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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at Tulane is alright sports wise. I feel like club and intramural sports are much more popular, and there is a definite lack of school spirit around campus.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Still wishing for more Tulane team spirit/fan support at most varsity sport events. There are always a lot of people at the first home football game, the homecoming game, and the Tulane/LSU baseball game. Men's basketball is also pretty well-attended. Other than that, though, don't hope for much unless the new football stadium changes things up.

Intramurals are serious, especially basketball. Some teams even make their own jerseys to play. Club sports are pretty popular, too. Club teams travel and compete all over the country and they're usually a pretty tight-knit group of people.

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College Freshman

Athletics: The availability of athletics at the university is great. The only problem is that the fan base is sub-par. There is a massive overshadowing of all collegiate sports in the Greater New Orleans area because of LSU. The majority of the residents of the area of Louisiana State University fans, and that trickles down the rest of the community, including alumni from the local universities.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students here don't have a passion for athletics.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We aren't known for sports. The football team is getting better and we're getting a stadium. Intramural/Club sports are there but some facilities for example, Tennis are limited.


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  • 415th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1346th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Toppenberg
Knoxville, TN
Spanish/Latin American Studies
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A number of things might come to mind when one thinks of Tulane, but its athletic department is not one of them. The baseball, basketball, and volleyball teams are some of the best, but they’re still not widely supported amongst the student body. The University’s football games are played in the Superdome, the stadium for the city’s football team (the Saints), but since it’s off-campus and sort of difficult to get to, only a small portion of students end up going to the games regularly.

A lot of students are involved in club sports because of there are so many more sports offered in club than varsity and they are much more laid-back. Intramurals are fun to participate in, but these tend to be much less organized, and they do not last very long—there are only a few games in a season. Both club and intramural sports are a great way to meet new people, but participation isn’t necessary for your social standing. Students who are not involved in sports usually show no support for them or interest in them. No one comes to Tulane because of the sports atmosphere so if you’re a big football or baseball fan, don’t be surprised when there isn’t a huge following.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Conference USA
Basketball: Conference USA
School Colors
Green, white, and blue
School Nickname
Riptide the Pelican, Green Wave
Men Playing Varsity Sports
173 - 7%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
121 - 4%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 13
Basketball: 6
Baseball: 6
Cross Country/Track: 5
Other Sports: 16
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 54%
Basketball: 83%
Baseball: 33%
Cross Country/Track: 60%
Other Sports: 75%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Baseball
  • Boxing/MMA
  • Capoeira
  • Cricket
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Ninjutsu
  • Paintball
  • Rock climbing
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Waterskiing
  • Basketball
  • Biathlon
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Handball
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Quickball
  • Racquetball
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
Reily Recreation Center
Most Popular Sports
Like most universities, football is probably the most popular sport on campus. However, there is also support for basketball and volleyball teams.
Most Overlooked Teams
Field Hockey, Fencing, Sailing
School Spirit
While there many not be huge enthusiasm for the sports teams on campus, Tulane's students know how to show their pride in just about every other respect. The bookstore sells every kind of clothing imaginable with Tulane's name on it, though it's hardly necessary to shop there since just about every event that goes on at Tulane gives out free t-shirts. Students are also very supportive of their clubs and organizations. Sorority girls always have some article of clothing with their Greek letters on them, and Tulane's rowing team's shirts are worn in cult following. Clothing is just an external way for students to show their commitment and pride for their school; whether it's to one or many, Tulane students whole-heartedly support the organizations to which they belong.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are often free with a student ID and very easy to get.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Audubon Park, Academic Quad

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 68 responses

  • 34% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 60% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 4% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 68 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 44% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 18% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 37% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 66 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 30% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 53% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.



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