In general, IUPUI students’ attitudes toward sports are apathetic. Very few students attend sporting events at all, but the ones that do are pretty loyal fans. Getting tickets to any athletic event at IUPUI is very easy, especially for full-time students. Every full-time student pays a $30 athletic fee, which is included in their tuition for the year. This gets them in to any event as long as they show their Jag Tag (IUPUI student ID). Unfortunately, very few students take advantage of this. Some students think that it is unfair that they have to pay an athletic fee when they never go to any games. Perhaps if the student body was a younger, more traditional one, this fee would seem more useful to them. Instead, most of the students are working adults that do not typically have time to go to games.
Many student athletes are scholarship students and therefore dedicated to the sports they play. Although there are few athletes and teams in comparison to larger universities, the athletes at IUPUI have a good presence, and they seem to take special pride in the teams they represent. All campus bookstores sell Jaguar gear, and many students buy and wear it. The most popular game at IUPUI is definitely basketball (there is no football team), so a lot of the sports action is basketball oriented. There is always a great hype on campus for those few months of basketball season. For the rest of the year, however, students on the Spirit Squad, a student organization that promotes school spirit, keep the Jaguars in high spirits.