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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic teams have a great advantage at this school. Each team is equipped with the nicest field or court. There is even an exclusive athletic team residence hall.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: We are known for our championship and also many of the great players that move on to high ranking teams.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are huge at this school. Great programs available, as well as small intramural/club sports.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Louisville has one of the greatest athletic programs in the country. We have top of the line facilities with outstanding teams.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Everyone gets involved in all sports.


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The University’s athletic program is one of the major reasons a lot of students choose to come here. From basketball to football to field hockey to rowing, there is a seemingly endless list of varsity teams. The University has experienced some scandals with its coaches in the recent past (hello, Rick Pitino), but it seems to have only made people more interested in attending games and supporting the teams. Cardinal fans go into every season optimistic, even if Louisville doesn't always win. Discounted student tickets are available to all sporting events, and some are even free. But, if you want to get tickets to a men's basketball or football game you’d better get them early because they will sell out. If you can't make it to a game, you can always find a sports bar that is carrying it—these places are usually packed with fans on game day. L-Raisers, a student organization whose sole purpose is to promote and support U of L sports, adds another dimension to the intense pride Cardinal fans feel.

And it isn’t just all about varsity sports, either. Students often participate in intramurals, or at least go to watch the games. One complaint students have about the athletics here is that certain teams are overlooked, such as field hockey, lacrosse, swimming, and soccer. These sports typically have low game attendance, but students are starting to show more of an interest. Football and basketball will always be the most popular, though, and even when the Cards don't win, U of L fans never give up on their teams.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
School Colors
Red and black
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
302 - 5%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
281 - 5%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 92
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 29
Cross Country/Track: 43
Other Sports: 178
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 47%
Basketball: 63%
Baseball: 75%
Cross Country/Track: 50%
Other Sports: 59%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Kempo karate
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Polo (women's)
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Sports officials
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tai Chi
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (women's)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Canoe regatta
  • Cornhole
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Free throw competition
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Kickball
  • Putt-putt golf
  • Racquetball
  • Rock, paper, scissors tournament
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Sports trivia
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Tug-o-war
  • Turkey Trot
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bass-Rudd Tennis Center
  • Cardinal Arena
  • Cardinal Boathouse
  • Cardinal Club (golf course)
  • Crawford Gym
  • Field Hockey Complex
  • Freedom Hall
  • HSC Fitness Center
  • Humana Gym
  • Jim Patterson Stadium
  • Lacrosse Stadium
  • Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
  • Ralph Wright Natatorium
  • SGA Parkway Field
  • Soccer and Track Stadium
  • Swain Student Activities Center
  • Tom Musselman Golf Center
  • Trager Center
  • Trager Stadium
  • Ulmer Stadium
  • The Yum! Center
Most Popular Sports
Football and men's basketball are the most popular, by far.
Most Overlooked Teams
A lot of teams get lost in the shadow of the football and basketball teams. Some of the most overlooked are cross country, equestrian, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, swimming, and tennis.
School Spirit
You'll see hundreds of people wearing U of L attire every day. Students not wearing red and black on game days are in the minority. Student attendance at sporting events, especially men's basketball and football, is always high.
Getting Tickets
For the two major sports on campus, football and men's basketball, students have to purchase student tickets in advance through the athletic department. Most other sporting events, including baseball, field hockey, softball, swimming, and tennis, are free.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Walking around campus will take you past trees, flower gardens, and a variety of interesting buildings and statues. Campus jogging routes with mileages are available on the Fitness and Wellness website (
Did You Know?
Intramurals are very popular, and teams filled with dorm residents and members from Greek life and other organizations battle for titles in traditional sports like basketball, hockey, Ultimate frisbee, and volleyball, as well as less-traditional ones like billiards, canoeing, and tug-of-war.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 171 responses

  • 36% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 56% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 8% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 171 responses

  • 16% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 51% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 32% 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 171 responses

  • 42% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 44% 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.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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