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Athletics: Our athletic teams at UD don't necessarily have the records they should, but the athletes are great and work hard. The facilities are beautiful, and the staff is really friendly.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I know football isn't very popular at Delaware because they don't allow tailgating before games, and I'm not sure how popular other sport are, but I know that intramurals are very popular and a lot of people choose to get involved.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports aren't a big focus at the University of Delaware.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics aren't a huge part of my school. However, our gym is beautiful and clean.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Students are not really that into sporting events.


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Athletics are popular for those who care about them. If you have no interest in sports, you will not feel left out at all. The main spectator sports that draw crowds are football and basketball. Of course, every student wants UD teams to win, but support is more abstract, as few students follow the games or know the details of UD sports teams. Intramurals are really big with those who participate in them but seem practically nonexistent to those who don't. Your own preference determines how important sports will be to your college life.

The gym for students is modern and fully equipped. There are fitness classes, personal trainers, and staff to plan a personalized workout for those who cannot plan their own workouts. There are even options like yoga for those who are not so fond of other kinds of exercise. Most students take advantage of some aspect of athletics, whether in team form or on their own, and the gym is always crowded at peak hours.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Colonial Athletic Association
Basketball: Colonial Athletic Association
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Blue Hens
Men Playing Varsity Sports
343 - 5%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
288 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 105
Basketball: 12
Baseball: 30
Cross Country/Track: 50
Other Sports: 242
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 100%
Basketball: 75%
Baseball: 83%
Cross Country/Track: 100%
Other Sports: 81%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Bowling
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey (men's and women's)
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rowing (men's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized skating
  • Tennis
  • Track and field/cross country
  • Trap and skeet
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball (court and sand)
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bob Carpenter Center
  • Bob Hannah Baseball Stadium
  • Carpenter Sports Building
  • Delaware Field House
  • Delaware Mini-Stadium
  • Delaware Softball Stadium
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Ice Arenas
  • Nelson Athletic Complex
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Rawstrom Natatorium at CSB
  • Rullo Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Football, basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Soccer, lacrosse
School Spirit
School spirit on this campus is about medium. The popular sports teams have a student following to support them, and most students have UD paraphernalia, such as sweatshirts and stickers for their cars. The most recent school spirit item is the appearance of skimpy shorts with UD on the back or various student organizations. The Greek population demonstrates the highest level of school spirit, as they tend to throw events celebrating student life. The day that the most school spirit is shown is no doubt Homecoming. Alumni return and tailgate before the game, and UD students celebrate all day. After this, there is very little that brings the students together in the same manner.
Getting Tickets
Tickets for UD students are completely free as long as you sit in the section reserved for students. If you want to sit with your parents in the regular stands, you must purchase a ticket. If a game is particularly important or exciting, it is better to get tickets a week in advance because the seating for students is limited. You can get tickets in the Trabant Center Box Office. There usually isn't a problem with games being sold out, so this is just a precaution.
Best Place to Take a Walk
White Clay Creek
Did You Know?
The blue and gold colors that represent the UD were chosen in 1889 to reflect the colors in the Delaware state flag.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 276 responses

  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 37% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 54% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 275 responses

  • 31% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 35% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 33% 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 273 responses

  • 12% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 75% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 11% 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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