Athletics

Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Senior

Athletics: We have a lot of great teams in many different sports, football and basketball being the biggest of all. The football games are a ton of fun, but I know a lot of students that don't care about sports. I think everyone loves being a Sun Devil, but about half of them apply that to our sports teams as well as academics.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are a big part of the school and every student enjoys them.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The football program has seen a resurgence in recent years and the student section grows. The atmosphere gets better and better.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are a huge part of the Arizona State University life style. When it comes to varsity football and basketball, nothing gets students more excited. The teams receive great support from the university as well as alumni and their performance definitely reflects that. School spirit and fan turnout at ASU games may be the best in Arizona; on game night, it's impossible not to get lost in a sea of Sun Devil fans.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Athleics at this school are top notch, and very fun to watch.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 54th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 788th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jade Riley
Hometown
Glendale, AZ
Major
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
Grad Year
2013
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ASU students definitely agree that football is the primary sport that’s followed and talked about here. While ASU football doesn't always have a great season, followers are still faithful and full of spirit. Baseball and basketball can be pretty popular among students as well. The students who are into other sports here usually either participate or know someone on a team. There are also many opportunities for athletes who do not have the time or ability to participate in varsity sports. While intramural and club sports are not as popular as the varsity sports, there is still an impressive number of students who participate in them. There are classic sports like soccer, lacrosse, and volleyball, as well as specialty sports like martial arts and different forms of dance. The hip-hop coalition is widely known at ASU and provides an upbeat, fast, and fun atmosphere for both men and women that are into dancing. Of the many students at ASU and the great number of hot bodies here, it’s obvious that a good number of them find something at this school to keep them in shape.

ASU pride and support are highly visible, as demonstrated by the often intimidating student turnout for football and basketball events in particular. The biggest, and most heated, game of the year is the football game between ASU and University of Arizona (U of A), played late in the season. Even when the teams meet in Tucson, home of the Wildcats, many students make the trip to show their support. The Sun Devil/Wildcat rivalry is the most storied in the state and among the most infamous in the region. If you love sports, there is surely a team at ASU that will fit your interest.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Pacific-10 Conference
Basketball: Pacific-10 Conference
School Colors
Maroon and gold
School Nickname
Sun Devils
Men Playing Varsity Sports
299 - 1%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
218 - 1%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 78
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 27
Cross Country/Track: 55
Other Sports: 148
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 45%
Basketball: 100%
Baseball: 8%
Cross Country/Track: 14%
Other Sports: 55%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • American Pankration
  • Cheer
  • Cycling and triathlon
  • Dancing Devils
  • Devil DanceSport
  • Drill team
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics (men's)
  • Hip-hop coalition
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Power soccer
  • Racquetball
  • Rowing (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Swing Devils
  • Synchro Devils
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Waterskiing
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alberta B. Farriington Softball Stadium
  • Ed and Nadine Carson Student-Athlete Center
  • Frank Kush Field/Sun Devil Stadium
  • Karsten Golf Course
  • Mona Plummer Aquatic Center
  • Packard Stadium
  • Student Recreation Complex (SRC)
  • Sun Angel Stadium/Joe Selleh Track
  • Sun Devil Soccer Stadium
  • Sun Devil Sports Performance
  • Verde Dickey Dome
  • Weatherup Center
  • Wells Fargo Arena
  • Whiteman Tennis Center
Most Popular Sports
Football and men's basketball are huge! End of story. Every ASU student should experience at least one game, no question. Both sports attract a huge crowd with a great display of school spirit, maroon and gold style. Intramural sports are very popular, as well, with clubs, fraternities, sororities and other groups competing.
Most Overlooked Teams
Aside from football and basketball, it seems as though the rest of the sports teams are invisible. Many students on campus would agree that teams like cross country, golf, gymnastics, swimming and diving, track and field, wrestling, and many others do not get near the recognition that football or basketball does. Regardless, there are always individuals who will attend other sporting events aside from football, basketball, and baseball.
School Spirit
When it comes to school spirit, ASU is definitely not the school to tone it down. On game days, when driving down Rural Road, you will see plenty of students walking along the sidewalk sporting their maroon and gold as they head over to the football stadium. When prepping for game day, girls will get super dolled up and make really cute shirts for the game, while guys will put face paint on and gear up the Sun Devil way. There are plenty of activities before and after the ASU football games that get students extremely excited for the day! For instance, tailgating in Lot 59 is a popular event where many students get together, socialize, and get competitive! It is easy to say that ASU is one of the most spirited universities because whether we win or lose, the student body is always down to have a great time at the games! Without fail, the student section at football games is always packed, and security just runs rampant trying to settle people down. When ASU plays against our biggest rivals, University of Arizona, during home games, students will make it known that Tempe is Sun Devil territory. At ASU, we keep it hot like a Sun Devil!
Getting Tickets
Since game days are a big event here at ASU, season tickets are a must for any student interested in going to the games! It is extremely simple to order season tickets that include both football and men's basketball games for the price of $149. The cost is worth it to be able to go to the two most popular sporting events on campus. Students and others in the community also have the option of purchasing tickets for single games or season passes for the sport of their choice. For more information on ticket pricing, please visit www.thesundevils.com.
Best Place to Take a Walk
If you are wanting to get some good exercise outside of the mile-long walks to get from class to class, then the Tempe area is a great place to adventure! There are many places to walk, including a localized area within the ASU Tempe campus where a dirt path follows the perimeter of the SRC (Student Recreation Center) fields. This little path is a great place to track your mileage of how far you are running or walking, and it is really close to the dorms or classes in case you do not have much time. Other great walks include taking a stroll around Tempe Town Lake, where you can enjoy the serene view of Tempe. Papago Park also offers great walking, hiking, biking, and running trails. You really cannot beat the Arizona desert scene, and it is only a few miles north of campus! If you're feeling a more downtown or social vibe, then walking along Mill Avenue or Tempe Marketplace is the way to go. There are plenty of people shopping in these areas, eating some fabulous food, or hitting up the local bars. Finally, for a more traditional walk, the infamous Palm Walk within the center of campus is a fun little walk where you see plenty of the student body traveling around campus!

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 456 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 63% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 23% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 457 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 34% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 46% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 19% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 456 responses

  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 16% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 67% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 14% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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