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5 College Freshman

Athletics: We have some of the best programs and the best school spirit to back it up

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Only some of the sports matter, other sports are not as important.

5 College Junior

Athletics: People hate Duke because of Duke Basketball, so it must be pretty good! Athletics, in my opinion, is what brings most of the students together. It is like the students have a different identity and community outside of academics. Athletics make us one big family.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are huge. Being a Cameron Crazie is almost a right of passage, and football is also increasing in popularity as well. Being an athlete here is an amazing experience, probably one of the best universities to participate in sports in the country.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Duke basketball is a HUGE commodity. I don't get into sports much, so I don't know much bout the athletic life at Duke; I've attended just one bball game the entire season (much to the displeasure of my friends). All I know is that the Duke students have a ton of spirit surrounding varsity sports, especially football and basketball, but mostly basketball (i.e. Cameron Crazies).

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Duke basketball is not just a pastime—it is an obsession. The current of basketball fanaticism pulses through everyone and everything at Duke, and between November and March, games in Cameron Indoor simply define the Duke way of life. You see a ridiculously tall guy get on the bus, and the eyes of the students all around you light up. This is not to say that you have to be a basketball fan before you come here—Duke will most definitely make one out of you. Be forewarned, though: cheering and getting into the basketball games is a sport unto itself, filled with hours of standing in line (or, in the case of the UNC game, weeks in tents) and gallons of blue face paint.  

The classic college sport—football—is certainly less appreciated at Duke, but thanks to a sky-high level of school spirit and some great student-athletes on every varsity team, the stands across campus remain decently crowded. 

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Colors
Duke blue and white
School Nickname
Blue devils
Men Playing Varsity Sports
378 - 11%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
281 - 9%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Crew (men's)
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Ice skating
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Outing
  • Racquetball
  • Road runners (cross country)
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ambler Tennis Stadium
  • Brodie Recreation Center
  • Cameron Indoor Stadium
  • Duke Golf Club
  • Jack Coombs Field
  • Karcher-Ingram Golf Center
  • Koskinen Stadium
  • Michael W. Krzyzewski Center
  • Murray Building
  • Schwartz-Butters Athletic Center
  • Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center
  • Taishoff Aquatic Pavilion
  • Wallace Wade Stadium
  • Williams Field
  • Wilson Recreation Center
  • Yoh Football Center
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball. Take a "smart-kid" school, add one really exceptional sports team, and it will become the mecca around which we all flock.
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball is not necessarily overlooked, but the sport certainly doesn't get the attention it deserves, especially considering that Duke has some of the nation's top players. The lacrosse team is also top-notch, recently garnering a national championship; however, it does not have one iota of the fan frenzy that basketball generates.
School Spirit
Duke spirit invariably centers around the basketball season, and during the spring, it's amazing how avid people are for Duke. While there are still some bitter Harvard and Yale rejects dampening the mood around campus, most students are genuinely thrilled about being at Duke. The Duke paraphernalia is ubiquitous, and students represent the brand regularly. Walk across the quad on a cool day and you're bound to see a handful of people wearing a 100-percent Duke outfit: sweatpants, T-shirt, and sweatshirt.
Getting Tickets
Students get into Duke games for free, and getting in is usually not a problem. For example, you can walk up to the football stadium during halftime, and you'll be sure to get in for free. The same is certainly not true for men's basketball. The stories you have heard of people camping out for months to get tickets are not in the least exaggerated. Students form groups and plan schedules around being able to sleep in a tent from January to mid-February or early March. You can usually get into basketball games without camping out, but you will still have to get there several hours early to wait in line.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Sarah P. Duke Gardens is astoundingly beautiful. Duke Forest may be tempting, but don't ever try it alone. Of course, everywhere on campus is beautiful, so even the walk from East to West can be enjoyable.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 28% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 71% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 82 responses

  • 12% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 52% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 35% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 81 responses

  • 48% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 48% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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