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3 College Senior

Athletics: They aren't really a big deal at IUPUI, but we support them.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The teams at IUPUI are relatively good for how new sports are to the university. The athletics department works well with student athletes to make sure they succeed in the classroom and not just on the field. Students aren't regularly involved with supporting our teams, but this is changing as the university grows as a whole and more on-campus housing is becoming available. As athletics are still growing here, the school cooperates with NIFS, a neighboring athletics facility, to provide students with (not free, but discounted) memberships. I see IUPUI's athletics becoming very popular in the near future, and that's due to our incredible athletics department and the student-athletes who are making a good name of our school.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are only important to the athletes. Not a lot of athletic stuff happens here and the games aren't very fun to attend.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Since IUPUI is not a traditional college it does not focus as much on sports. The main sporting events I went to was swimming and basketball. The basketball games are pretty good but there is not as much fan support as I expected. The athletic facilities, however, are currently getting redone but they are coming along very nicely and they are welcoming to athletes and non-athletes.

2 College Junior

Athletics: We do not get very involved in sports on this campus. I only recently discovered what our school mascot is. We do not have any athletic facilities besides a small outdoor basketball court that I am aware of.

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In general, IUPUI students’ attitudes toward sports are apathetic. Very few students attend sporting events at all, but the ones that do are pretty loyal fans. Getting tickets to any athletic event at IUPUI is very easy, especially for full-time students. Every full-time student pays a $30 athletic fee, which is included in their tuition for the year. This gets them in to any event as long as they show their Jag Tag (IUPUI student ID). Unfortunately, very few students take advantage of this. Some students think that it is unfair that they have to pay an athletic fee when they never go to any games. Perhaps if the student body was a younger, more traditional one, this fee would seem more useful to them. Instead, most of the students are working adults that do not typically have time to go to games.

Many student athletes are scholarship students and therefore dedicated to the sports they play. Although there are few athletes and teams in comparison to larger universities, the athletes at IUPUI have a good presence, and they seem to take special pride in the teams they represent. All campus bookstores sell Jaguar gear, and many students buy and wear it. The most popular game at IUPUI is definitely basketball (there is no football team), so a lot of the sports action is basketball oriented. There is always a great hype on campus for those few months of basketball season. For the rest of the year, however, students on the Spirit Squad, a student organization that promotes school spirit, keep the Jaguars in high spirits.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: The Summit League
School Colors
Red and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
91 - 1%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
120 - 1%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Equestrian team
  • Hockey
  • Jiujitsu
  • Moving company
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Swing dancing
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Auxiliary Gym
  • IU Michael A. Carrol Track and Soccer Stadium
  • IU Natatorium Swimming Pool
  • Main Gymnasium
  • Racquetball/Walleyball Court
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball is definitely the most popular sport on campus because they compete at the NCAA Division I level. They have been competitive in recent years, winning their conference and making it to the NCAA Division I Tournament (the Big Dance). There are a core group of fans that usually attend all the games, but once the team starts winning and the season becomes more competitive, several students get excited about their Jaguars. They celebrate by meeting at sports bars to cheer them on and to do some drinking while the Jaguars dribble.
Most Overlooked Teams
The men's soccer team has done really well and has had some surprising wins, but they don't get nearly as many spectators as the basketball team gets.
School Spirit
School spirit is not exactly high at IUPUI, but the students that have it are very loyal and excited. Usually by the time graduation comes around, students see how valuable their education has been, and then they start to have school spirit. The students with the most school spirit are the happiest students. They usually get involved with traditions, athletics, and service.
Getting Tickets
All IUPUI students get in free to events with a valid JagTag. Adult tickets are $5, except for men's and women's basketball, which are $10 and $7 respectively. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets in advance for $3 off the regular season price.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Military Park or White River (toward the Indianapolis Zoo and behind the Natatorium)

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 274 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 17% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 65% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 18% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 274 responses

  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 19% 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.
  • 5% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 273 responses

  • 16% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 41% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 30% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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