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3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are not a very big part of student life, but those who are interested have an avenue to be interested and participate in athletics as both athletes and/or spectators.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: This is an academic oriented school, but students do enjoy sports.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: I've personally never gone to any sporting events at AU. The sports facilities are okay but some are really not taken care of at all - like the soccer and baseball field (lots of people don't even know we have one because it just looks like a big fenced area of dirt).

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not the best, but we have nice gyms

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I wish people cared about sports more than they do.

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Though the sports teams are Division I, and there are several intramural teams, sports do not receive the attention and notoriety that they would at some other schools. Many of the bigger sports fans on campus complain about the absence of a football team. AU is not a school where athletes receive celebrity-like attention or preferential treatment. While a football team is often the focal point of college life, there are many other ways to get involved at AU.

Some students are trying to get their peers more excited—a club known as the Blue Crew goes "all out" at the games, painting their faces and coming up with their own cheers. Basketball and volleyball are popular sports, and in the rare instance where a game is being televised, the turnout is better than usual.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Patriot League
School Colors
Red and blue
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
113 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
147 - 4%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey (men's and women's)
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball (women's)
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men'sĀ and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Sand volleyball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • American Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Bender Arena
  • Jacobs Fitness Center
  • Reeves Aquatic Center
  • Reeves Athletic Complex and Greenberg Track
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, soccer, and volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
The wrestling team is well funded, well recruited, and is coached by former Olympians.
School Spirit
The Blue Crew is an increasingly large group of rabid fans that go to sports games to raise a ruckus, covered in team colors. Think customized T-shirts, face paint, and wild and crazy cheers.
Getting Tickets
Tickets for events are free to students, though the most popular games fill up fast.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Rock Creek Park, the Nebraska Avenue dog park
Did You Know?
AU boasts that their football team is "still undefeated" thanks to not existing.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 140 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 9% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 61% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 30% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 141 responses

  • 20% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 13% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 60% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 140 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 46% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 39% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 14% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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