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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit is fantastic on football game days, but not many people go the games. We have one the the best workout facilities in the state of the art CoRec. Plenty of intramural sports to choose from, in which many people participate.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football is improving and basketball has been doing great. Mackey is the best stadium in the country to watch basketball and games are crazy. There are plenty of intramural and the last i heard the rec center is the 4th best place in the country to work out

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are important. I would say that basketball is the most fan supported sport. The men's games are almost always packed, especially when we play IU. School spirit is definitely something we don't lack. It lots of fun going to any of the sporting events. Intramural sports are really fun to be involved with. The Recreational Center is awesome. Its huge and literally has everything.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Games create some of the best memories at Purdue

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Purdue isn't known for winning very many Big 10 games, but is still great athletically. That being said, Purdue students love going to every kind of NCAA sporting event. Purdue also has a really good club/intramural scene. Many students participate in a club or intramural sport simply because anyone can create a team (intramural) and they're really fun! Our sports center is also fantastic. The athletes have really good facilities, but the Cordova sports recreation center (co-rec) is fantastic and available to ALL students and faculty, for FREE! It is a fantastic facility, with almost everything you can imagine there. It even has two pools, and a rock wall!


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Be prepared to bleed black and gold, prospective students! As a Big Ten university, Purdue (and its students) take great pride in its athletic teams. During football season, there is no other place to be other than tailgating before the games and cheering in the stadium stands. Boilermaker pride is rampant. Purdue’s football team consistently attends bowl games, including the Rose Bowl, and the women’s basketball team has participated in the NCAA National Tournament several times.

Thanks to the prolific club sports and intramural sports, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved in the athletic life. But if you don’t see your favorite sport listed, you’re always welcome to start up your own club. The increasing international population at Purdue has added to the amount of athletic clubs as everyone brings a sport from their home country. Athletics is one of the big equalizers at Purdue University, and it is one of the best ways to make lifelong friends. Attending games is a distinctive Boilermaker tradition. If you don’t feel your heart swell with pride when the black and gold beat down their opponents, then be prepared to be placed in the minority.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Ten Conference
Basketball: Big Ten Conference
School Nickname
Officially, the Boilermaker Special (a train); unofficially, Purdue Pete
Men Playing Varsity Sports
295 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
182 - 1%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 91
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 32
Cross Country/Track: 46
Other Sports: 174
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 42%
Basketball: 100%
Baseball: 17%
Cross Country/Track: 82%
Other Sports: 72%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Challenge Shotokan Karate
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Outing
  • Racquetball
  • Rifle and pistol
  • Rugby (men's)
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Trap and skeet
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Horseshoes
  • Judo
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Wallyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
Recreational Sports Center (Co-Rec)
Most Popular Sports
All varsity-level sports are extremely popular, but if you're attending Purdue, the three sports to which we all hail are football, women's basketball, and men's basketball. On game days, the campus shuts down, as everyone either attends the game or watches it from home. Let's go Boilers!
Most Overlooked Teams
Rugby is one of the most interesting and misunderstood sports here in the United States. Barely any students are aware of the Purdue men's rugby club. Check out one of their games for an entertaining afternoon.
School Spirit
Purdue students bleed black and gold. Boilermakers are proud of their top-notch athletic teams and are fiercely loyal to the University. Look around you on an average day, and you'll find that most of the students are sporting some type of Purdue clothing, be it sweatshirts, T-shirts, or a hat. During football season, you will cheer for your school or be subjected to the wrath of devoted fans that will call you (gasp) a Hoosier supporter! The different schools within the University are extremely dedicated to their fields of study, and be prepared to face the ongoing ribbing between the engineering school and the school of liberal arts and sciences. If attending a university where school pride reigns supreme, Purdue is definitely the university for you.
Getting Tickets
Tickets can be obtained through the athletic ticket office. Students, faculty, and staff get discounted rates on tickets. You can place orders online at, or by calling (800) 497-7678 for more information. To obtain tickets, you must fill out a ticket application at either the athletic ticket office or through the Web site listed above.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Anywhere on Purdue's campus. Check out the Tree Tour (a tree-by-tree brochure is available in the union), or just meander around the horticultural area during the spring months when the gardens have been planted.
Did You Know?
Purdue Pete, represents all Purdue students. He is present in every home game. Four students annually are chosen to be Purdue Pete. They have to maintain a 2.0 GPA and report to University Hall weekly to have their academic progress monitored.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 258 responses

  • 6% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 73% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 20% 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 257 responses

  • 21% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 52% 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 257 responses

  • 40% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 52% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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