Athletics

Location
Chicago, IL
Undergrads
8,952
Tuition
$34,578
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Athletics: Loyola athletics are great. There are a good amount of spectators at sports events, but its not as big at loyola as it is at a state school.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Student involvement is increasing each year, the men's volleyball team is the best sports team, lots of school spirit

3 College Senior

Athletics: The varsity athletics are really not a part of daily life on campus. Apparently Loyola has an excellent men's volleyball program, which I only became aware of after the NCAA championship was on TV, and Loyola's team was playing/won.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: no one cares about sports

3 College Junior

Athletics: I focus more on my studies. It's always fun to catch a game now and then. Not a major part of my experience though.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 669th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1246th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Loyola may be an NCAA Division I school, but it hardly shows. Here, intercollegiate athletics are about as noticeable as George was when surrounded by John, Paul, and Ringo. Few students follow the teams unless a cross-town rival, such as the University of Illinois in Chicago, comes to pay a visit. Loyola's lack of a football team upsets many students who would much rather spend their Saturday afternoons sitting on stadium seats than on couch cushions. The men's basketball team has been competitive lately, but it has done little on the national stage since winning the NCAA championship in 1963. The volleyball teams are viewed as a bright spot for varsity sports by many Loyolans, but even they have only an underground following when compared to teams at other schools.

In stark contrast to its varsity squads, Loyola's intramural and club teams thrive. Fueled by a sizeable population of former high school athletes, intramurals are always popular. There is nothing (well, almost nothing) that can ease fragile nerves around finals time like a good game of flag football or indoor soccer. As far as club sports go, the rugby team probably attracts more followers than any of the varsity squads. Few things can top watching your friends beat the heck out of those scions of academia from Northwestern.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Horizon League
School Colors
Maroon and gold
School Nickname
Loyola's teams all go by the name Ramblers, but the school mascot is a wolf named Lou that apparently originates in Loyola's coat of arms.
Men Playing Varsity Sports
114 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
105 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian polo
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (women's)
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball (3-on-3, 5-on-5)
  • Chicago-style softball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football (4-on-4, 11-on-11)
  • In-line hockey
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Nine-ball
  • Playstation 2 tournaments
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Gym
  • Halas Sports Center
  • Joseph J. Gentile Center
Most Overlooked Teams
Hockey, rugby, women's softball, and golf
School Spirit
School spirit is almost nonexistent at Loyola. Still, when the basketball team plays well, students tend to get excited about the possibilities of an NCAA Tournament bid. Perhaps the most telling sign of the students' love for their school is their willingness to protest about it. Loyolans have such affection for their professors and academic programs that they are willing to fight the administration tooth and nail when it threatens them with cutbacks.
Getting Tickets
It is easy to get tickets to all of Loyola's sporting events, and they are all free to students. The only exception to this rule is when a national power such as Michigan State comes to town to play the basketball team, in which case tickets can be scarce.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 114 responses

  • 9% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 53% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 32% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 114 responses

  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 48% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 15% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 34% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 115 responses

  • 18% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 65% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 14% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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