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Athletics

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3 College Junior

Athletics: There is a lot of school spirit for our division 1 teams, despite their lack of performance.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not very involved in the athletics at my school at all, but I've heard that we don't particularly excel in any sport. Even so, there's always a big turn out for football games and a lot of school spirit.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Tulane is not a school known for sports. Our women's basketball team is fairly good fairly often, yet the men's team still garners more attention. We built a football stadium on campus, yet most students leave the game after the first quarter if they go at all. The school has excellent facilities. As President of the school's Martial Arts Club, I can attest to that. Yet, the students do not often exhibit school spirit. It becomes hard to support a team when your fellow students would rather boo at the referee than cheer when your team earns a point.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Fan support for the basketball, volleyball, baseball, and football teams should be better from students considering students get free tickets.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have pretty great facilities, but nobody really cares about sports too much here at all. I went to both the opening & homecoming games & hardly anyone stayed past the first quarter both times. Not a very athletically-centered school at all.

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A number of things might come to mind when one thinks of Tulane, but its athletic department is not one of them. The baseball, basketball, and volleyball teams are some of the best, but they’re still not widely supported amongst the student body. The University’s football games are played in the Superdome, the stadium for the city’s football team (the Saints), but since it’s off-campus and sort of difficult to get to, only a small portion of students end up going to the games regularly.

A lot of students are involved in club sports because of there are so many more sports offered in club than varsity and they are much more laid-back. Intramurals are fun to participate in, but these tend to be much less organized, and they do not last very long—there are only a few games in a season. Both club and intramural sports are a great way to meet new people, but participation isn’t necessary for your social standing. Students who are not involved in sports usually show no support for them or interest in them. No one comes to Tulane because of the sports atmosphere so if you’re a big football or baseball fan, don’t be surprised when there isn’t a huge following.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Conference USA
Basketball: Conference USA
School Colors
Green, white, and blue
School Nickname
Riptide the Pelican, Green Wave
Men Playing Varsity Sports
173 - 7%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
121 - 4%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 13
Basketball: 6
Baseball: 6
Cross Country/Track: 5
Other Sports: 16
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 54%
Basketball: 83%
Baseball: 33%
Cross Country/Track: 60%
Other Sports: 75%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Baseball
  • Boxing/MMA
  • Capoeira
  • Cricket
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Ninjutsu
  • Paintball
  • Rock climbing
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Waterskiing
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Biathlon
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Handball
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Quickball
  • Racquetball
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
Reily Recreation Center
Most Popular Sports
Like most universities, football is probably the most popular sport on campus. However, there is also support for basketball and volleyball teams.
Most Overlooked Teams
Field Hockey, Fencing, Sailing
School Spirit
While there many not be huge enthusiasm for the sports teams on campus, Tulane's students know how to show their pride in just about every other respect. The bookstore sells every kind of clothing imaginable with Tulane's name on it, though it's hardly necessary to shop there since just about every event that goes on at Tulane gives out free t-shirts. Students are also very supportive of their clubs and organizations. Sorority girls always have some article of clothing with their Greek letters on them, and Tulane's rowing team's shirts are worn in cult following. Clothing is just an external way for students to show their commitment and pride for their school; whether it's to one or many, Tulane students whole-heartedly support the organizations to which they belong.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are often free with a student ID and very easy to get.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Audubon Park, Academic Quad

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 129 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 5% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 63% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 31% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 129 responses

  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 16% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 47% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 128 responses

  • 12% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 63% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 23% 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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