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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I personally have never been to a FSU football game, but they are a huge deal in the Fall. FSU tries to get the students excited about all varsity sports by sending informational emails before games. The gym on campus is absolutely wonderful, and usually crowded with many students.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Florida State University won the BCS National Championship in 2013! Obviously, varsity sports are a huge deal. If you're not at the football game, you are participating in some way--watching at a friend's, tailgating with the radio on, sitting at the bar with your friends while the game is on, etc. Campus life is invigorated with the popularity of sports, especially football.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Our athletics, especially the football (National Champions last year), are definitely some of the best and well taken care of.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Florida State University has the best athletes and teams in the entire nation! We won the football championship of 2013.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Our athletics programs are great at FSU, though I am not a big sports fan.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 259th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cheryl Justis
Hometown
Daytona Beach, Fla.
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For those who want to participate in sports but aren’t ready to try out at the varsity level, it’s easy to get involved with intramural teams. There is a wide variety of IMs to choose from, and the warm weather allows for year-round competition. IM sports are plentiful and offer a variety of choices for the discerning amateur athlete. The choices run the gamut, from flag football to bowling. All the IM sports are well organized and highly competitive, so make sure you’re serious about the sport you choose, otherwise you may end up on the sidelines.

As for varsity sports at FSU, football is arguably the biggest thing on campus. When fall rolls around, you can feel the excitement in the air. Tickets can be difficult to come by, especially for the big games, but everyone is usually able to attend the games they want. Florida State University prides itself on having one of the most competitive athletic programs in the country. Football dominates the scene, but that doesn't mean the other sports are ignored. FSU women's sports are just as competitive as the men's and also garner national attention, with the softball, soccer, and volleyball teams often in the hunt for a national championship. Even if you aren't interested in sports, you can't help but cheer when an FSU team takes the field.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Colors
Garnet and gold
School Nickname
Seminole Indian
Men Playing Varsity Sports
288 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
226 - 1%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 92
Basketball: 24
Baseball: 32
Cross Country/Track: 63
Other Sports: 135
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 79%
Basketball: 75%
Baseball: 38%
Cross Country/Track: 36%
Other Sports: 69%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Climbing
  • Crew
  • Cricket 
  • Cuong Nhu 
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Kiteboarding
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Scuba
  • Shotokan Karate
  • Skimming
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming 
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee 
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Flag football
  • Home run derby
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tailgate games
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Weightlifting
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Leach Recreation Center
  • Scott Speicher Tennis Center
  • Seminole Golf Course
  • Stults Aquatic Center
  • Tully Gym
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, football, softball, volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball, women's soccer, lacrosse
School Spirit
School spirit is taken to the extreme at Florida State, especially during football season. The homecoming parade actually shuts down part of downtown Tallahassee. Game days are completely nuts. Be prepared to see nothing but garnet and gold everywhere you look. This is especially true when in-state rivals University of Florida or the University of Miami come to town. FSU students take great pride in their school, and it shows.
Getting Tickets
It is very easy to get tickets to most sporting events at FSU. All currently enrolled students pay an athletics fee with their tuition, so student tickets are free. For large events like football games, students request their tickets online, and block seating is available. A lottery will be used when student demand for tickets exceed the supply of available tickets, but usually this doesn't happen. For other events, students show their FSU ID to the ticket office located near Doak Campbell Stadium to receive their free ticket to the game.
Best Place to Take a Walk
San Luis Mission Park, St. Mark's Trail
Did You Know?
In the wake of the NCAA's 2005 decision not to support most Native American-themed mascots, there arose some uncertainty as to whether FSU could retain its use of the name "Seminoles," as well as images and symbols representing that name. A council meeting of the Seminole Tribe's elders in June of 2005, however, affirmed that the Tribe's relationship with FSU was a constructive one, and that FSU's traditions and depiction of the Seminole were respectful.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 328 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 2% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 63% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 34% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 327 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 54% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 38% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 327 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 16% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 67% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 17% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

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