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4 College Junior

Athletics: Although University of San Francisco is a relatively small university, sports allow the students to engage with one another and participate in showing their school spirit. The sporting events allow students to create memories they will remember forever. I was able to conquer my fear of singing to a large crowd at the basketball game when I sang the National Anthem. I was encouraged by the students in the stands and felt the true spirit of University of San Francisco.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are not a big part of campus life, but Koret gym offers a lot of opportunities for students to get involved.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I haven't been using the athletic facilities regularly, so I don't really have a lot to say about it, but it's definitely a nice building and environment.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit is not the most fun, but it is still prominent in school life, however USF does not have a football team and I would have liked to participate in game such as football.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Its a cool way to show school spirit, but it is not widely attended.

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USF is lacking a football team, which is usually seen as essential to college sports, so the school loses a lot of fans to apathy. However, there is an impressive alumni following, and many students do enjoy attending basketball and baseball games regularly. Though many students claim "hectic schedules" as the cause for not showing up for more athletic events, there is plenty of interest and participation in intramural sports. Most USF students seem to think that intramural sports are more fun and inviting, and so they attract a fairly large following. San Francisco’s professional teams get a lot of love from the student body, though, with many students slighting school spirit in favor of the 49ers, the Giants, the Warriors, and so on.

There is a fair amount of athletes with serious potential at USF, so it’s unfortunate that so much of the student body overlooks athletics. Most of the people you’ll see at games are friends, family, alumni, and sadly, fans of the opposing team. Still, when a Dons team starts winning more games, word spreads throughout campus, and many fair-weather fans crop up seemingly overnight. This is especially true for the men’s basketball team and the women’s volleyball team. Newcomers should certainly check out a game or two, especially seeing as everyone at USF has their own degree of interest in school spirit.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Western Athletic Conference
School Colors
Green and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
133 - 7%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
90 - 3%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Boxing
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Shotokan
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Water polo
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Benedetti Diamond
  • Koret Health and Recreation Center
  • Negoesco Stadium
  • War Memorial Gymnasium
Most Popular Sports
In terms of presence, the basketball, baseball, and volleyball teams enjoy the most spectators and student support, even though they are lacking as compared to other more sports-oriented schools. Intramural and club sports are the most popular because they are known as the most fun and least competitive.
Most Overlooked Teams
The tennis and golf teams are perhaps the most overlooked, in part due to poor publicity. Most students are unaware of the existence of the two teams.
School Spirit
While just about every USF student owns some USF-related item of clothing, not everyone owns sports memorabilia or gets into the spirit of game season, no matter the sport. Basketball games tend to draw the biggest crowds, and that's where you're likely to see foam fingers and cheering students on the sidelines. Other than that, students show up to see their friends compete on athletic teams, but generally speaking, there is very little athletic spirit at USF. Not until there's a major victory or a long-awaited grudge match does most of the student body show up to watch their school's team.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are available at the ticket office outside of the War Memorial Gymnasium and are free for students.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Golden Gate Park is a very popular destination, either with or without friends, for hanging out or doing homework. It's so close to campus that most students will take off after classes to lay in the grass for a few hours. Students also enjoy exploring Haight Street, which is also close to campus, and the Panhandle, which has its own greenery to explore on foot or by bicycle.
Did You Know?
Before the 1950's, USF used to have a football team. In 1950, the Dons football team was so good that nine of the players went on to the NFL. Unfortunately, the school couldn't afford to maintain the sport, so in 1951, the president of USF dropped football. The University revived the team in 1965, only to have it dropped again for good in 1971.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 168 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 16% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 67% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 14% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 167 responses

  • 20% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 19% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 57% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 166 responses

  • 14% 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.
  • 24% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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