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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are posters for the games, however I never went to one or heard of someone who went to a game. There is definitely school spirit but I would say we're not too crazy about it.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: New York University is not a school centered around sports; sports aren't really big deal on campus and I almost never hear about them.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are not a big part of this university but athletics in general is very cherished.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students at New York university are not only focused on their studies but are also involved in sports. The school spirt is very high at NYU.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Unlike my high school, NYU puts most of its money into the arts and sports are secondary (but still good).

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Sports at NYU are not very popular, and this is not surprising, seeing as NYU is probably the most urban campus in the country. Nevertheless, some of NYU's varsity teams fare pretty well in their respective divisions. If you ask an NYU student about the school’s sports, most will laugh and say, “What sports?” Students all seem to agree that sports lack a genuine presence at NYU.

The teams do their best to advertise and conjure some school spirit, but with no football team, cheering crowds just aren’t happening. Since there really is no campus and sports take place in venues all over the city (and even sometimes outside of the city), sports have a very minimal presence in the overall student life at NYU. Despite the minimal popularity of sports at the school, an effort is being made to engage students and to establish sports as a core aspect of student life at NYU. 

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: University Athletic Association
School Colors
Violet and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
190 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
149 - 1%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Figure skating
  • Hiking
  • Ice hockey
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse
  • Latin and ballroom dance
  • Mascots
  • Racquetball
  • Runners
  • Softball
  • Sport Taekwondo
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
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  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Touch football
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Field - Rutgers-Newark University
  • Chelsea Piers
  • College of Staten Island (soccer)
  • Gaelic Park - Manhattan College (soccer)
  • Hudson River Park's Pier 40 Athletic Fields (soccer)
  • Jerome S. Coles Sports Center
  • Lubetkin Field - New Jersey Institute of Technology (soccer)
  • Palladium Athletic Facility
  • Van Cortlandt Park
Most Popular Sports
Basketball and volleyball draw the biggest crowds, if you can call them "crowds," and are actually a lot of fun to watch.
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's soccer
School Spirit
Although sports are not a big school spirit factor, students are definitely proud of the NYU name. This is evident in the multitude of NYU-emblazoned T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and hats that they wear to class each day (either that, or they just are constantly out of clean laundry). Students in each school at NYU have their own particular brand of pride, many of them thinking that their school is the best. At the beginning of each school year, Coles Sports Center hosts a competition between all of the NYU schools to see who has the most athletic prowess. Events include volleyball, basketball, pingpong, and foosball.
Getting Tickets
In the world of NYU sports, they just want you to be there and cheer, so tickets are either free or nonexistent.
Best Place to Take a Walk
New York City's famous Central Park is perfect for walking, running, biking, or rollerblading, especially in the fall and spring months when the foliage is breathtaking (and these are probably some of the only trees you will see in large groups in the city). Van Cortlandt Park is another option, with plenty of wooded trails and hills for running.
Did You Know?
There are monthly sports rallies where you can eat all of the pizza you want, get free T-shirts, have fun, and meet new people.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 430 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 4% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 38% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 57% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 429 responses

  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 5% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 66% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 14% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 429 responses

  • 11% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 44% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 32% 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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