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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: You can easily get into a sport, but you won't necessarily find every possible sport represented.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: One of the best athletic fields and courts i have seen in my sight seeing of other colleges.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I fell that being a commuter school SJU isn't super huge on the school spirit, it could be way better.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic facilities are good but at the same time small. They could add some more exercise machines.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: i joined many clubs and i always attended sports events.

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Athletics are a big thing on campus, but it's not fair that many of the sports are overshadowed by the popularity of the basketball and soccer teams. Some programs at St. John’s University have even been cut (football, track and field). There are also a wide variety of interest club sports and intramurals for those that enjoy the recreation but don’t want the competition and travel. The University works hard to provide all students with opportunities to exercise and partake in recreational activities.

On the national level, the Red Storm is a well-respected program. The Big East is quickly becoming one of the most feared conferences in NCAA basketball. At SJU, students get to see their team take on such heavy-hitters as Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and UConn. Athletics are known to draw many students to St. John’s and with good reason. The University has assembled a top-notch program for its students.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Big East Conference
School Colors
Red, black, and white
School Nickname
Red Storm
Men Playing Varsity Sports
151 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
161 - 3%
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 43%
Basketball: 70%
Baseball: 40%
Cross Country/Track: 75%
Other Sports: 79%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball (men's)
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Arena football
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Belson Stadium
  • Carnesecca Arena
  • DaSilva Memorial Field
  • Jack Kaiser Stadium
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Red Storm Field
  • Taffner Field House
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, baseball, and soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Fencing, golf, women's track and field, and women's volleyball
School Spirit
School spirit is really big for the basketball and soccer teams, but it's not as big when it comes to Greek life and other events. One good thing is that when there is any event, whether it is just an organization holding a picnic to Black Solidarity Day, there is always a crowd supporting and serving as spectators. There could be more student engagement, but the school overall has sufficient school spirit.
Getting Tickets
Tickets can be especially hard to get (and more expensive) when it comes to men's basketball.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Walking around campus is the best place to walk. If you prefer to be indoors, Taffner Field House has courts that students can walk around.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 255 responses

  • 11% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 65% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 22% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 255 responses

  • 21% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 38% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 38% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 253 responses

  • 22% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 53% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 21% 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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