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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Fans at VU go crazy for basketball! They "bleed" gold & brown! The valparaiso university crusaders actually got second place for college basketball last year. VU fans celebrate all year! #govalpo

4 College Senior

Athletics: The athletics are great and the events bring the students together as they support their own. The athletics shows school spirit and it is a great part of the school.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I do not play sports anymore, but sports are an important aspect of my university. There is great school spirit, with many home games to attend. Sadly, I do not make it to the games as often as I would like being a commuter.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball is amazing, but the other sports are not as awesome.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is a great show of school spirit! Everyone loves to go to a football game or soccer game! The work out rooms are clean and up to date.


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For students, lately there have only been two sports worth attending: volleyball and basketball. Each year the attendance varies, but these two teams can draw in a large community and student crowd. The student section in the ARC is usually filled with the Pep Band and fans sporting brown and gold. There are many other athletic teams on campus, but they draw much smaller crowds.

There is a football team, but while decent, they have enormous trouble filling the stands for every home game, except Homecoming. The softball team is continuing to improve with each consecutive year’s success, and in turn, is gaining more of a regular crowd. Most of the other Division I sports don’t draw much of a crowd at all.

Many students also like to play sports. Intramurals are available to anyone who wants to play, and they are a great way for a large number of students to stay in shape and take a much needed break from studying. About half of the student body gets involved in at least one intramural sport. Many teams are created by Greek organizations, other clubs, residents sharing a wing, and groups of friends. The highly coveted champion t-shirt is the reward for winning tournaments. 

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Pioneer Football League
Basketball: Horizon League
School Colors
Brown and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
274 - 22%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
136 - 10%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Fencing
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Cornhole
  • Dodgeball
  • Floor hockey
  • Foosball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Water basketball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • ARC Pool
  • Athletics Recreation Center (ARC)
  • Brown Field
  • The Course at Aberdeen
  • Eastgate Field
  • Emory G. Bauer Field
  • Fitness Center
  • Valpo Softball Field
  • Valpo Tennis Complex
Most Popular Sports
Basketball (men's and women's), volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Softball, men's soccer, swimming
School Spirit
Valpo's school spirit really shines when it comes to-you guessed it- basketball. The most blatant show of school spirit is the VUCRU-the student cheering section at the games. These students (most of the student body, in fact) dress to the nines in VU apparel and colors, sporting VU temporary tattoos, gold and brown face paint, and even gold wigs. VUCRU sponsors theme nights, so you'll often see these students with alien antennaes, coconut bras, or cowboy hats. They are loud, obnoxious, and do everything they can to harangue, irritate, and hassle the other team, its coaches, and the refs. Some of the most fun times at Valpo are had in the VUCRU! Tons of students even travel to see out-of-town VU games. One of the most notable instances of this was when students traveled hundreds of miles to watch VU play Duke during the 2003-2004 season. You'll also find school spirit running high during Homecoming and Spring Week when Union Board and Greek organizations put together campus competitions and sponsor campus-wide activities. Most students are proud to wear the brown and gold!
Getting Tickets
Tickets are usually not required for students. Your VU ID card will get you into the games free-even basketball games. Tickets are only required for off-campus sporting events or NCAA interleague games, where students get discounted rates. The only tickets that can be hard to get are extra tickets for men's basketball for friends and relatives. These are not expensive but can sell out for big games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
On campus-the sidewalks make a great place to run or ride. Off-campus trails include the trails at the Dunes and the Prairie Dogwood bicycle and walking trail.
Did You Know?
  • All of the athletics at Valpo are Division 1 besides football, which is Division 1 AA.
  • Valpo's basketball games are sometimes picked up by ESPN.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 75 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 39% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 55% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 4% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 74 responses

  • 43% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 22% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 35% 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 74 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 45% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 41% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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