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4 College Freshman

Athletics: At Rutgers, sports are a huge part of the framework of the school. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights, whether playing with a football or a soccer ball, are always looked upon with respect by members of the faculty and other students. Because we are not so completely sports-oriented as other schools, it allows for other activities to shine through and get noticed by students. Our school spirit is always high, and you can see it from the attire on students to the giant scarlet "R"'s dotting the campus. At every game, a plethora of supporters can always be counted on in the stands, which are always state-of-the-art. Though team performance is not as heavily weighed as team effort, we take pride in all activities and do our best no matter what the odds. At the end of every game, the crowd always shouts Rutgers's signature cheer with pride in their hearts, and to us, that's as good as any win.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our football team isn't great but the resources around campus makes playing an sport possible.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I'm not really a sports person but some of the football games are actually quite fun to go to. Unfortunately with a school as large as ours some the smaller varsity sports get lost in announcements and a large portion of students don't even know they are going on.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Rutgers University has a huge football tradition. As the birthplace of college football, everyone rallies behind Rutgers. Especially now since Rutgers athletics are in the BIG 10 conference, football games takeover campus when top 10 teams are hosted. Its a great environment to be a part of since every one loves to be a part of something bigger.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The stadiums are large and immense and provide a large place for athletes, fans, and fellow students to enjoy themselves in a sporting environment


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Everybody at Rutgers can recite our fight song on cue, if asked. Sure, our teams may not win all the time (however, the Rutgers football team is continually winning more games), but Rutgers students have lots of pride in athletics. Since Rutgers is a Division I school, students from every campus will flock to Rutgers Football Stadium on shuttle buses to cheer on the team—some students go to such extremes as painting their bodies red. Even the school mascot, the Scarlet Knight, has its own fan club.

Even if students aren’t always athletically inclined, sports on campus are a big deal. Students all receive free Rutgers T-shirts that they are encouraged to wear to games. All students attend the games, even if they never picked up a basketball in their life. The athletics at Rutgers is a way for students to show their school spirit and to appreciate the enormity of Rutgers. When you sit in the 41,500-seat football stadium or in the RAC for a basketball game, it is hard not to go crazy about Rutgers. You even get a free meal swipe at the stadium, where you receive $10 of food from the concession stand. In addition to the major sports on campus, namely basketball, soccer, and football, other sports do get recognition. Intramural sports are big deal on campus, and often become extremely competitive. Many students thrived in high school sports, but didn’t make the cut for Division I, which makes RU intramurals a tremendous part of student life.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big East Conference
Basketball: Big East Conference
School Nickname
RU has two Scarlet Knights: one arriving to home games on horseback in actual knight armory and the other in a large "cartoon" Scarlet Knight costume.
Men Playing Varsity Sports
308 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
300 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 93
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 34
Cross Country/Track: 58
Other Sports: 247
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 44%
Basketball: 50%
Baseball: 71%
Cross Country/Track: 54%
Other Sports: 83%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Capoeira
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Eskrima (Philippino martial arts)
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Jujitsu (Kodenkan)
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Paintball
  • Performing dance
  • RoadRunners
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Salsa
  • Ski/snowboard team
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surf
  • Swim
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Innertube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Team handball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Busch Tennis Center
  • Class of 1914 Boathouse
  • College Avenue Gym
  • Cook/Douglass Recreation Center
  • Knight Sport Club Field
  • Livingston Recreation Center
  • Loree Recreational Complex
  • Louis Brown Athletic Center
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Rockoff Hall Gym & Spa
  • Rutgers Aquatics Center
  • Rutgers Fitness Center
  • Rutgers Football Stadium
  • Rutgers Indoor Practice and Conditioning Facility
  • Softball Complex/Class of 1953 Gruninger Complex
  • Sonny Werblin Recreational Center
Most Popular Sports
Football, men's and women's basketball, and men's crew
Most Overlooked Teams
Fencing and women's crew
School Spirit
During orientation days, dorms go against other dorms on their campus in all types of activities. Some of these activities include creating the best banner for your dorm or winning the most athletic activities for your dorm. People paint their faces and bodies and have a huge amount of spirit that day. It varies from campus to campus what activities you do. On sunny days, Rutgers organizations set up booths along the campuses and give freebies to anyone walking down the street; anything from water bottles, juice, and hair products to Frisbees, deodorant, and cookies. Major stores, such as J.Crew, Express, and Aeropostale have box sales on different campuses and sell the previous year's clothes at incredible prices. These events make Rutgers students appreciate going to a major university. The resentment of being forced to come to Rutgers soon disappears when students get a name brand hoodie for $5. Since Rutgers is a public university, many native New Jersians resent the fact that they come here instead of a private university. Many students originally come to Rutgers because of its cheap tuition and the immense amount of scholarships given to in-state residents. However, the majority of students that come to Rutgers with a negative outlook ended up loving it. They come because of the discounted education, but end up staying because of heavy school spirit. University-wide spirit is prevalent during football and basketball games, when the stadiums are flooded with scarlet colored sweatshirts, T-shirts, and pants emblazoned with university pride. Since Rutgers is a Division I school, the football games attract crazed fans. Students are even known to dye their hair and paint their bodies scarlet red, black, gray, and white before football games. Although the football team has had a losing streak for the past few decades, Rutgers students still root them on in the 41,500-seat stadium. School spirit is absolutely at its best at men's basketball games in the RAC, Livingston's truncated, triangle-shaped stadium. Since the complex is unusually shaped, the noise carries and cheering becomes insanely loud.
Getting Tickets
All Rutgers students can swipe themselves into any football game with one guest. Visitors can buy tickets through the athletic department's Web site, It is crucial for students to buy their football tickets in advance, because these tickets go very fast. Usually students wait up until midnight when the next game's tickets are available and purchase them then. Make sure you are certain you will be able to attend the game, because after two times of not attending a game after purchasing tickets, you will be ban from getting any more tickets for the season. If you miss five games and purchase tickets, you will be ban from ever getting tickets again during your stay at Rutgers.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Central campus and Reiman Gardens
Did You Know?
  • The Louis Brown Athletic Center, commonly referred to as the RAC (Rutgers Athletic Center), is home to the Rutgers men's and women's basketball programs. The 8,000-seat area has been rated among the loudest and hardest to play stadiums in America due to its truncated pyramid shape.
  • The term the "Ivy Leagues" originated from the first intercollegiate football games, (beginning at Rutgers), symbolizing old collegiate buildings immersed in ivy. The term later went to maintain the prestige of the oldest private universities in the country.
  • RU sports clubs are student organized, student led, and student funded.
  • The Rutgers Indoor Practice and Conditioning Facility, commonly referred to as "the Bubble," is the nation's largest air-supported, indoor structure. The New York Giants, after several years of using the Rutgers Bubble as their post-season practice facility, modeled their own indoor, air-supported structure after this facility.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 522 responses

  • 15% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 70% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 15% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 522 responses

  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 50% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 35% 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 521 responses

  • 20% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 64% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 14% 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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