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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Good, but could be better

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Its fun to watch, but we are only really known for baseball.

5 College Student

Athletics: I'm on the cheer team, and the entire spirit program is awesome. The school support behind each of the sports is awesome. And being in the SEC, football game days in the fall are hella hype

3 College Freshman

Athletics: It is not the biggest deal, but people still support the school.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are great relative to top academic schools. Not that great when compared to the SEC. Still, as a student at an elite academic institution, you can't ask for our athletic programs to be much better.


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Vanderbilt athletics, at times, seems to be the target of ridicule within the SEC. A lot of this has to do with the size of the student body-even if every single Vanderbilt student and grad student showed up, we couldn't fill our own basketball arena. Compare this to the big state schools of the SEC, which are several times bigger and have tons of alumni within 20 minutes of their school.

There are some of us, however, that take pride in our football team despite its poor showing. Nearly 100 percent of our football players graduated, and none of our programs have ever been on probation. In contrast to some other schools that have scandals and controversial issues, Vanderbilt has steared clear of cheating or other questionable activities. Many students though, would be satisfied having their alma mater remain the loveable and respectable underdog.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southeastern Conference
Basketball: Southeastern Conference
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
187 - 6%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
161 - 5%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 84
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 22
Cross Country/Track: 17
Other Sports: 90
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 88%
Basketball: 60%
Baseball: 100%
Cross Country/Track: 75%
Other Sports: 91%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (women's)
  • Bowling
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Karate
  • Kung Fu
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Powerlifting
  • Racquetball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Innertube water polo
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Brownlee O. Currey Tennis Center
  • Hawkins Field
  • John Rich Complex
  • The Legends Club
  • Memorial Gymnasium
  • Soccer/Lacrosse Complex
  • Student Recreation Center
  • Training Room
  • Vanderbilt Stadium
  • Vanderbilt Track
  • Weight Room
Most Popular Sports
Football and basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, golf, and tennis are all underrated at Vandy. While they don't draw many fans, Vanderbilt consistently excels at the `country club sports.' Both of our tennis and golf teams have placed nationally and consistently rank among the top in the SEC, which is the best and most competitive conference for these sports. The Vanderbilt baseball team has a new stadium and has competed very strongly in SEC play in recent years.
School Spirit
There is a lot of school spirit at Vandy-it's just focused on teams that are winning. So, the teams that succeed tend to draw big crowds, while the teams that lose a lot don't always play in front of a packed house. Students and the Nashville community have a tremendous amount of spirit for teams like the basketball teams, and they will often pack Memorial Gymnasium. For the most part, people on campus are jaded about the football team. While many students attend the games (many dressed up in ties or sundresses), don't expect them to stay very long. In light of the recent successes of the football team, students are becoming more passionate and dedicated about the football team.
Getting Tickets
All games are free for students. Usually, your student ID will get you into any Vanderbilt sporting event for free. For big basketball games, it pays to get there early as the student section will quickly fill up.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Enjoy the indoor or outdoor tracks, stroll around the 330 acres that Vandy's sits on, or simply walk on over to beautiful Centennial Park, just across West End Avenue from main campus.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 102 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 54% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 43% 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 102 responses

  • 11% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 42% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 44% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 101 responses

  • 27% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 60% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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