Since the University of Cincinnati joined the Big East Conference in 2005, the Bearcats have taken on bigger rivals and have had some big games. The success of the football and men's basketball programs has put athletics at the forefront of student life at UC. Now, more than ever before, students are going to and talking about games and getting in the spirit of being a Bearcat. Every student should go to at least a few games throughout their college career, even if sports aren't really up their alley. The energy of students, faculty, alumni, and other fans is just incredible. Generally, the crowd is decked out in red and black, and the atmosphere is buzzing with excitement. Bearcat fans are friendly, and people who don't even know you will be cheering with you. It's a great way to meet other students because once you start going to games, you'll get to know people who you've seen before.
Many UC athletes are very talented, and the best part is they are involved off the field or court as well. Many athletes are named to academic honors, whether at UC or in the Big East Conference, and take part in community activities to help others. Most athletes don't have a big head and will hang out and chat with you at a party or in class like they are just another student here. The teams really appreciate their fans and make the UC community a lot closer by bringing everyone together.