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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Pitt has some of the greatest school spirit of all of the schools in PA. There is tons of student involvement at football games and especially basketball games, however some of the other sports do not see as much attention. The athletic facilities are excellent.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I mean, we aren't the best at sports but we make legends here. There have been some great athletes that have come from the University of Pittsburgh. Even though we sometimes suck at sports, we still have amazing school spirit.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball isn't that big unless you get in the oakland zoo. But football season is pretty huge

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Although I am not involved with any sports, I have been a part of the Oakland Zoo at almost every basketball game, and I have attended almost every home football game as well. The amount of school spirit is extremely strong and it unites the students very well. We have a ton of fun.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I enjoy going to the games but so much academic preference is given to the athletes and that isn't the reason they chose Pitt. They chose Pitt to play division 1 sports -- not necessarily for their education.


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Athletics at Pitt are impressive and exciting. Pitt's football team is often ranked in the top 25 in the nation and goes to a bowl game virtually every year. The program is expected to go nowhere but up at this point. With positive seasons last few years, the recruiting possibilities are promising. The men's basketball team has been nationally ranked over the past few seasons, reaching a school high of number one, and they look to have a bright future ahead of them. Other varsity sports don't have the same draw as these two teams, but Pitt athletics holds its own in nearly every area. The swimming and diving teams always do well but are largely overlooked. And the volleyball team has had great seasons, too.

For those who don't want to play on varsity teams, there are numerous IM and club sports at Pitt. Soccer, football, basketball, and volleyball are most popular among students. All of these are coed and run each semester with a final playoff session at the end of the season. Although there are a lot of IM sports, many students really aren't aware of them. In fact, compared to the number of students that attend the University, participation in IMs is remarkably low. If you're looking for something even less formal, there are often pick-up games of Frisbee or soccer on the Cathedral lawn, and it's never hard to find friends in the dorms looking to toss around a football or shoot some hoops.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
276 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
193 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 88
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 25
Cross Country/Track: 52
Other Sports: 147
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 39%
Basketball: 44%
Baseball: 100%
Cross Country/Track: 94%
Other Sports: 86%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball (recreational, competitive)
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Touch football
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baierl Recreation Center
  • Bellefield Fitness Center
  • Bellefield Pool
  • Charles L. Cost Center
  • Dorm Fitness Centers
  • Fitzgerald Field House
  • Gymnastics Training Center
  • Heinz Field
  • Petersen Events Center
  • Petersen Sports Complex
  • Pitt Wrestling Room
  • Trees Hall
  • Trees Pool
  • UPMC Sports Performance Complex
Most Popular Sports
Football and basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, softball, volleyball, swimming, lacrosse, and rugby are all teams that don't get very much campus attention.
School Spirit
Pitt students are known for having lots of school spirit. Faces are painted blue and gold, cheers are shouted at major sporting events, and many games sell out. Pitt gear is abundant around campus, and you'll even spot students or alumni across the country because of clothing, bumper stickers, or other slogans. The Oakland Zoo follows the Pitt basketball team with more passion than an over-acted soap opera. School pride isn't a requirement for coming to Pitt, but it doesn't need to be-students develop it well enough on their own.
Getting Tickets
Football tickets are easy to come by, and they are cheap for students. At $25 a set, season tickets give students seating at every home game. Make sure to get to Heinz Field early because once the lower student section fills up, you have to head up to the nosebleed section. Basketball tickets are also cheap-$5 for a game ticket. However, the tickets are given out by both a lottery and point accumulation system. This has been a source of complaint by students for the last few years, but compared to a number of other large basketball schools the system is relatively easy and fair. All other sporting events are free.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Schenley Park

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 308 responses

  • 10% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 71% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 19% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 308 responses

  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 44% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 42% 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 308 responses

  • 22% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 64% 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.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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