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Dallas, TX
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$41,750
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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Now that SMU Basketball is a thing, SMU's spirit towards sports has skyrocketed. People barely make it through the first half of the football games because they're too drunk from Boulevarding (our version of tailgating). Volleyball games, track meets, golf, etc. aren't really all that popular on campus, either. They're there, but they don't have the full house attendance that Moody Magic does.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: During football season, Boulevarding attendance is considerably higher than game attendance. Basketball games this past year were packed. Other sports do not see much attendance.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our football is a joke, BUT our basketball team did fantastic this year! With the renovation of Moody almost every game was sold out and people camped out for tickets. The hype of the games is amplified by the small environment and everyones excitement at finally being good at a sport on SMU's campus.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Basketball is growing, but the football team is still suffering from the NCAA penalties of the 90's

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Intramurals: The only intramurals that matter are Greek league. The regular league isn't fun, it's actually pretty sad. That being said, Greek league intramurals aren't a huge deal. There's minimal bragging rights to being Greek league champ.

Dedman gym is really nice. Everything is brand new and well kept. The weight room is dominated by total meat heads, so if you aren't really into lifting and decide to try it one day, you will feel like an idiot. The cardio area is all sorority girls, so definitely head down and check it out sometime. But don't actually do cardio. Just watch.

SMU is pretty apathetic about all sports except basketball. We have the best basketball atmosphere in the country. If you're offended by racial slurs or general trash talk, you will hate the basketball games. Greeks dominate the stands and get very loud. Football games are very boring and no one really goes. Boulevarding before the game is the best pregame experience in the country though. The fraternities set up tents and have music and beer. If you aren't in Greek life, Boulevarding probably isn't as much fun.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 206th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 673rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Peter Goldschmidt
Hometown
Jefferson City, MO
Major
Financial Consulting
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SMU is still attempting to recover from the football saga of 1987, where the NCAA punished SMU's football team with the "death penalty," sanctioning the team for one year. SMU has had several setbacks within the past two decades. The school has joined the Western Athletic Conference, changed coaches, and moved to a new stadium. Recently, SMU saw its first win in the fourth game of the season and experienced the ritual of taking down the goal posts for the first time. This may seem a bit overdramatic for other schools that are used to going home happy, but for SMU, it was a milestone. Faith in the team and attendance may finally have a chance.

Where there's a will, there's a way . . . well, maybe to tailgate incessantly. SMU is home to some of the top teams in the nation, yet the majority of students would rather check out the weekend bar specials than actually go to a sporting event. In the past, some of the school's athletes competed in the Olympics. It is surprising that the athletes are doing so well, because if they were to look up into the stands, they might become discouraged by such a low turnout. Football only stands a chance because there is somewhat of a pre-party before the game with tailgating. Maybe if $1 beer specials were offered to students at all sporting events, the attendance would not be so depressing. The ability to be a sports-oriented school is on the tips of the students' fingers, but SMU is still waiting for the students to rise to the occasion.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Conference USA
Basketball: Conference USA
School Nickname
Mustangs
Men Playing Varsity Sports
214 - 8%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
198 - 6%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Mr. and Mrs. SMU Body Building Championship
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Wakeboarding
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
Dedman Center
Most Popular Sports
If tailgating could be considered a varsity sport, it would be the most populated and all-time favorite event of the general student body. Football generally receives the highest attendance by students, especially since tailgating precedes the game. All the other sports tend to have their regular followers, but their attendance is nowhere near that of football's.
Most Overlooked Teams
The soccer team, along with the swimming and diving team, do not receive the attention they deserve. Both have been ranked within the top 25 teams in the nation, and they improve every year. However, many students still choose not to attend.
School Spirit
Students may not be able to recite and sing the "Pony Battle Cry," but they can tell you about several of the top programs in the nation and how worthwhile it is to attend SMU. School spirit may be mediocre most of the time, but after SMU wins a football game, there are cheery faces all over campus for quite a while. The milestone for most people is that SMU has won at least one game. Slowly but steadily, SMU is on its way to possible mediocrity in terms of football, however, school spirit needs to rise a few notches. Students are proud to say that they attend SMU when applying for internships and jobs because the name bears more than athletic apathy. Nothing can stop SMU students from gathering to celebrate; this is evident in most of the large social events on campus.
Getting Tickets
Student tickets are unnecessary for most sporting events, such as swimming or diving meets and soccer games. For basketball and football games, a student ticket can be obtained at the actual event or at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg. All tickets and sporting events are free for students. If you have a friend coming to town, it is easy to get them a free ticket as well. Go to the Mane Desk or the ticket office at the event.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Katy Trail, White Rock Lake, SMU (thanks to the plethora of greenery), residential neighborhoods surrounding the school.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 62 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 3% 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.
  • 31% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 59 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 37% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 27% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 61% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 34% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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