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4 College Junior

Athletics: When people think of the popular college sports, my school seems to fall short. My school does not have a football team even though we are a D1 school. Our basketball program is mediocre at best. These are two of the most popular sports when it comes to the public eye. So why did I give my school a great rating? Our Volleyball program. We have won back to back National Championships in my 2 years here, and I can only hope they can keep it up!

5 College Junior

Athletics: Loyola has a lot of team spirit, supporting our volleyball and basketball teams the most, we have huge turnouts at all of our events and our athletes are very good and train often.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The school offers many sports and club sports. There is a larger emphasis on basketball and volleyball. There is no football or baseball teams. There are two gyms on the main campus; one for the athletes and one for the other students. The gyms are well equipped and nice.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't really do sports so I don't really care about it

3 College Junior

Athletics: Won a college basketball championship two times in a row during the 1960's.


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Loyola may be an NCAA Division I school, but it hardly shows. Here, intercollegiate athletics are about as noticeable as George was when surrounded by John, Paul, and Ringo. Few students follow the teams unless a cross-town rival, such as the University of Illinois in Chicago, comes to pay a visit. Loyola's lack of a football team upsets many students who would much rather spend their Saturday afternoons sitting on stadium seats than on couch cushions. The men's basketball team has been competitive lately, but it has done little on the national stage since winning the NCAA championship in 1963. The volleyball teams are viewed as a bright spot for varsity sports by many Loyolans, but even they have only an underground following when compared to teams at other schools.

In stark contrast to its varsity squads, Loyola's intramural and club teams thrive. Fueled by a sizeable population of former high school athletes, intramurals are always popular. There is nothing (well, almost nothing) that can ease fragile nerves around finals time like a good game of flag football or indoor soccer. As far as club sports go, the rugby team probably attracts more followers than any of the varsity squads. Few things can top watching your friends beat the heck out of those scions of academia from Northwestern.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Missouri Valley Conference
School Colors
Maroon and gold
School Nickname
Loyola's teams all go by the name Ramblers, but the school mascot is a wolf named Lou that apparently originates in Loyola's coat of arms.
Men Playing Varsity Sports
114 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
105 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian polo
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (women's)
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball (3-on-3, 5-on-5)
  • Chicago-style softball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football (4-on-4, 11-on-11)
  • In-line hockey
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Nine-ball
  • Playstation 2 tournaments
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Gym
  • Halas Sports Center
  • Joseph J. Gentile Center
Most Overlooked Teams
Hockey, rugby, women's softball, and golf
School Spirit
School spirit is almost nonexistent at Loyola. Still, when the basketball team plays well, students tend to get excited about the possibilities of an NCAA Tournament bid. Perhaps the most telling sign of the students' love for their school is their willingness to protest about it. Loyolans have such affection for their professors and academic programs that they are willing to fight the administration tooth and nail when it threatens them with cutbacks.
Getting Tickets
It is easy to get tickets to all of Loyola's sporting events, and they are all free to students. The only exception to this rule is when a national power such as Michigan State comes to town to play the basketball team, in which case tickets can be scarce.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 230 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 19% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 62% 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 230 responses

  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 22% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 50% 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 228 responses

  • 9% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 47% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 38% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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