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4 College Senior

Athletics: Temple has always been a basketball school, and we make frequent appearances in the NCAA tournament. Although it used to be infamous recently the football team has been on the rise, and is starting to be recognized nationally. Other sports on campus tend to be overlooked unless you are connected to them somehow, either interested or know someone on the team. Games are always a fun time whether you go alone or in a group, Temple has amazing tailgates and students tend to invite their friends from other universities for the experience.

4 College Junior

Athletics: No complaints. I'm simply not a sports person though.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Temple has such a huge fan base! Also the football team is up and coming so that is a HUGE plus!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone is has a lot of school spirit especially when it comes to football and basketball. All the other sports are still shown school spirit but not as much. We have our own club that is based on the football and basketball team to encourage fans and bring support to the teams.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Temple football and basketball are huge but they dont force support, you can just tell that they have the support of the students.

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This is a great time to come to Temple, especially if you are involved in athletics. The football team has finally been revitalized and could possibly crack the "top 25" over the next few years. The basketball team has made it to the NCAA tournament more than 25 times and is usually guaranteed one huge home upset a season, which makes for an exciting time. 

Of course, these "revenue" sports get the most attention, but the rest of the sports teams definitely hold their own, boasting All-Americans and multiple national contenders. The camaraderie surrounding sports at Temple makes you feel as if you are a part of a community with every game you go to. There are opportunities to see all of the other sports compete, even the track and crew teams, in various events throughout the city, which also makes for an adventure.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football:
Basketball:
School Colors
Cherry and white
School Nickname
Owls
Men Playing Varsity Sports
292 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
265 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 88
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 26
Cross Country/Track: 30
Other Sports: 192
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 40%
Basketball: 33%
Baseball: 67%
Cross Country/Track: 57%
Other Sports: 67%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Ice hockey
  • Indoor rock climbing
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Powerlifting
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Swimming
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ambler Field
  • Ambler Fieldhouse
  • Ambler Soccer Field
  • Edberg Olson Hall
  • Geasey Field
  • The Liacouras Center
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • McGonigle Hall
  • Skip Wilson Field
  • TU Pavilion
Most Popular Sports
Men's and women's basketball, football
Most Overlooked Teams
Ice hockey and lacrosse
School Spirit
You cannot tell a Temple student that he or she doesn't attend the best college in Philly. Drexel students are a bunch of nerds, and UPenn students are snobs. As far as the other colleges go, they don't even get mentioned. Temple is very much full of school spirit. From the decorated dorm rooms of Temple paraphernalia to the painted bodies at games, Temple students are proud to be owls. Almost all students have a Temple sweatshirt, and some also even have a hat, folder, and sweatpants. This is definitely not the school for you if you can't see yourself loving the cherry and white colors.
Getting Tickets
For basketball tickets, Temple offers the best seats at a discount to a party of 10 or more. Everyone stands outside and waits until morning for tickets. This is our "March Madness." Otherwise, tickets are free, and sometimes you can get a coupon to invite another person. For more information, call (215) 204-8499.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Founder's Garden
Did You Know?
  • Back in the 1960s, Bill Cosby was a track and field and football star at Temple University.
  • The basketball team won the first national collegiate championship in 1938.
  • Football and basketball programs began in 1894. Yeah, that's more than 100 years ago.
  • Women club sports began in 1923.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 403 responses

  • 10% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 59% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 29% 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 402 responses

  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 48% 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.
  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 402 responses

  • 14% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 69% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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