Nashville, TN
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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I love my school spirit

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletic clubs are very important at this school, theres also a lot of student involvement.

2 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are not a big part of campus life. Sororities and fraternities are where most students dedicate their time. However, homecoming week gathers a lot of support for the football team and is an exciting week to be a part of.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our football team is great!!! Big part of TSU's heritage.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's a big deal for most of the student population


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 100th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 295th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Richardson
Tuskegee, AL
Art Concentration Graphic Design, Minor Communications concentration in Journalism
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Tennessee State University's favorite sports are football and basketball. Student participation is pretty high in football and basketball for the guys and volleyball and basketball for the girls. Football games are by far the most popular, and basketball is a close second in participation and attendance. Right before a major football game, such as the John A. Merritt Classic, the Campus Center is covered in royal blue and white balloons and streamers. Around the area, especially by the interstates, there are banners advertising local parties and clubs after the games. Tickets are free for students, except the John A. Merritt Classic, and they are around $20 for guests. The Tennessee State University Tigers (football) play at the LP Field where the Tennessee Titans play their home games. TSU teams are rivals of MTSU (Middle Tennessee State) because the school is in Murfreesboro, TN, and there is always a lot of competition between the schools in any sport. The intramural sports most participated in are basketball for guys and volleyball for girls. The IM sports are played for bragging rights, and everyone who participates in them gets pumped up about them. Students will not have a difficult time fitting in regardless of whether they like sports or not, though. There are many students who do not play or attend any of the sports; however, a student cannot help but keep up-to-date, because students talk about the previous games frequently. Basically, if you do not like sports, try and keep an open mind because you will hear a lot of information about them.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Ohio Valley Conference
Basketball: Ohio Valley Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
122 - 6%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
69 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Gentry Center
  • Wellness/Fitness Center
Most Popular Sports
Football and basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Track and field, volleyball, softball, tennis, marching band
School Spirit
Getting Tickets
It is very easy to get tickets. All you have to do is go to the Campus Center and show your ID, and they will be glad to give you a ticket. Tickets are free to students, except for the John A. Merritt Classic, tickets to which cost around $10. The hours of the ticket office change often, so you must check your school e-mail or the Campus Center for postings.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the campus, Gentry Center Track

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 56 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 38% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 50% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 58 responses

  • 9% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 31% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 31% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 59 responses

  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 15% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 64% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 17% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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