Chicago, IL
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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: No one cares about sports here. UChicago had the first Heinemann Trophy winner, but everyday I hear someone ask if we have a football team. We also have the McDonalds All American Dunk contest here every year, but students do not often show up, just the Hyde Park community. IM sports are somewhat popular, but no one really cares. The athletic facilities are extremely nice though, with Ratner being recently built. Crown is older, but it was renovated and is mostly where the athletes lift and practice in the winter.

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1 College Freshman

Athletics: So this is VERY qualified: the students generally love intramural sports, there's huge participation, there's great spirit and competition in them, etc. BUT there is absolutely no spirit or appreciation for varsity sports. No one cares. There is a similar level of involvement. Likewise, there is no school spirit as regards sports or athletic ability. I don't even know how good our teams are.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: There really isn't much of a following here, but our teams aren't bad and if you're involved, your friends will definitely care enough to come out. But again, it's not a huge deal.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: No one really cares about athletics and athletes, to the point where we don't know anything about them.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: You can be as active as you want to be. They have lots of fitness programs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 350th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1364th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liane Rousseau
Cincinnati, Ohio
English Language and Literature
Grad Year
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At the University of Chicago, it's not uncommon for someone not to realize that the University has a football team until after he or she graduates. The general student body gets more excited about a good grade on a calculus test than a football tailgate. However, school spirit and interest in athletics is continuously growing. With the use of the Common Application, the University is attracting more mainstream students who are taking a genuine interest in the University's sports. They should—because a majority of the teams dominates the UAA (University Athletic Association conference) and is recognized nationally within the division. The sports games do have some attendance, but the majority of fans is other athletes or friends of the players, not random students.

Outside of the athletic scene, there is a feeling of school spirit. However, instead of banding together to cheer on the Maroons, students tend to rally around the difficulty of the school. It’s a perverse type of school spirit, but it still is a unifying attitude among students. Students show individual house spirit and pride during intramural sports, which are very popular on campus. There are also some club sports—like crew, ultimate Frisbee, rugby, and lacrosse—that have a fair amount of participation. If students aren’t interested in sports, they can still take advantage of the amazing facilities. Ratner Athletics Center is modern and well maintained, and Henry Crown Field House has a classic-gym feel. Stagg Field and the tennis courts next to it are also open to the public. Basically, school spirit and varsity athletics exist, but there is still more room for both of them to grow.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: University Athletic Association
Basketball: University Athletic Association
School Colors
Maroon and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
266 - 10%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
160 - 6%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Aikido Kokikai
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Bocce ball
  • Climbing
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Falun Gong
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Floor ball
  • Genkikai Ki-Aikido
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hwa Rang Do/Tae Soo Do
  • Ice hockey
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Jiujitsu
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tang Soo Do
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Velo
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Broomball
  • Chess
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Foosball
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Amos Alonzo Stagg Field
  • Bernard J. DelGiorno Fitness Center
  • Gerald Ratner Athletics Center
  • Gymnasia
  • Henry Crown Field House
  • J. Kyle Anderson Field
  • Myers-McLoraine Pool
  • Outdoor tennis courts
Most Popular Sports
All sports have some sort of following, no matter how small. The most attended are football, soccer, basketball, and volleyball. The games are generally exciting, and the teams have a fair amount of national recognition within Division III.
Most Overlooked Teams
Every one. Sports are generally overlooked by the student body. However, they do have a fan base of athletes or ex-high school athletes.
School Spirit
There is a very perverted school spirit. More people tend to cheer about the depressing workload or socially awkward people. You'll see more shirts that say "University of Chicago: Hell Does Freeze Over" or "University of Chicago: Where the squirrels are more aggressive than the guys and cuter than the girls" than any shirt that actually says "Go Maroons." However, school spirit is continually growing as the University attracts more mainstream students with the use of the Common Application. There are more and more tailgates for football games or themed nights for basketball. Students also take a lot of pride in their intramural teams, showing spirit in their particular houses.
Getting Tickets
Admission is free for students to all U of C sporting events.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Lake Shore, the Point, Chicago Botanical Garden, the Main Quadrangle
Did You Know?
In 1935, University of Chicago football player Jay Berwanger was the first to receive the Heisman Trophy.

Student Polls

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

  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 18% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 47% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 33% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 67 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 46% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 52% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 60% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 39% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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