Bloomington, IN
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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Indiana University's student body has amazing school spirit. We have a ton of support for mainly football and basketball but continued support for other sports like soccer, baseball, volleyball, and more. Greek life encourages its members to get involved with intramurals. Intrumurals are open to the entire student body so that's a great way to mix Greek students and independent students. Our athletic facilities are always busy. There are always special events going on to promote a healthy lifestyle in more than just physical health, but mental health and positive body image as well. I love our athletic centers and I'm there at least twice a week if not more.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I think the athletic facilities are very nice and well kept.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: No football team worth watching

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball goes without saying. The football team would be big if they were any good, but tailgates in the fall are extremely popular. IU has an overall great athletic program, with continued success in less-popular sports.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Awesome athletic scene, especially tailgaiting before football games. Athletic facilities are great too, especially for non-student athletes.


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  • 41st
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 433rd
    Best Intramural Sports

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While men's basketball is the obvious draw, other varsity sports are not overlooked. The stands are usually filled when the men's soccer team plays. Women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett led the Lady Hoosiers to their first-ever Big Ten Tournament win in 2002, and that program continues to improve steadily. Also to be considered are the Hoosiers' record-shattering six consecutive NCAA swimming titles, the valiant annual efforts of the football team (students still need an excuse to tailgate in the fall, regardless of the team's dismal record) and an endless succession of winning seasons for the baseball team. It would be a serious faux pas to leave out one of IU's most popular traditions, the Little 500 bicycle race in the spring.

If sitting on the sidelines isn't enough, athletically-inclined students are very much encouraged to participate in intramurals. Every type of competition from volleyball to indoor soccer is offered, including non-physical tournaments like Euchre and sports trivia. The divisions have something for every skill level and are advertised all over campus, including in the dorms. In fact, RAs will often organize an IM sports team as a floor activity. Sports can be a big part of the IU experience, if you want them to be. Just peek your head out of your dorm room and you'll feel the thrill that is IU athletics!

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Ten Conference
Basketball: Big Ten Conference
School Colors
Cream and crimson
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
329 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
305 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 90
Basketball: 29
Baseball: 31
Cross Country/Track: 48
Other Sports: 231
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 44%
Basketball: 43%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 86%
Other Sports: 78%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Baseball
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Fishing
  • Gaelic Hurling
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Racquetball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Swing dancing
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Waterskiing/wakeboarding
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cornhole
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER)
  • Student Recreational Sports Center (SRSC)
Most Popular Sports
Whisper the words "Bobby Knight" within a hundred miles of Bloomington, and you'll get a reaction. Whether that reaction is praise of the former IU basketball coach or a chair flung angrily across the room at the mere mention of the name, the passion that encompasses IU students (and the state of Indiana at large) is grand. The team has in recent years maintained its legendary status; the players are celebrities, and students have clamored for season tickets to see the games. There has been such a rush for tickets that the administration had to cut down the number of passes allotted to each order in an effort to let students cheer on their team. For many people, IU equals basketball.
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball is often overshadowed by the men's team, but they put on an impressive show as well. The men's soccer team is talented and popular, but a lot of students miss the game season.
School Spirit
School spirit is one of the things IU thrives on. Particularly strong when basketball season rolls around, students are proud to be Hoosiers and wear the Cream and Crimson like a badge. Every time we're recognized as a top party school, spirit soars as we pat each other on the back and raise our glasses, but the atmosphere is just as charged whether we're cheering the football team on to another defeat or protesting the departure of an Indiana legend. A Hoosier is a Hoosier is a Hoosier, and even if no one really knows what that means, the cohesiveness of the student body (and the pride in this term) can't be ignored.
Getting Tickets
Depending on which sporting event you want tickets to, tickets are usually easy to get. Tickets to the men's basketball games are in short supply, and the administration has recently been distributing fewer tickets than ever before. Many sporting events are free to watch, and no other sport has the universal demand of basketball. Call 1 (866) IUSPORTS for all tickets.
Best Place to Take a Walk
If by "walk," you mean "power walk" or "feel the burn," try the track at Woodlawn field. Otherwise, the arboretum is large and beautiful, as are the woods and pretty much anywhere else on campus or downtown Bloomington. You could ostensibly walk around all day and not see everything, and there are plenty of trails and sidewalks to facilitate your journey.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 145 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 6% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 80% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 14% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 145 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 22% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 57% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 21% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 144 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 49% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 40% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.



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