Athletics

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Houston, TX
Undergrads
3,803
Tuition
$37,292
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Student

Athletics: Sports are not the main focus at Rice

4 College Senior

Athletics: Love the rec center. Intramural sports are a pretty big deal. Wish people felt the same about varsity athletics. Football game attendances were often pitiful, but I think it's getting better.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are well appreciated, and lots of students participate in intramural sports, but in some sports there is not an enormous amount of support or team spirit from the rest of the school, especially for the varsity sports.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Rice students don't care too much about sports- at least not varsity sports. Inter-college inter mural sports are a big deal, though, especially basketball, freshman flag, and powderpuff.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: they're ok! Rice football just won the CUSA game...so... GO OWLS!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 7th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1285th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

As one of the smallest Division I schools in the country, Rice is known to always play against bigger schools, which unfortunately has not resulted in a fabulous athletic record. Home football games usually get a fairly decent turnout, and after claiming the championship title of the College World Series in 2003, the baseball team has since received massive financial support and attention. Sadly, most of the other varsity teams go virtually unnoticed by the overall student population. Compared to other universities that charge students to attend games and still fill the seats, Rice gives free tickets to any Rice student who wishes to attend a game.

While varsity athletics may be lacking, the club and intramural sports scene is another story entirely. A large variety of club and intramural sports is available, and a high percentage of the student population participates in one of these teams. Many club teams are often just as competitive as varsity teams. In 2010, Rice rugby won the conference title and went on to play at nationals. Competition between the residential colleges is what drives the intramural system (although non-team or non-college sports are also very popular). Powderpuff and flag football games between colleges usually draw a crowd of fans/cheerleaders from the respective colleges. It could definitely be argued that more students on campus care about the club and intramural teams than the varsity teams.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Conference USA
Basketball: Conference USA
School Colors
Blue and grey
School Nickname
Owls
Men Playing Varsity Sports
236 - 13%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
137 - 8%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 85
Basketball: 29
Baseball: 27
Cross Country/Track: 39
Other Sports: 82
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 82%
Basketball: 83%
Baseball: 20%
Cross Country/Track: 82%
Other Sports: 100%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's )
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Powderpuff football
  • Quidditch
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo (women's)
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • David and Barbara Gibbs Recreation & Wellness Center
  • Jake Hess Tennis Stadium
  • John L. Cox Fitness Center
  • Reckling Park
  • Rice Aquatics Center Natatorium
  • Rice Stadium
  • Rice Track/Soccer Stadium
  • Sports medicine facilities
  • Tudor Fieldhouse
Most Popular Sports
Baseball and football are without a doubt the most popular and widely supported sports at Rice. Students rarely attend other sporting events, but every football game has a decent turnout. Since Rice won the 2003 College World Series against Stanford (with the biggest victory in College World Series championship-game history), Rice students have become huge baseball fanatics.
Most Overlooked Teams
Every team other than football and baseball!
School Spirit
It's hard to step foot outdoors and not see somebody wearing a piece of Rice apparel.
Getting Tickets
Tickets to all Rice athletic events are free to Rice students with a valid student ID, and finding an available seat is never much of a problem.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Remember this phrase: Outer Loop during the day, Inner Loop at night.
Did You Know?
Rice Stadium seats up to 70,000 people and was home to Super Bowl VIII in 1974.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 21% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 72% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 8% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 13% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 13% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 74% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 37 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 19% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 59% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 14% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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