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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I very much enjoy being a spectator at sporting events! Great social events!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The only thing lacking is student support, probably because people are stuck studying all the time.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity athletics are important to varsity athletes while the rest of the campus mostly ignores them. Some of the houses have a pretty big intramural sports culture.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There is hardly a school spirit when it comes to athletics. Not a bad thing—just we're hyper-focused on academics.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's fine. No one cares about it and they do okay i guess


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At the University of Chicago, it's not uncommon for someone not to realize that the University has a football team until after he or she graduates. The general student body gets more excited about a good grade on a calculus test than a football tailgate. However, school spirit and interest in athletics is continuously growing. With the use of the Common Application, the University is attracting more mainstream students who are taking a genuine interest in the University's sports. They should—because a majority of the teams dominates the UAA (University Athletic Association conference) and is recognized nationally within the division. The sports games do have some attendance, but the majority of fans is other athletes or friends of the players, not random students.

Outside of the athletic scene, there is a feeling of school spirit. However, instead of banding together to cheer on the Maroons, students tend to rally around the difficulty of the school. It’s a perverse type of school spirit, but it still is a unifying attitude among students. Students show individual house spirit and pride during intramural sports, which are very popular on campus. There are also some club sports—like crew, ultimate Frisbee, rugby, and lacrosse—that have a fair amount of participation. If students aren’t interested in sports, they can still take advantage of the amazing facilities. Ratner Athletics Center is modern and well maintained, and Henry Crown Field House has a classic-gym feel. Stagg Field and the tennis courts next to it are also open to the public. Basically, school spirit and varsity athletics exist, but there is still more room for both of them to grow.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: University Athletic Association
Basketball: University Athletic Association
School Colors
Maroon and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
266 - 10%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
160 - 6%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Aikido Kokikai
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Bocce ball
  • Climbing
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Falun Gong
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Floor ball
  • Genkikai Ki-Aikido
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Hwa Rang Do/Tae Soo Do
  • Ice hockey
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Jiujitsu
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tang Soo Do
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Velo
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Broomball
  • Chess
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Foosball
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Amos Alonzo Stagg Field
  • Bernard J. DelGiorno Fitness Center
  • Gerald Ratner Athletics Center
  • Gymnasia
  • Henry Crown Field House
  • J. Kyle Anderson Field
  • Myers-McLoraine Pool
  • Outdoor tennis courts
Most Popular Sports
All sports have some sort of following, no matter how small. The most attended are football, soccer, basketball, and volleyball. The games are generally exciting, and the teams have a fair amount of national recognition within Division III.
Most Overlooked Teams
Every one. Sports are generally overlooked by the student body. However, they do have a fan base of athletes or ex-high school athletes.
School Spirit
There is a very perverted school spirit. More people tend to cheer about the depressing workload or socially awkward people. You'll see more shirts that say "University of Chicago: Hell Does Freeze Over" or "University of Chicago: Where the squirrels are more aggressive than the guys and cuter than the girls" than any shirt that actually says "Go Maroons." However, school spirit is continually growing as the University attracts more mainstream students with the use of the Common Application. There are more and more tailgates for football games or themed nights for basketball. Students also take a lot of pride in their intramural teams, showing spirit in their particular houses.
Getting Tickets
Admission is free for students to all U of C sporting events.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Lake Shore, the Point, Chicago Botanical Garden, the Main Quadrangle
Did You Know?
In 1935, University of Chicago football player Jay Berwanger was the first to receive the Heisman Trophy.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 98 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 2% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 35% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 62% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 98 responses

  • 48% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 2% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 50% 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 97 responses

  • 29% 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.
  • 18% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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