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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many of the student athletes support each other by attending games as well as friends of the athletes on the teams but I feel as if the athletes game schedules are not advertised enough for the students on campus

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Sports are popular to attend and play. It is exciting to get involved, highly recommended.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: People are very involved in athletics at this school.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The varsity sports are a very big part of campus life and the school has lots of spirit for their sports. everybody attends all the games and they are really supportive.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I would say Slippery Rock has great school pride. Everyone is constantly wearing green on Friday and doing traditions to support our school!


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  • 300th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 638th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liz Rekowski
Pittsburgh, PA
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The glory days seem to be over for SRU varsity athletics. There are legends of intense football games between SRU and rival universities IUP, Edinboro University, and Clarion University. These heated matchups made for some intense showdowns and packed stadiums full of green and white. Unfortunately, with the lack of any recent SRU success, much of the school spirit has since evaporated. Now at varsity athletic events, students come decked out in “Rock Rowdies” gear toward the beginning of each semester, but much of the spirit fizzles out as loss after loss is accumulated. The most recent downer for varsity athletics was a cut in funding, which translated to a cut in very popular teams, such as water polo, swimming, golf, and men’s tennis, just to name a few. SRU seems to have forgotten that the wide selection of varsity sports, now lost, was a definite appeal for student recruitment.

Intramural sports teams are far more popular and, in many cases, taken more seriously than varsity sports. IMs carry a cult-like following, as students create teams and come out to the ARC to have fun, more than anything. Anybody can play in the many events throughout the year, as actual “skills” are, by no means, mandatory. Basketball, dodgeball, volleyball, and a laundry list of other sports give students many options to get involved, make fools of themselves, and have a good time doing it.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
Basketball: Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
School Colors
Green and white
School Nickname
Rocky II (Leader of The Pride of Slippery Rock U)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
215 - 7%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
207 - 5%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 65
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 20
Cross Country/Track: 37
Other Sports: 106
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 73%
Basketball: 25%
Baseball: 80%
Cross Country/Track: 25%
Other Sports: 61%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Bodybuilding
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • In-line hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Outdoor club
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cornhole
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Free throw contest
  • Roller hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball (coed)
  • Table tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Aebersold Recreational Center (The ARC)
  • Edward R. Morrow Field House
  • Jack Critchfield Park
  • Jerry Bejbl Weight Training Center
  • N. Kerr Thompson Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Football, basketball (IMs)
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball, volleyball
School Spirit
Although Slippery Rock clothing and paraphernalia abound on campus and around town, the average SRU student is pretty apathetic when it comes to supporting his/her alma mater. Many of the sports programs have been going downhill in recent years, and you'd be hard-pressed to find even a handful of die-hard SRU sports fanatics.
Getting Tickets
All SRU students get free admission to all home games with a valid student ID. Students can easily get tickets right before a game. Only SRU homecoming games will sell out.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around campus-East Lake in particular

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 42% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 47% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 57 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 23% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 65% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 56 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 16% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 55% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
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