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College Junior

Athletics: I have yet to see the look of the sports image on campus.

3 College Senior

Athletics: We are loyal to our football team.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Varsity sports are on the rise at Texas State University, and have been the last couple years. The Student Recreation center is one of the best and biggest in the country, with top notch facilities and workout equipment, spoiling the students who use them.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are a nice outlet here, although you can go all four years without ever going to a game, they exist. the most talked about sport would have to be rugby though.

2 College Senior

Athletics: I would say school spirit is not that great here. There are some nice athletic facilities but I do not participate or am interested in sport activities. They spend a lot of money on the athletic facilities. Not something I really agree with personally.


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  • 89th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 142nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

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Nate Stanley
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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Football at Texas State is probably the biggest sporting event. In fact, in 2010, Texas State announced its entry into a bigger conference: the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Tailgating at the football games is always a big hit. Doubters of Texas State school spirit should head on over to a tailgating party and prepare to be proven wrong! Tons of students, parents, and fans come to show off their Bobcat pride, as well as enjoy the free live music and great barbecue. 

If varsity sports aren't your thing, then intramural sports are always taking place on various athletic fields around campus and inside the Student Recreation Center. Texas State offers a variety of IM sports (even dodgeball), and anyone can join a team. Texas State also has some club sports, but these teams are slightly harder to join. Texas State sports facilities are all top-notch, well-kept, and entirely accessible to students. Besides running outdoors around campus, the student body's favorite place to exercise is the Student Rec Center.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Sun Belt Conference
Basketball: Sun Belt Conference
School Colors
Maroon and old gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
264 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
175 - 1%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 89
Basketball: 31
Baseball: 39
Cross Country/Track: 73
Other Sports: 84
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 60%
Basketball: 50%
Baseball: 60%
Cross Country/Track: 92%
Other Sports: 67%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • BassCats
  • Cycling
  • Disc golf
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Swim
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate disc (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Water skiing
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Athletic Academic Center
  • Bobcat Baseball Ballpark
  • Bobcat Softball Stadium
  • Darren B. Casey Athletic Administration Complex
  • End Zone Complex at Bobcat Stadium
  • Fields West Side Complex
  • Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium
  • Soccer Complex
  • Strahan Coliseum
  • Student Recreation Center
  • Tennis Complex
Most Popular Sports
Three of the most popular sports on campus are baseball, football, and rugby.
Most Overlooked Teams
Some of the more overlooked sports at Texas State are: archery, softball, and water polo.
School Spirit
School spirit is somewhat lacking at Texas State, as far as sports are concerned. While school spirit isn't always apparent, during home games, lots of students, faculty, and fans come to support the various Bobcat sports teams. Tailgating is the ultimate school spirit event; you will definitely want to check that out.
Getting Tickets
Getting tickets for sporting events is fairly easy. You can do it at the ticket kiosks or online in advance. Plus, students get in to all sporting events going on during the season for free. On average, ticket gates open one to 1.5 hours in advance of the game, depending on the sport. Check out the premium tickets, as well-where you get to hang out in a newly-built VIP lounge that overlooks the football field.
Best Place to Take a Walk
There are about five parks in San Marcos where anyone can walk around beautiful, scenic trails-some along the San Marcos River. And if it's raining, lots of students like to take advantage of the Rec Center's spacious indoor tracks.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 216 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 41% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 55% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 216 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 67% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 18% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 216 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 23% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 40% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 35% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).



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