Spectrum News: Bearcat football offers a great game and more to UC fans
Success on the athletic field boosts school spirit and draws more prospective students
First-year students choose UC for many reasons: a top-ranked cooperative education program; lots of programs of study to choose from; and a great city that hosts the university are plenty to consider. But success on the athletic field is also an undeniable initial attraction to many and also a way to encourage others to be forever Bearcats.
Baylor Rowell, a first-year student, told Spectrum News that his initial visit to UC was successful in large part because of the central location of Nippert Stadium to campus. He was interested in UC’s co-op program and academic offering, but the visual impact of Nippert helped seal the deal.
“It helped me picture myself as a student here, going to games with friends and just having the college experience,” Rowell told Spectrum News.
This year UC admitted its largest first-year class ever with 8,215 students. Its overall student body neared 48,000 students and it is the largest and most diverse group of students in school history.
“Even if you are completely here for academics and not at all a football fan, when you walk around campus on Saturday and hear the crowd roar when the team comes onto the field, it makes you feel a sense of school spirit,” UC’s Jack Miner, vice provost for enrollment management told Spectrum News. “Once you experience it, you’ll absolutely be a lifelong Bearcat from that point on.”
Featured image of Nippert Stadium taken by UC Marketing + Brand.