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3 College Junior

Athletics: It's a big part of the school but our teams are not the best.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball is huge here and students get really pumped to show their Spider pride at these games, but there are also so many other things to do.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of students are involved in at least club or intramural sports. Some teams including Quidditch and Squash do extremely well each year. Others are more laid back and just for fun. School spirit isn't very big.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The rec and wellness facilities for your average student here are amazing! Every machine imaginable is offered as well as free fitness classes all day long in areas from yoga to Zumba to spin and more intense classes too. All of our sports are Division 1 though most people only care about men's basketball and hating VCU. The football stadium is very nice and i think recently redone but attendance is grim. The basketball arena was completely redone for the winter of 2013 and is beautiful and TV ready. Student tickets to all sports are free and basketball get lots of sellouts while football only sold out for homecoming. Intramurals are practically non-existant and go on one sport at a time and mostly only greeklife participates.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The administration is literally all about the sports


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 577th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1076th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Laura DiLibero
Loveland, OH
Rhetoric & Communication Studies
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The biggest asset to the Spider athletics program was the football team’s recent National A-10 Championship. The new coach for the Spiders, Coach London, is visible and excited, and the players as well as the student body and faculty seem to really like and respect him. He has turned the football program around, and our games will probably be even better attended next year, after having a championship under our belt. Attendance will also increase with the new on-campus football stadium being constructed right now. Basketball and baseball are also strong points of UR athletics and games are a lot of fun to attend.

For students not gifted enough to play a varsity sport, club sports are a fun way to meet people, exercise, and compete against other schools. It’s fairly easy to make a team, and once you are on one, you get to travel to other schools to compete in tournaments. Intramural sports are even bigger than club sports, and in some cases, bigger than varsity sports. Every year, the fraternities compete against one another to see who can win the title of Intramural Champion. Games between rival fraternities can get ugly as drunken fans pack the sidelines to cheer for their team and curse the other guys. Brawls have erupted at intramural basketball games, and there are now police officers at every game. Sororities also participate in intramurals and get quite competitive, but their games don’t get nearly as rowdy as the fraternity games.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Colonial Athletic Association
Basketball: Atlantic 10 Conference
School Colors
Navy blue, red, and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
194 - 14%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
175 - 11%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 74
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 17
Cross Country/Track: 20
Other Sports: 109
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 82%
Basketball: 50%
Baseball: 86%
Cross Country/Track: 78%
Other Sports: 78%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Club Sports
  • Baseball (men's)
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Crew
  • D-Squad
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • SpinnURs
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Floor hockey
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Crenshaw Field
  • Golf Practice Facility
  • Odyssey High Ropes Course
  • Pitt Field
  • Robins Center
  • Robins Stadium
  • Tennis Complex
  • Ukrop Park
  • Walking and Running Trails
  • Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness
Most Popular Sports
The football team! The University of Richmond won the National Championship in Chatanooga, Tenn., in December 2008. Coach Mike London led the Spiders in a 24-7 victory over Montana. It was the first title in UR football history.
Most Overlooked Teams
The baseball team. They're nationally ranked, and the games are a lot of fun to attend on relaxing, sunny afternoons.
School Spirit
School spirit fluctuates depending on how well the teams are doing during a particular season. When our football and basketball teams are doing well, games are well-attended. However, during losing streaks, you can expect the crowd not to be very loud. While there are some die-hard student fans who come to every game, they fall few and far between.
Getting Tickets
UR students get in free when they show their SpiderCard. Other fans need to buy tickets from the Box Office.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the lake in the middle of campus-it is beautiful.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 16% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 59% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 25% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 30% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 39% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 30% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 73% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 21% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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