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5 College Student

Athletics: Sports are huge. Always popular, big deal. Lots of involvement, school spirit, support. Facilities pretty nice.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't really know anything about athletics. I am not a sports person. My sphere of influence is the music and arts department. I do know that football and basketball are really big.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Games are fun to go to, we have awesome fans and great teams

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: It seems that the most frequented games are the BYU football team's. I am fine with that, but it seems like we should get more participation at volleyball, baseball, softball, and soccer games. We need even more attendance at these events. However, I would like to say that most of BYU's teams are top-notch. It's hard to make it in and many of the teams win pretty often.

The athletic facilities are really nice.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Fun atmosphere at all games!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 46th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 118th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlin Bronson
Hometown
Graham, Wash.
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BYU football is a Utah County tradition. BYU takes a lot of pride in athletics, and student support is consistently consistent. The fall semester is punctuated with comments around campus supporting/bemoaning the football team. Historically, BYU has done well in our division, although we recently left the WAC. We do have sports aside from football, but they aren't really noticed unless they are doing well. Intramural sports are big around campus-many students get involved, especially in the spring and summer.

There are so many students on campus that an elitist attitude from athletes is easily avoided. The All-Sports Pass is a great way to get involved in many different sports, and it is not too hard on a student budget. Sports are really big at BYU and add a fun dimension to student life.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Other
Basketball: West Coast Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Cosmo the Cougar has been BYU's official mascot since 1953.
Men Playing Varsity Sports
321 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
229 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 93
Basketball: 35
Baseball: 34
Cross Country/Track: 81
Other Sports: 191
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 46%
Basketball: 50%
Baseball: 17%
Cross Country/Track: 83%
Other Sports: 73%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • Aerobics
  • Backgammon
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • George Albert Smith Fieldhouse
  • Indoor Practice facility
  • Marriott Center
  • Stephen L. Richards Building
  • Student Athlete Building
Most Popular Sports
Football is, by far, the most supported sport on campus. The basketball and volleyball teams have done well in past years and, when they are doing well, people go to the games.
Most Overlooked Teams
BYU's rugby team is one of the best in the nation, but their games are surprisingly low attended. Admissions are free and excitement is high, so make sure to check them out!
School Spirit
Cougars are proud to be cougars! Although most BYU students are from out of state, may come from a long line of BYU graduates and have grown up watching BYU sports. School spirit is high on campus, especially when facing BYU's rival, the University of Utah. BYU has Blue and White Week every year, the week of the BYU versus U of U football game. Lots of activities involving school spirit are held around campus every day leading up to the big game. One of the most popular is True Blue, where students can play football and squash around in foam that dyes their skin blue.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are fairly easy to get if you are a student. The only really difficult tickets to score are the University of Utah versus BYU football games. If you buy the All-Sports pass, you basically have access to any home event. These are usually around $80-$90 depending on the year, but make sure to get them in the summer before they sell out!
Best Place to Take a Walk
Hike the Y, walk through Rock Canyon, walk along the Provo River Parkway

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 288 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 8% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 80% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 11% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 287 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 68% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 287 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 11% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 59% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

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