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Athletics

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Sport life is not huge, but there are key events that draw in a large crowd.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have really good soccer and track teams. Most of Howard though, pays the most attention to Men's Varsity Basketball. They get the biggest turnouts, especially for big, traditional games.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's varies depending on what sport. The basketball and football time get the most perks.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The school and students are very supportive of the athletes

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The gyms are often closed to non-athletes, and the sporting events really aren't much of an 'event'

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Even though there is a very high level of school spirit and pride among students, Howard is not a very sports-oriented school. Most students, except for those who are on athletic scholarships, are not particularly preoccupied with school sports, at least not until the big Homecoming football game when students turn out in droves-no matter how cold it might be-and show support for their fellow Bison and cheer them on until they go hoarse.

There is a wide variety of intramural sports available for students to participate in, and even though participation is fairly high, the numbers are not overwhelming when compared to the size of the student population. Considering students' relative apathy towards sports, major ones like football, basketball, and soccer do have high levels of participation. Football games are by far the most popular and most publicized in the student media, and they are usually the most difficult games to get into. Students can get free tickets for every home game, either at the box office or at the Student Activities Center, while guests have to pay for theirs. Sometimes, there's a problem with overcrowding in the stadium during some of the more publicized games. The Homecoming game is always a good example, where crowds have been known to well exceed the 10,000-seat capacity of Greene Stadium.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Basketball: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
School Colors
Navy blue, white, and red
School Nickname
Bisons
Men Playing Varsity Sports
191 - 9%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
155 - 4%
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 58%
Basketball: 83%
Baseball: 60%
Cross Country/Track: 71%
Other Sports: 78%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Flag football (women's)
  • Lacrosse (men's)
  • Step team
  • Taekwondo
Intramurals
  • Aerobics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Judo
  • Self-defense
  • Soccer
  • Taekwondo
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Burr Gymnasium
  • Greene Stadium
  • The Pulse
  • Softball field
  • Tennis courts
Most Popular Sports
Football, men's basketball, and women's volleyball are the three most popular sports.
Most Overlooked Teams
Swimming & diving and soccer
School Spirit
School spirit is big on Howard's campus, especially when teams play Howard's rival school, Hampton University (battle of the real HU). Recently, the Victoria's Secret collegiate brand PINK picked up Howard University as one of its schools. On any given day you can see more than a handful of people wearing Howard University paraphernalia. Also, Mecca MOB does a great job of providing school spirit at the big sporting events.
Getting Tickets
Spectators can purchase tickets online, usually through Ticketmaster or at the Cramton Auditorium box office, but students generally only have to present their Howard University ID cards at the sporting event. Football games, however, follow a different procedure. Two days prior to the football game, students can usually go in the basement of Cramton Auditorium, present their student ID card, and pick up a free game ticket.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The walk alongside the reservoir provides for a calm walking route. The route on U Street to Adams Morgan is also a nice walk; there is a lot to see along this path.
Did You Know?
In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2004 graduate David Oliver made his debut in the men's 110m hurdles.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 203 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 33% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 58% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 202 responses

  • 12% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 18% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 58% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 11% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 202 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 27% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 49% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 22% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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