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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics at LSU are outstanding. The football team creates an atmosphere on campus that fills the students with pride. Sport teams have tons of fan support and it is a great way for the students to come together. Saturdays are filled with not only students cheering the team on, but also families who have been devout fans for all of their lives. Going to school with athletic teams that are successful creates pride in going here. Students are proud to be apart of something so big.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I love LSU sports!!! Students get in free to every sporting event with their Tiger Cards except football. Thats the only downer. But the spirit in the stands is amazing!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit here is by far the best I have ever seen or heard of.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Since LSU's football team is one of the best in the nation, the school spirit here is pretty wild. Not only are the teams amazing, but the school spirit is absolutely phenomenal here. Everyone is proud to be a Tiger.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics play a huge role at my school. There have actually been students who have told me that they chose LSU mainly because of game days. There is no better place to be on Saturday Nights.


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LSU is a university driven by a fierce love of sports. Not only do students seemingly live and die by Tiger football successes and failures, but the town itself is also driven to the edges of hysterics during football season. LSU football games are legendary for their special atmosphere, particularly the cheers and various superstitions enacted in the student section. The popular phrase, "Baton Rouge is a drinking town with a football problem," is made evident by the numerous tailgating spots before home games. Though "Death Valley" has a capacity of more than 91,600, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get student tickets, so be sure to pay attention to summer registration deadlines, or prepare to stake out a place at one of the popular bars such as Walk On's or Serrano's to watch the game. If you don't know anything about SEC football, brush up before school starts and buy some purple and gold clothing, or be prepared to feel a twinge of embarrassment when students begin to rant about rivalries and coaches.

Beyond football, the men's baseball, women's basketball, and men's and women's track & field are known for staying near the top of the rankings each year. Students often spend evenings in the spring semester at basketball games and warm afternoons in Alex Box watching men's baseball, which is known for having record college baseball attendance. The women's gymnastics team is also known for drawing a strong crowd to its meets. Club sports offer those with athletic prowess a great chance to get in on the action, but don't expect a strong following. IM sports are usually filled with student clubs and Greek organizations, but students are known for starting their own off-the-wall teams.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southeastern Conference
Basketball: Southeastern Conference
School Colors
Purple and gold
School Nickname
Fighting Tigers
Men Playing Varsity Sports
309 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
204 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 87
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 37
Cross Country/Track: 52
Other Sports: 138
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 30%
Basketball: 33%
Baseball: 14%
Cross Country/Track: 61%
Other Sports: 61%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Bowling
  • Equestrian
  • Lacrosse
  • Powerlifting
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Basketball
  • Battleship
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alex Box Stadium
  • Athletics Administration Building
  • Bernie Moore Track & Field Stadium
  • Bill Lawton Squad Room
  • Carl Maddox Field House
  • Charles McClendon Football Practice Facility
  • Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes
  • Football Operations Center
  • Golf team clubhouse
  • Indoor practice facility
  • LSU Soccer Stadium
  • Martin J. Broussard Center for Athletic Training
  • Natatorium
  • Pete Maravich Assembly Center
  • Soccer locker room
  • Strength and conditioning facility
  • Tiger Park
  • Tiger Stadium
  • University Club
  • W.T. "Dub" Robinson Tennis Stadium
Most Popular Sports
No sport can compete with the popularity of varsity football, which is notorious for causing students' grades to decrease in the fall and keeping seniors lingering around for an extra fall semester. Men's baseball is known for having a strong dynasty of national titles in the `90s, and fans are always there to support the team. Basketball gains momentum every year, with a men's team steeped in the rich tradition of Pistol Pete and Shaq, and the women's team continuing assault during the post-season.
Most Overlooked Teams
Most of the women's teams are great, but do not get the spectators they deserve. IM and club sports are only a blip on the student radar.
School Spirit
The football slogan, "I Bleed Purple and Gold," is not an understatement. Ask any LSU student or grad—there is something unique about this University that makes it undeniably wonderful. The pride in LSU extends beyond just SEC sports, but it's a greater sense of pride. Students may agree on some of the University's pitfalls, whether it be lacking academics or poor parking, but most LSU students can't imagine being anywhere else. During events like Homecoming and Spring Invitational, students just seem to have an extra spring in their step. Year-round, it's easy to spot students wearing some piece of purple or gold flair, and the majority of cars in the parking lots bears at least one LSU sticker. Students feel a sense of belonging at LSU. Maybe it's because of the huge numbers or the generally welcoming attitude of students, but it doesn't take long for even the most cynical student to be screaming, "Geaux Tigers."
Getting Tickets
Tickets for major sporting events, especially football, can be difficult to come by. For student football tickets, priority is ranked by the number of hours completed with tickets priced at under $10 a piece. A good tip is to join an organization in hopes of taking advantage of organizational seating at football games. Tickets to other events can usually be purchased at the door with a student ID. However, for many sports, attendance is free.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Students and locals are constantly seen casually strolling, jogging, or biking around the gorgeous LSU lakes.
Did You Know?
  • Legendary Louisiana governor Huey P. Long built Tiger Stadium. As legend has it, the state would only fund the construction if the stadium was not just for recreational purposes, so the stadium originally contained student dorms.
  • Tiger Stadium was the site of an actual earthquake in 1988. After scoring a major touchdown against Auburn, all the yelling and jumping caused enough earth-shaking to register on the Richter Scale.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 291 responses

  • 56% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 41% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% 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 292 responses

  • 10% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 63% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 27% 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 291 responses

  • 55% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 35% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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