Are you a sports fan? A face painter? An unofficial cheerleader? A costume-wearer? Do you lose your voice after every game you attend and judge people for leaving early? Or, perhaps you’re an athlete. Fiercely competitive. Willing to rise at 6am for practice and compromise a weekend of partying so you can bring your A game at the championships. You spend winter break training alone – unless you don’t go home at all, because you want to stay with the team. If any of these describe you, sports are probably going to be a huge part of your college experience.
As you’re probably well aware, some schools just don’t “do” sports, while it’s a huge defining factor of others. But which schools go the hardest when it comes to athletics? Maybe that will help you decide which colors you’ll be wearing for the next four years.
Florida State University
If you’re willing to paint your entire body in red and gold and partake in a “war chant” when it’s rally time, you might fit right in at FSU. The school is known far and wide for its diehard football fans, who mimic tomahawk chopping motions during games to channel their mascot, the Seminole. There are arguably just as many college football fans as there are professional fans, and in the grand scheme of things, FSU has a lot of fans – which means that it’s a fun school for sports, whether you watch or manage to make the cut to get on the team.
University of Alabama
It seems that the south has a penchant for interesting sports chants, and ‘Bama fans have gotten in on the action. “Roll Tide” is the battle cry you’ll be shouting if you’re a sports-loving student at UA in Tuscaloosa. This school is so well known for its sporting events – at which students deck themselves out in red and white – that they have even been featured in ESPN commercials for their undying dedication.
Not all sports-oriented schools are only football-crazy. Indiana University, for one, is big on basketball – in fact, it’s thought that they might have the biggest fan following in college sports. Nothing’s better than cheering on the Hoosiers during March Madness or watching their incredible marching band celebrate the football team.
University of Wisconsin
See? Schools up north care about sports, too – and if you’re a lover of age-old sports rivalries, UW might be for you. When the Badgers take on the Golden Gophers, there’s a tension and team loyalty in the air that’s downright palpable. After all, it’s a rivalry that’s been going on for over a hundred years, and whoever comes out on top gets a trophy in the shape of Paul Bunyan’s axe.
Michigan State University
Michigan State University is another school with a long-standing sports ritual that’s a rite of passage for new students to partake in: the Spartan Walk. Before every home game, the team walks across campus to the Spartan Stadium, making their way past the swarms of fans cheering “Go Green! Go White!” It’s not uncommon to see painted faces and people dressed like Spartans at any MSU sporting event.