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3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are not as big as in other universities but they are supported by the school and students.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: it is mostly club/intramural sports at our school, and everyone seems pleased with that

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3 College Senior

Athletics: I mean, it's there and there may be some people who go to events and support the teams, but overall, the student body doesn't really emphasize the importance of athletics for them.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm sure the athletic department is great for those who are interested, but many of us just don't seem to be.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I honestly pay no attention to the athletics. I know they exist, but I'm not sure how well at tented they are. A lot of students don't care.


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  • 1361st
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1367th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Victoria Adesoba
Downtown Brooklyn
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Sports at NYU are not very popular, and this is not surprising, seeing as NYU is probably the most urban campus in the country. Nevertheless, some of NYU's varsity teams fare pretty well in their respective divisions. If you ask an NYU student about the school’s sports, most will laugh and say, “What sports?” Students all seem to agree that sports lack a genuine presence at NYU.

The teams do their best to advertise and conjure some school spirit, but with no football team, cheering crowds just aren’t happening. Since there really is no campus and sports take place in venues all over the city (and even sometimes outside of the city), sports have a very minimal presence in the overall student life at NYU. Despite the minimal popularity of sports at the school, an effort is being made to engage students and to establish sports as a core aspect of student life at NYU. 

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: University Athletic Association
School Colors
Violet and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
190 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
149 - 1%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Figure skating
  • Hiking
  • Ice hockey
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse
  • Latin and ballroom dance
  • Mascots
  • Racquetball
  • Runners
  • Softball
  • Sport Taekwondo
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
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  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Touch football
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Field - Rutgers-Newark University
  • Chelsea Piers
  • College of Staten Island (soccer)
  • Gaelic Park - Manhattan College (soccer)
  • Hudson River Park's Pier 40 Athletic Fields (soccer)
  • Jerome S. Coles Sports Center
  • Lubetkin Field - New Jersey Institute of Technology (soccer)
  • Palladium Athletic Facility
  • Van Cortlandt Park
Most Popular Sports
Basketball and volleyball draw the biggest crowds, if you can call them "crowds," and are actually a lot of fun to watch.
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's soccer
School Spirit
Although sports are not a big school spirit factor, students are definitely proud of the NYU name. This is evident in the multitude of NYU-emblazoned T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and hats that they wear to class each day (either that, or they just are constantly out of clean laundry). Students in each school at NYU have their own particular brand of pride, many of them thinking that their school is the best. At the beginning of each school year, Coles Sports Center hosts a competition between all of the NYU schools to see who has the most athletic prowess. Events include volleyball, basketball, pingpong, and foosball.
Getting Tickets
In the world of NYU sports, they just want you to be there and cheer, so tickets are either free or nonexistent.
Best Place to Take a Walk
New York City's famous Central Park is perfect for walking, running, biking, or rollerblading, especially in the fall and spring months when the foliage is breathtaking (and these are probably some of the only trees you will see in large groups in the city). Van Cortlandt Park is another option, with plenty of wooded trails and hills for running.
Did You Know?
There are monthly sports rallies where you can eat all of the pizza you want, get free T-shirts, have fun, and meet new people.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 202 responses

  • 14% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 30% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 43% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 203 responses

  • 11% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 67% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 5% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 17% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 203 responses

  • 57% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 39% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 3% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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