“I love singing the Alma Mater at the end of football and basketball games. My favorite part is at the end when we shout ‘CONQUER AND PREVAIL!’ while fist-pumping.”
Kelly Quindlen ’11
As members of the legendary Southeastern Conference, Vanderbilt’s ten women’s and six men’s varsity teams face opponents known for their strength and competitiveness. True to Vanderbilt form, it’s a serious pursuit of excellence balanced by a healthy GPA, where Commodores consistently dominate the SEC in making the Dean’s List and graduation rates. In fact, Vanderbilt’s Department of Student Athletics registered a near perfect mark in the NCAA’s annual Academic Performance Review for the 2009/10 school year, with 14 of the Commodores’ 16 varsity sports earning perfect scores of 1,000 in this important national evaluation.
"From a student perspective, that’s all you are going to do on Saturday. You’re going to go to the game and che er for them. Regardless of whether they win or lose, you’re still going to support them and that’s really fun."
–Allegra Sturns ‘11, College of Arts and Science, Ft. Worth, TX
But even if you’ve never been to a game before, there’s an undeniable excitement that fills the air when the Commodores take the field, court, or track. From tailgate parties to the singing of the alma mater after each home game, win or lose, you can’t help but be swept up in the excitement and tradition of Commodore athletics.
Whether you are in the stands or on the sidelines, there’s a whole other side to college life waiting to be discovered once you challenge yourself to push beyond your comfort zone and see why it’s good to be gold.