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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a lot of school spirit at UVA and traditions are huge here. While our football team may not currently be on a winning games are still a big deal because of the tradition of "guys in ties and girls in pearls" where there student body dresses up to go to the games. Many alumni also come back for each game and tailgating is very prevalent. Basketball and baseball are both well known teams and basketball especially gets a lot of attention from the student body.

5 College Senior

Athletics: We have great athletics and it's really fun to go to all the sporting events. It's great that, as students, we get into the games for free.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: UVA students are great supporters of the sports our teams excel in - in the past year our basketball team had a fantastic run (which greatly energized the student body) while our football team continued to disappoint. This is why basketball tickets are granted through a lottery system while very few attend football games for actual football.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Especially during basketball season, the whole school comes together to root on the Cavaliers! Everyone is involved in Intramural Sports as well.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many people support the sports of the University therefore the atmosphere is insane during popular sports seasons (football, basketball).

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  • 126th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 324th
    Best Intramural Sports

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Haley Bryant
London, UK
Media Studies
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Athletics at UVA have always been huge, and almost everyone recognizes this coming into the school. Football in particular is a very big sport here, no matter the quality of the team from season to season. Going to home football games is definitely a tradition at UVA. Girls don their pearls and guys their ties before they go and tailgate on the Lawn and outside of the stadium. There is no feeling quite like the one you get when standing in the student section of Scott Stadium pleasantly tipsy on a sunny day singing “Good ‘Ole Song” after every touchdown. Some say the reason UVA has a tradition of dressing up for games is that, years ago, the teams were so bad that students felt that if the teams couldn’t look good, at least the fans would. It is an experience that caters to a variety of people, not just the avid college football fan. In many ways, it’s true that you don’t get the full experience at Virginia until you’ve been to a sporting event.

Intramurals and club sports also have a pretty big presence on campus. Almost any sport you can think of is offered. UVA students enjoy watching sports and being active. Frats, sororities, CIOs, and independents alike form teams and throw down. Popular IM sports include basketball, wally ball, and inner tube water polo. For the more dedicated athlete who is not quite on varsity level, many club sports are offered and taken quite seriously. There is plenty to find in Virginia’s athletics, at all levels of competition.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Nickname
The Cavalier
Men Playing Varsity Sports
381 - 6%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
307 - 4%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 80
Basketball: 21
Baseball: 23
Cross Country/Track: 48
Other Sports: 251
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 77%
Basketball: 29%
Baseball: 100%
Cross Country/Track: 83%
Other Sports: 77%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Belly dancing
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Capoeira
  • Cavalier road runners
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Etcetera Winterguard
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • ISKF karate
  • Judo
  • Mahogany dance troupe
  • Myo Sim Karate
  • Rhapsody Dance Ensemble
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan karate
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • University Dance Club
  • Virginia Alpine Ski Team
  • Virginia Dance Company
  • Virginia Golf Club
  • Virginia Rowing Association
  • Virginia Soccer League
  • Virginia Swim Club
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Pickleball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Aquatic and Fitness Center (AFC)
  • Birdwood Golf Course
  • Boyd Tinsley Courts
  • Carr's Hill Field
  • Copeley Field
  • Davenport Field
  • Dell Basketball Courts
  • John Paul Jones Arena
  • Klockner Stadium
  • Lake Monticello
  • Lambeth Field
  • Lannigan Track
  • Lew Oehmig Short Game Practice Facility
  • Madison Bowl Field
  • McCue Center
  • Memorial Gym
  • North Grounds Recreation Center
  • Outdoor Recreation Center
  • Panorama Farms
  • The Park
  • Perry-Fishburne Tennis Courts
  • Rivanna Reservoir Boathouse
  • Scott Stadium
  • Sheridan Snyder Tennis Center
  • Slaughter Recreation Center
  • Snyder Tennis Center
  • Turf Field
  • Upper & Lower Nameless Fields
Most Popular Sports
When basketball is doing well, UVA students love football, basketball, lacrosse, and soccer (in that order). When the basketball team isn't doing so hot, UVA students love football, lacrosse, basketball, soccer (in that order).
School Spirit
UVA has great school spirit, especially at football and basketball games, where among other things you can find bodies spray-painted in orange and blue, girls dressed in their best pearls, and guys wearing orange bowties. Students at Virginia are incredibly proud of their school and like to go all-out for spirit events. In a school so thick with pride and tradition, there are plenty of opportunities to show support.
Getting Tickets
Students can get into any athletic event for free with their student ID. Everyone else must purchase tickets for the following sports during regular season: football, basketball (men's and women's), baseball, soccer (men's and women's), and lacrosse (men's and women's). There is also an admission charge for any ACC or NCAA championship events. The Virginia Athletic Ticket Office is located in Bryant Hall at the Carl Smith Center (off Stadium Road) and is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around the grounds (particularly on or through the lawn)

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 91 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 75% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 24% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 93 responses

  • 24% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 65% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 92 responses

  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 46% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.



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