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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're not bad, we're not good. (Save for baseball!)

Team performance in general is average. We don't stand out in our division and in competitions, we don't last very long. There are some key athletes who truly deserve spotlight for being the support and foundation of the team, but because of the rest of the players, arguably, they are limited in what they can achieve. There is barely any fan support. Students will pre-game and attend the beginning of the big games and party when we win, but they rarely show up to most of the games. School spirit is high, but actual fan support is incredibly low.

Training facilities are great and open to the general public. I've used it a couple times and have to say that the equipment is not brand new, but still in great condition and safe for everyone. Master classes and other activities are available for us non-athletes or no-longer-athletes and widely used.

5 College Junior

Athletics: We just redid our athletics facility and I'm excited to see the renovations

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: SEC football is a lot of fun, but no other sport on campus gets much attention. Baseball and basketball at times, but nothing else.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Unfortunately, a lot of students miss out on varsity sport games because they are "too busy" with other things.

3 College Senior

Athletics: The fan culture at Vanderbilt has undergone enormous intensification in my four years. Football, baseball and basketball are becoming especially popular, but it is still nowhere near the level of many bigger schools.

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  • 332nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 998th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher McDonald
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Vanderbilt athletics, at times, seems to be the target of ridicule within the SEC. A lot of this has to do with the size of the student body-even if every single Vanderbilt student and grad student showed up, we couldn't fill our own basketball arena. Compare this to the big state schools of the SEC, which are several times bigger and have tons of alumni within 20 minutes of their school.

There are some of us, however, that take pride in our football team despite its poor showing. Nearly 100 percent of our football players graduated, and none of our programs have ever been on probation. In contrast to some other schools that have scandals and controversial issues, Vanderbilt has steared clear of cheating or other questionable activities. Many students though, would be satisfied having their alma mater remain the loveable and respectable underdog.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southeastern Conference
Basketball: Southeastern Conference
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
187 - 6%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
161 - 5%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 84
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 22
Cross Country/Track: 17
Other Sports: 90
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 88%
Basketball: 60%
Baseball: 100%
Cross Country/Track: 75%
Other Sports: 91%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (women's)
  • Bowling
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Karate
  • Kung Fu
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Powerlifting
  • Racquetball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Innertube water polo
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center
  • Hawkins Field
  • John Rich Complex
  • The Legends Club
  • Memorial Gymnasium
  • Soccer/Lacrosse Complex
  • Student Recreation Center
  • Training Room
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Vanderbilt Track
  • Weight Room
Most Popular Sports
Football and basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, golf, and tennis are all underrated at Vandy. While they don't draw many fans, Vanderbilt consistently excels at the `country club sports.' Both of our tennis and golf teams have placed nationally and consistently rank among the top in the SEC, which is the best and most competitive conference for these sports. The Vanderbilt baseball team has a new stadium and has competed very strongly in SEC play in recent years.
School Spirit
There is a lot of school spirit at Vandy-it's just focused on teams that are winning. So, the teams that succeed tend to draw big crowds, while the teams that lose a lot don't always play in front of a packed house. Students and the Nashville community have a tremendous amount of spirit for teams like the basketball teams, and they will often pack Memorial Gymnasium. For the most part, people on campus are jaded about the football team. While many students attend the games (many dressed up in ties or sundresses), don't expect them to stay very long. In light of the recent successes of the football team, students are becoming more passionate and dedicated about the football team.
Getting Tickets
All games are free for students. Usually, your student ID will get you into any Vanderbilt sporting event for free. For big basketball games, it pays to get there early as the student section will quickly fill up.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Enjoy the indoor or outdoor tracks, stroll around the 330 acres that Vandy's sits on, or simply walk on over to beautiful Centennial Park, just across West End Avenue from main campus.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 40% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 58% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 52 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 69% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 42% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 45% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 11% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).



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