Athletics

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Washington, DC
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6,270
Tuition
$22,683
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't really do sports and I stay to myself

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Burr gym is very nice. In terms of facilities for dorms, Cook is the next best thing which I don't understand because most of the athletes live in Cook which is right next to the gym. Any other dorm, such as Slowe, nothing to rave about at all.

3 College Student

Athletics: I would say athletics are completely overshadowed by the school's world-class science facility and political advantages. I can't say many students go there for the sports. Students are more interested in the clubs and classes than the sporting events; which to me, is no problem. Howard wasn't meant to be an athletic school.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The sport teams are not that great but they are supported. Homecoming is always special because you never know what famous person will be there. Attending games also gives you an opportunity to reunite with some of your old high school friends that may attend other HBCU's.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports teams aren't that big and focused on like at other school. I would say our most popular teams are the mens basketball and football teams. School spirit isn't that high unless its a big "Classic" game or we are playing our rivals.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 746th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1348th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kali Stewart
Hometown
Orange County, California
Major
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
2015
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Even though there is a very high level of school spirit and pride among students, Howard is not a very sports-oriented school. Most students, except for those who are on athletic scholarships, are not particularly preoccupied with school sports, at least not until the big Homecoming football game when students turn out in droves-no matter how cold it might be-and show support for their fellow Bison and cheer them on until they go hoarse.

There is a wide variety of intramural sports available for students to participate in, and even though participation is fairly high, the numbers are not overwhelming when compared to the size of the student population. Considering students' relative apathy towards sports, major ones like football, basketball, and soccer do have high levels of participation. Football games are by far the most popular and most publicized in the student media, and they are usually the most difficult games to get into. Students can get free tickets for every home game, either at the box office or at the Student Activities Center, while guests have to pay for theirs. Sometimes, there's a problem with overcrowding in the stadium during some of the more publicized games. The Homecoming game is always a good example, where crowds have been known to well exceed the 10,000-seat capacity of Greene Stadium.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Basketball: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
School Colors
Navy blue, white, and red
School Nickname
Bisons
Men Playing Varsity Sports
191 - 9%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
155 - 4%
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 58%
Basketball: 83%
Baseball: 60%
Cross Country/Track: 71%
Other Sports: 78%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Flag football (women's)
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Step team
  • Taekwondo
Intramurals
  • Aerobics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Judo
  • Self-defense
  • Soccer
  • Taekwondo
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Burr Gymnasium
  • Greene Stadium
  • The Pulse
  • Softball field
  • Tennis courts
Most Popular Sports
Football, men's basketball, and women's volleyball are the three most popular sports.
Most Overlooked Teams
Swimming & diving and soccer
School Spirit
School spirit is big on Howard's campus, especially when teams play Howard's rival school, Hampton University (battle of the real HU). Recently, the Victoria's Secret collegiate brand PINK picked up Howard University as one of its schools. On any given day you can see more than a handful of people wearing Howard University paraphernalia. Also, Mecca MOB does a great job of providing school spirit at the big sporting events.
Getting Tickets
Spectators can purchase tickets online, usually through Ticketmaster or at the Cramton Auditorium box office, but students generally only have to present their Howard University ID cards at the sporting event. Football games, however, follow a different procedure. Two days prior to the football game, students can usually go in the basement of Cramton Auditorium, present their student ID card, and pick up a free game ticket.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The walk alongside the reservoir provides for a calm walking route. The route on U Street to Adams Morgan is also a nice walk; there is a lot to see along this path.
Did You Know?
In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2004 graduate David Oliver made his debut in the men's 110m hurdles.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 145 responses

  • 23% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 46% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 29% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 144 responses

  • 8% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 60% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 18% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 15% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 144 responses

  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 58% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 33% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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