. The gym in the student center is much too small though.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports can be overshadowed by academics

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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
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 would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 91 responses

  • 12% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 53% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 35% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 92 responses

  • 11% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 64% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 16% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 9% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 92 responses

  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 48% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 41% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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