Athletics

Location
Richmond, VA
Undergrads
20,010
Tuition (in-state)
$23,913 ($9,886)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Students support the teams earnestly. Game attendance and school spirit are at all time highs.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: VCU men's basketball is a very big deal. Students go crazy before, during and after the games. School spirit, especially for men's basketball is through the roof. No matter what the circumstances, VCU fans are willing to travel anywhere with the team to show their support.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: VCU is a HUGE basketball school, and that's probably due to the fact that we do not have a football team, despite the coolness of the factor. The games are so intense that tickets for students had to be in lottery form due to their such high demand. And a sport's popularity at VCU is dependent on what people like. For example, I've never been to a baseball game so I don't really know if my school's team is all that great because I'm not concerned about that sport; but I love soccer and basketball and those sports seem to do really well. Overall, the sports at VCU can be awesome and lively and invigorating, it just depends on what sport your into...

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Our basketball team is among the best and they receive great support from the students.

4 College Junior

Athletics: GO RAMMSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! everyone has school spirit and are proud to say they represent VCU!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 65th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 328th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Carrie Lefler
Major
Communications
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The men's basketball team at VCU is the one that students immediately recognize as the favorite. There is no football team, and basketball is truly our one competitive and nationally recognized sport. Attending the games is free for students, and the arena is almost always full every game.
 

If playing sports is more your thing, there are a ton of intramural opportunities for students to get involved in. Flag football, basketball, and soccer are student favorites. Teams are either same-sex or coed, and divisions are determined according to students' skill levels. Dodgeball is also a growing intramural activity, ending its season with a major tournament. Intramural sports are fun but are also highly competitive among teams. Often a team that forms during a student's freshman year continues until graduation. Being on an intramural team is a great way to get physical activity, socialize, and meet new people. And if you don't like to play sports, it's just as fun to watch and cheer on your friends!

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Atlantic 10 Conference
School Colors
Black and gold
School Nickname
Rams
Men Playing Varsity Sports
130 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
118 - 1%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Whitewater rafting
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Cary Street Field
  • The Diamond
  • Franklin Street Gym
  • Stuart C. Siegel Center
  • Thalhimer Tennis Center
  • VCU's Sportsbackers Stadium
  • Verizon Wireless Arena
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball, baseball, and men's and women's soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Field hockey, men's and women's track and field/cross country, and men's golf
School Spirit
VCU's school spirit grows as our athletic programs take top honors, and we receive high honors for academic achievements. Most students have some sort of VCU apparel, and it's common to see the VCU sticker on cars on and around campus. However, our school spirit pales in comparison to the other universities in the state.
Getting Tickets
Students can get into any VCU sporting event for free as long as they present their student ID.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Byrd Park, Maymont Park, Monument Avenue (Franklin Street)

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 160 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 60% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 29% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 161 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 43% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 27% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 161 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 19% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 66% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 15% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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