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3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports aren't really a big part of the university. Basketball is probably the biggest sport on campus and is the most supported by fans.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school is not focused on sports.

4 College Junior

Athletics: There is a newer athletic facility that is really nice. But is kind of small and intimidating to those who don't always go. There's always a place that you can find to work out and there are many surrounding facilities that you can to sports and stuff in which is nice. Overall, big and easily accessible, if you remember your ID card.

College Student

Athletics: While I do know the basic popularity and information pertaining to sports, I grew up in a family utterly disinterested in sports, which passed onto me.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Varsity sports are popular in some sections of the student body, but its not like other schools in terms of athletics madness. Our teams are pretty good at moving balls across grass fields and putting balls through metal hoops. More importantly for the student body are the club and intermural sports. These are much more fun, have way more involvement by the student body, and a great way to make friends. They can get quite competitive too.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1008th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1018th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michael Lis-Sette
Seattle, WA
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Seattle University is not known for athletics, but that does not mean its students are a bunch of lazy homebodies. Intramural sports, while not widespread on campus, are a very popular form of both entertainment and physical exercise. There are leagues for both men and women, as well as coed options, and players can get quite competitive, but overall they tend to take things relatively easily. And the variety of sports that are offered is itself large, with students getting the chance to try everything from softball to outdoor volleyball to three-on-three basketball, though what is being offered can change from quarter to quarter. Plus, the Connolly Center has many options for those interested in sport and exercise, and it is always busy. It can be a pain to actually find an open machine in the evenings, but you shouldn’t let that keep you from heading down there for an hour or two.

Varsity sports are another matter. It was only very recently that Seattle University returned to Division I status, and the school is still trying to put together teams for some sports (baseball will not be active until the 2009-2010 year). And while the men’s basketball team did catch attention on campus and in the local media, there still isn’t a very strong following on campus. School spirit in general is lacking, and despite attempts to increase it through student organizations and promotion of athletic events, attention is still only growing. The athletes themselves are helping to raise awareness, too, and take their sports very seriously. This will probably change as Division I becomes more entrenched in the school and the teams start to develop their own reputation on campus and in the local community, but until then be ready for a relative lack of knowledge about school sports among many fellow students.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Western Athletic Conference
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
164 - 10%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
152 - 6%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hack club
  • Handball
  • Ice hockey
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Marksmanship
  • Outdoor Adventure and Recreation (OAR)
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Skiing
  • Softball
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Team handball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Outdoor Kickball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Connolly Center
  • Fr. Francis A Logan SJ Field (Logan)
  • The Green
  • Tennis Courts
Most Popular Sports
Men's and women's soccer, men's basketball
School Spirit
School Spirit is definitely an aspect SU students and staff need to work on. The athletic programs have a small, faithful following, but the majority of the time, the crowds are made up of as many parents as there are students. The school is working on kick-starting school spirit with the recent addition of Spirit Week and the improvements to the varsity, club, and intramural sports, which are trying to survive on campus.
Getting Tickets
SU campus cards get students in home games free of charge. For everyone else, tickets are sold at the door; there isn't usually a problem getting in.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Arboretum, Alki Beach, Madrona Park, Volunteer Park
Did You Know?
  • In their first season back in Division I, the Redhawks Men's Basketball team won 21 out of their 29 games.
  • More than 1,200 SU students participate, to some degree, in intramural sports; out of 7,560, that's around 16 percent of the full population!

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 11% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 71% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 16% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 37 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 30% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 59% 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 38 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 55% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 21% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 24% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).



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