Athletics

Location
Manhattan, KS
Undergrads
17,245
Tuition (in-state)
$20,146 ($8,047)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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5 College Junior

Athletics: I really thing that the athletics at K-State is what a lot of people take the most pride in. We never get the best recruits out of high school, yet we still manage to be near the topic of our conference in football and basketball. Our fans our great, we produce a very difficult atmosphere for opposing teams. Whenever there is a game day in basketball or football, most students are representing their purple pride. It truly feels like it is the whole campus against the other team.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Huge! Such an athletic campus

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at KSU are super fun for everyone - even the kids who aren't into sports. There's really something for everyone.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I absolutely love going to football, basketball, and baseball games. They are a ton of fun to attend and we have really nice facilities. The school spirit is insane. Unlike anything I have ever experienced!

4 College Junior

Athletics: Student attendance at football games is fantastic!

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  • 40th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 468th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The influence exercised by the football program at K-State is truly epic in scope. When the team wins big games, it's like Jesus coming back. This zeal by no means fizzles after graduation; alumni snap up season tickets, and watch parties are organized by spirit clubs everywhere from Alaska to Florida.

Though football often upstages other sports, it is by no means the only player on the scene. The equestrian team and women’s volleyball have made quite a name for themselves. Women’s rugby games, too—though, chronically underattended—are well worth a watch. In addition to this, intramural and club sport participation is mammoth. How many colleges can lay claim to parachuting and inner tube water polo teams? Even nonteam players are not immune to the prevailing mentality. Come mid-March, the campus sidewalks bloom into kaleidoscopes of spandex.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Twelve Conference
Basketball: Big Twelve Conference
School Colors
Royal purple
School Nickname
Wildcats
Men Playing Varsity Sports
252 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
227 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 81
Basketball: 29
Baseball: 36
Cross Country/Track: 66
Other Sports: 178
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 87%
Basketball: 60%
Baseball: 40%
Cross Country/Track: 69%
Other Sports: 74%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Crew
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Dodgeball
  • Fishing
  • Inline hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Paintball
  • Parachute
  • Rodeo
  • Rugby (women's)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Trapshooting
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Water skiing
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross country
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Miniature golf
  • NCAA Football video games
  • Punt/pass/kick
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Sports trivia
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Whiffleball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ahearn Field House
  • Bill Snyder Family Stadium
  • Bramlage Coliseum
  • Breidenthal Boathouse
  • Colbert Hills Golf Course
  • R.V. Christian Track Complex
  • Timbercreek Stables
  • Tointon Family Stadium
  • Washburn Tennis Facility
Most Popular Sports
You have to ask? The devotion with which football is followed here borders the religious. Students who generally remain physically conjoined to their mattresses until noon can be sighted ducking into shower stalls at 7 a.m. in the event of a mid-morning home game. Their loyalty is not without foundation. Since Coach Bill Snyder took the reins in 1988, the team has rocketed from a bottom-of-the-basement embarrassment to a resident powerhouse of the Big 12. Basketball probably qualifies as number two, but the perennial mediocrity of the team prevents the onset of a similar fanaticism.
Most Overlooked Teams
Equestrian, men's crew, men's and women's volleyball, women's rugby
School Spirit
There are only so many places where you can speak of Purple Pride with a straight face. But such is the dedication of K-State's student fan base: They're loud, they're proud, and they're oblivious to the overtones accompanying an apparel store known as the "Cat's Closet." They're also everywhere—football is a way of life here. When it comes to academics, the sense of pride is less marked but still present. The University's major claim to fame in this department is its place in the national fellowship-distribution rankings—a statistic the administration and a few of the more self-satisfied students cite at every available opportunity.
Getting Tickets
Tickets may be purchased in person (at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office), over the phone, or online (www.kstatesports.com).
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Quinlan Natural Area, a strip of woodland winding along Petticoat Lane, is one of the best-kept secrets on campus. Soothing and secluded, it makes for ideal introvert territory, complete with babbling brook.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 137 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 64% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 24% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 135 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 26% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 56% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 19% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 137 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 7% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 66% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 26% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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