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$18,676 ($6,344)
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Very Easy
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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our school spirit is lacking. Even though our sports are not amazing, it still is disappointing to see that not many students go to support our teams.

3 College Senior

Athletics: They put a lot into the football team and they hardly ever do good. We have other sports like women's basketball that wins more and they don't recognize them very well. The first games of the season always have quite a bit of student involvement then they go down from there if the teams are not winning.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Idaho State University has a few good sports teams but the worst is by far the football team. There is little to no support for them. Rugby is also unpopular but I think it's because we don't know much about it. More exposure to it would be helpful in that respect. Our facilities are good but the seats could be more comfortable.

4 College Student

Athletics: Although our football team is not the best, we have many other varsity sports that many students attend and show off their pride!

4 College Junior

Athletics: My favorite plus -- indoor football field. No freezing when trying to enjoy the homecoming game!


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  • 520th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 777th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eryn Lowe
Communications/TV Broadcasting
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Athletic needs are a high priority at ISU. Between sports teams, the popular intramural program, sports clubs (competitive and non-competitive), and the athletic center, everybody can be involved. The intramural program is the most supported athletic program with its wide range of sport styles. Competition is definitely at its peak in these intense challenges. Students recruit the best players they can find, give themselves a snappy name, and head out onto the field or court with high determination.

Sports clubs are also a popular way to go with air hockey, table tennis, billiards, bowling, and much more. There is no reason to be bored or inactive at ISU. The one thing ISU athletics is missing, though, and is improving, is school pride. The athletic teams have a difficult time attracting student support. It could probably be because of the lack of W's in the win/lose column, but the students do need to up the pride.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Sky Conference
Basketball: Big Sky Conference
School Colors
Black and orange
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
139 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
122 - 3%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Climbing
  • Judo
  • Kendo
  • Racquetball
  • Rodeo
  • Rugby
  • Snow
  • Soccer
  • Sport shooting
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Centennial Course
  • Davis Field
  • Holt Arena
  • ISU Sport Medicine and Orthopaedic Center
  • Jared Allen Strength and Conditioning Center
  • Miller Ranch Stadium
  • Reed Gymnasium
Most Popular Sports
Football and basketball are the most student-supported sports at ISU.
Most Overlooked Teams
The cross country, golf, and tennis teams do not get nearly as much attention as the other athletic teams. But this is not an institution known for its athletics, so all of the sports could use more student support and game attendance.
School Spirit
ISU students are definitely proud to be Bengals and a part of the University. The athletic sports teams do struggle, and it definitely shows in game attendance. Overall, the student body has Bengal pride. The best example of orange-and-black spirit on campus is definitely Homecoming week. ISU has tons of activities, a bonfire, a pep rally, a dance, and a popular parade that extends to the community during the week of Homecoming. During the Homecoming football game, the Holt Arena is full of painted faces, pom-poms, and the Holt's famous ice cream. The school spirit can also be seen by the amount of alumni support the school receives. ISU graduates are proud to call themselves Bengals, and it shines through in the spirit of students now.
Getting Tickets
All tickets for students are free with Bengal ID. Students just need to bring their Bengal ID with them to the game, show it at the door, and go on in! And there is always room for everybody!
Best Place to Take a Walk
Red Hill Connector is the best trail on campus, but Pocatello is known for great hiking, biking, and walking trails. All Pocatello area trails can be found at

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 7% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 38% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 50% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 43 responses

  • 7% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 49% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 23% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 21% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 48 responses

  • 33% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 25% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 40% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.



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