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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Cincinnati has a lot of pride!! GO BEARCATS!!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Team pride is very strong here and the facilities are awesome!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone is evolved with something physical on campus

4 College Freshman

Athletics: im not into sports but its a big part of campus.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: This school is all about sports, mainly football and basketball.


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Since the University of Cincinnati joined the Big East Conference in 2005, the Bearcats have taken on bigger rivals and have had some big games. The success of the football and men's basketball programs has put athletics at the forefront of student life at UC. Now, more than ever before, students are going to and talking about games and getting in the spirit of being a Bearcat. Every student should go to at least a few games throughout their college career, even if sports aren't really up their alley. The energy of students, faculty, alumni, and other fans is just incredible. Generally, the crowd is decked out in red and black, and the atmosphere is buzzing with excitement. Bearcat fans are friendly, and people who don't even know you will be cheering with you. It's a great way to meet other students because once you start going to games, you'll get to know people who you've seen before.

Many UC athletes are very talented, and the best part is they are involved off the field or court as well. Many athletes are named to academic honors, whether at UC or in the Big East Conference, and take part in community activities to help others. Most athletes don't have a big head and will hang out and chat with you at a party or in class like they are just another student here. The teams really appreciate their fans and make the UC community a lot closer by bringing everyone together.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
School Colors
Red and black
School Nickname
The Bearcats
Men Playing Varsity Sports
276 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
188 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 90
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 28
Cross Country/Track: 83
Other Sports: 141
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 85%
Basketball: 80%
Baseball: 33%
Cross Country/Track: 67%
Other Sports: 47%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Ice hockey
  • Inline hockey
  • International dance team
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Pershing rifles
  • Racquetball
  • Rowing (men's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Shotokan karate
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo
  • Waterskiing
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Armory Fieldhouse
  • Fifth Third Arena
  • Gettler Stadium
  • Keating Aquatic Center
  • Marge Schott Stadium
  • Nippert Stadium
  • Richard E. Lindner Center
  • Richard E. Lindner Varsity Village
  • Sheakley Athletics Center
  • Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center
  • Traditions Golf Club
Most Popular Sports
UC has traditionally been a basketball school, with the men's team drawing in plenty of fans. The highlight of the season is the Crosstown Shootout against inner-city rival Xavier University. This game sells out every year. The football team also creates a buzz on campus, especially when the team is playing Big East rivals like West Virginia, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers.
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, and baseball are often overlooked, but these teams also boast talented athletes. The women's lacrosse team is pretty new, so it hasn't gained much popularity yet.
School Spirit
School spirit is on the rise among Bearcat fans. RallyCats is a student organization geared toward increasing school spirit on campus and at sporting events. Students who want to meet other spirited students or need someone to paint their body with for a football game will find this club interesting. School spirit is hit or miss, though. If athletic teams are doing well, there tends to be more school spirit than when things aren't going so well. Generally, you'll see a lot of people wearing UC T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, and sweatpants, which means school spirit isn't completely dead.
Getting Tickets
Students can get free tickets to all athletic events. However, football tickets can be a little more difficult to get. Free football tickets are available 10 days before the game, and can be reserved either online or by walking up, but sell out fast. Students can purchase season tickets, which prevents the need to wait in line. Men's basketball tickets can be ordered for free online, and the tickets are emailed to students the morning of the game. Students can get into all other sporting events with their UC ID.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Burnett Woods, just east of the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Your best bet is to walk here during the day since it can get rather dangerous at night if you're alone. You can also walk on the Campus Recreation Center's suspended walking track.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 174 responses

  • 9% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 78% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 11% 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 174 responses

  • 19% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 52% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% 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 174 responses

  • 34% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 54% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 7% 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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