Athletics

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Saint Louis, MO
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$36,090
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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: If having the SEC football experience tops your list, SLU isn't your school. Even if we had a football team it would suck and no one would go to games. Our basketball team is great and we have an amazing arena (thanks Chaifetz). The games are full of school spirit and definitely worth going to. Oh and don't forget about our soccer team! Go Billikens!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I love the Billikens and am so proud to call myself one. Cheering them on is a huge activity here.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I don't care about the sports activities other than working out. I'm too busying studying for my nursing degree.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are all Billikens!! we all show support and get things together for our school. we all go to every game and make posters for each player no matter what sport it is. its the best time to see school spirit from every single student that attends SLU

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is great. Our basketball team is doing really well and games are a lot of fun.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 191st
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 695th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Katie Kuemmel
Hometown
Waukesha, WI
Major
Occupational Therapy
Grad Year
2012
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Although the SLU athletic teams don't have an extensive student following, they do have a small, dedicated group of student fans that grows each year. Since the Chaifetz Arena opened on campus in 2008, men's basketball has become the largest spectator sport, and the student section was renamed the SLUnatics before the 2010 season. Between the pep band and the egging of the Billiken, the student cheering can definitely get rowdy. Men's soccer is the other spectator sport, and Legion 1818 is a group of enthusiastic fans that attend each game, SLU vuvuzelas in hand. The soccer games are better attended by alumni than students. However, there are two games each year that draw a lot of student attention: Welcome Week and Homecoming. During the Welcome Week game, all the freshman residence hall floors have a spirit competition, and everyone is decked out in SLU gear and body paint. During Homecoming, there is a huge fireworks show coordinated to music at halftime. SLU has 16 Division I sports, but basketball and soccer are the only sports that have a student following. Despite the lack of widespread enthusiasm for athletics, there is a lot of SLU spirit and love for our mascot, the Billiken.

Club sports and intramurals are incredibly popular with the student body. Club sports are generally close-knit groups that travel to play all over the Midwest. Club sports teams include everything from soccer to equestrian. Intramurals are inexpensive to participate in and can be competitive or recreational depending on the league. Intramurals include everything from sand volleyball to dodgeball. The Simon Recreation Center is the main workout facility for students, and it features more than 200 pieces of fitness equipment, six basketball courts, fitness classes, an indoor and outdoor pool, and a sand volleyball court. It's widely used by students, and the membership fee is included in tuition.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Atlantic 10 Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Billiken
Men Playing Varsity Sports
131 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
163 - 4%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball (men's)
  • Basketball (women's)
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Disc golf
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Karate
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo
  • Wilderness club
Intramurals
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball (sand)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Anheuser-Busch Center
  • Billiken Sports Center
  • Chaifetz Arena
  • Medical Center Stadium
  • Robert R. Herman Stadium
  • Salus Fitness Center
  • Simon Recreation Center
  • Vandeventer Intramural Fields
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball is the largest spectator sport, followed by men's soccer.
Most Overlooked Teams
The other 14 Division I athletic teams don't get much attention from the students (especially the women's teams). Club sports have dedicated team members but little student fan following.
School Spirit
Despite the lack of widespread enthusiasm for athletics, there is a lot of SLU spirit and love for our mascot, the Billiken, on campus. Even though students may not be able to tell you exactly what a Billiken is, Billiken love is rampant. Students generally love their SLU experience, and it's almost guaranteed on a campus tour that someone will yell to the prospective students, "Come to SLU!"
Getting Tickets
Students get into all sporting events with their student IDs. For basketball tickets, students must show their ID at the Chaifetz Arena to enter the game for "free" (instead of buying season basketball tickets or paying per game, all students now pay a $15 athletic fee each semester to cover ticket prices). There is a loyalty program for game attendance, and IDs are swiped at all games to keep track of attendance points. Prizes are given out to the students with the highest points.
Best Place to Take a Walk
There is a nice landscaped walking area located next to the Chaifetz Arena. Walking down West Pine, the main walking mall through campus, is also a nice walk and students frequently stop to talk with friends they see along the way. Forest Park, which is about two miles away, has a variety of different walking, biking, and running trails.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 86 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 64% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 14% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 87 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 28% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 37% 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 88 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 52% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 42% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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