Athletics

Location
Rexburg, ID
Undergrads
15,235
Tuition
$3,770
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
Branch Campus Of
Brigham Young University
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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym and rec center are great. There are many courts for people. There is a GREAT indoor track as well.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I like going to the new I-center for sports/exercise

4 College Student

Athletics: My college does not have varsity sports of any kind, all we have are intramurals and other activities. They're pretty big, one of the biggest degree programs at my college is Exercise Physiology. Lots of people love taking care of their bodies and having fun with sports, there's always some activity going on!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are no varsity sports. There are only intramural and club sports, which I think a lot of students get involved. It isn't necessarily a school you come to if you want a career in professional sports.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not a very athletic person, but I know they are very popular with most of the people and there seems to be a good atmosphere about it.

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  • 5th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1363rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jenica Sparks
Hometown
Olympia, Washington
Major
Communications
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Since becoming a four-year university, BYU-Idaho (formerly known as Ricks College) removed its competitive intercollegiate sports programs to provide funding for a variety of other student pursuits. Part of the reasoning in eliminating competitive sports was a concern of cost and the underlying purpose of the school. A large portion of student tuition is subsidized through tithing paid by members of the Church of Latter-day Saints. Because the University wants to use these tithes in the most advantageous way possible, more money is put into academics, activities, and intramural sports that teach students important skills in reasoning, communication, and leadership versus spending it on competitive teams and the costs associated with collegiate sport maintenance like student scholarships, coaches, travel, etc.

Many of the students feel they would enjoy the aspect of intercollegiate sports were it to be incorporated at BYU-Idaho because of the unity and spirit having a sports team naturally brings to a campus or community. But where the purpose of the school is primarily to offer students an affordable education to help improve the individual societies and communities they’ll bring their expertise to, most students are understanding of the University’s decision to remove intercollegiate sports. However, as mentioned before, sports haven't been entirely eliminated from the myriad of student activities. Students are still able to participate in a variety of sports through intramural teams. Plus, they can still try out to make a varsity or junior varsity team. The school also keeps impeccable maintenance of equipment and facilities used by these sports teams.
 

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: N/A
School Colors
Blue and gray
School Nickname
Vikings/Thor the Viking
Men Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
0 - 0%
Intramurals
  • Flag football (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (mixed)
  • Softball (coed)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (mixed)
  • Volleyball (mixed)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Hart Diamond
  • Hart Playfield
  • Lower Playfields (East and West)
  • Sand Volleyball Courts
  • Seventh South Fields
  • Skating Rink
  • Soccer Fields (East and West)
  • Stadium Track and Field
  • Tennis Courts (Upper and Lower)
  • Upper Playfield
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee
Most Overlooked Teams
Wrestling, Hockey
School Spirit
People still make T-shirts and posters for friends on intramural teams. However, fewer students participate as spectators for the games.
Getting Tickets
Most sporting events don't require tickets. When they do, they can be purchased at the event.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Porter Park, BYU-I Gardens, Nature Park
Did You Know?
If BYU-Idaho doesn't have a sports team for the particular sport you're interested in, you can talk to the sports recreation department about forming an intramural team for that sport. When students want to make an addition to clubs, societies, and recreational sports, it's reasonably easy to do so.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 194 responses

  • 14% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 19% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 61% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 194 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 25% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 6% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 68% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 193 responses

  • 51% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 38% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 10% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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