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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: one of the most noticeable lacking aspects of tulane however the football team is on the rise and I would predict that well be top in the Big East, which we just joined, in the next 2-3 years. roll wave, baby.

2 College Junior

Athletics: The school will have a new stadium up this year, but our football team is not very good... so we'll see what happens. Club sports are very popular, and students are able to manage their time well while participating in them.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football program will continue to get bigger at Tulane with the addition of the new football stadium. I expect this rating to improve.

3 College Junior

Athletics: No one goes to varsity sporting events. They're building the new on campus football stadium though so now more people will go probably, if not just for tailgating. Our football team is also getting a lot better which makes them more fun to watch. Intramural sports are pretty big, a lot of the freshman dorm floors and most organizations have intramural sports teams.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our team did very well last year. A lot of people enjoy going to the football games but it is sometimes hard to catch the bus and make it to the Super Bowl. Also, some students don't like feeling like they have to be on a strict schedule as to when they can go to and leave the game, as they have to go by the bus schedule. I think next year when our new football stadium is open our school spirit will see a drastic change as it will be within walking distance, allowing students to get there easily and have school-wide pre games before.


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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
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 would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 72 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 28% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 57% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 74 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 46% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 16% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 74 responses

  • 35% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 59% 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.



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