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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Being an athlete, the Duf is great.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The football team sucks. The basketball team is good, but play on a court that resembles a high school court. The baseball team has a pretty good field and are fairly good, but irrelevant here. The best sports here are boys soccer and ice hockey. The Ice hockey team here is really good. However, they're a club team because the school has to have an even amount of women's and men's varsity teams. There are rumors that they might move up to the NCAA and get a rink built on campus in the coming years.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: This is about UMW in Fredericksburg, VA. Sports are kind of on the "No-on Cares" list - or they were when I graduated in 2012. We all went for a good education at a good price in a safe place with a pretty campus. The administration has been trying to force sports on the students, though, letting in idiot jocks with big ego problems and bad grades, and closing down all the food on campus during basket ball games where they give out free hot dogs so if you want to eat you have to go. Might I just say - I chose not to eat because that was a crazy manipulative thing to do and it just made me hate sports more? We loved our club sports, the stuff we did for fun. Sports are just secondary to education. I'm paying a zillion dollars to be smarter, my degree will last a life time. Very few people are good enough to go pro, so it's pointless to pay and invest in something so temporary.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Most athletic teams aren't the best but school spirit is always there to cheer them on!

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: we pretty much suck at most sports on campus ask anyone


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Catholic University is all over the place in terms of athletics. On one hand, the facilities are adequate, if not accommodating, with plenty of opportunities for students to work out and expand their sporty horizons. Most students have favorable opinions about the fitness center and Duf. As far as athletic performance, the University has a modest, sometimes promising record. Many of the underrated sports—such as rowing, rugby, and cross country—have exceeded expectations and maintained impressive records.

But what is most telling of all at CUA is the team spirit, or lack thereof. Students rarely show up to support the CUA Cardinals, even at home games, unless it is football or basketball, and only if the team is doing well. And even when a team is doing well, it is dicey. CUA never pretended to have a stellar athletic reputation, and students are well aware that most sports teams can only take them so far, but they are still a dedicated group of student athletes with good hearts and persistent bodies. Most would agree that CUA needs a heavy dose of school spirit.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Basketball: Landmark Conference
School Colors
Red and black
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
294 - 19%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
186 - 10%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance team
  • Fencing
  • Ice hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • SAAC
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Teamwork challenge
  • Tennis (singles and doubles)
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Cardinal Stadium
  • Cardinal weight room
  • CUA Soccer Field
  • DuFour Center Gymnasium
  • Eugene I. Kane Student Health and Fitness Center
  • Pool
  • Raymond DuFour Athletic Center
  • Robert J. Talbot Baseball Field
  • Softball Field
  • Tennis courts
  • Training room
Most Popular Sports
Football, men's basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's sports in general
School Spirit
As far as spirit for athletics, there is unfortunately little to go around. Except for the occasional basketball game, students wholly avoid going to games to cheer for their school. When it comes to school spirit in general, there is a healthy dose. Students can be seen wearing sweatshirts, shirts, and pants bearing the University's name or logo, and often speak highly of their school. But at the same time, there are a lot of students who openly (and regrettably) say that CUA was not their first-choice school.
Getting Tickets
For students, most tickets are free. For the general public, tickets never really reach over $15, depending on how popular the sport is.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The DuFour Center has a track for students to walk, run, or jog.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 25% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 48% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 23% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 43 responses

  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 21% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 53% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 43 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 23% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 63% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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