Athletics

Location
Fayetteville, AR
Undergrads
17,799
Tuition (in-state)
$18,434 ($7,554)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The students and the staff are all huge fans of Arkansas athletics and when there is a sport being played, the campus is involved 110%.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Football is very big and a lot of people get into soccer but there isn't much else.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics are pretty good. We're known for football, basketball, and baseball. Football could be better but it will take time. Basketball and baseball are pretty good. Fans really only support those three sports that bring in any money.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletes and different sports teams get just about everything they need or want. Instead of building more parking spots for students, or making it easier for students to park on campus, the athletic department builds yet another unnecessary training facility. Every sports game (football and basketball) we have to move our cars or we get towed. Sometimes we forget and as broke college students, $50 tickets take a lot out of our pockets. We either buy the cheap permit and make up for the cost in parking tickets or we buy the resident reserved permits that are very expensive.

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Recovering from Bobby Petrino scandal/embarrassment

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 13th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 496th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jordan Grummer
Hometown
Sherwood
Major
Print Journalism
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If sports at the University of Arkansas were a solar system, football would be the sun. The whole state rallies around Razorback sports, in general, but nothing gets the meat in the seats like football. The student section, which has an upper and lower section with about 10,000 reserved seats combined, tends to only get full for the bigger games. The sections are indicative of how much a student cares about the game—those in the upper section might get to the game in the second quarter and then leave at half-time to keep drinking, while those in the lower section are usually there for the game. Only the biggest night or afternoon games will boast a full student section. Meanwhile, the crowds at Bud Walton Arena for basketball games can get insanely loud. With about 20,000 seats, it's one of the biggest on-campus basketball arenas in the country, but lately attendance has been down as the team rebuilds.

Baseball is one of the most easily accessible and fun Razorback athletic events to attend as a student. It's free, and you're allowed to bring a cooler filled with adult beverages. The area for students is large, and most people that go tend to spend more time at the ice chest than watching the baseball team. Underage drinking seems to be perfectly OK at baseball games. There are several cops posted there, but they won't say anything as long as your drink is in a cup; they could arrest about a third of the students there for underage drinking.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southeastern Conference
Basketball: Southeastern Conference
School Colors
Cardinal red and white
School Nickname
Razorbacks or Hogs/Tusk
Men Playing Varsity Sports
255 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
195 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 96
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 35
Cross Country/Track: 66
Other Sports: 116
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 36%
Basketball: 20%
Baseball: 33%
Cross Country/Track: 55%
Other Sports: 65%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Ballroom/Latin dance
  • Bass fishing
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Climbing
  • Disc golf
  • Fencing
  • Fly fishing
  • Ice hockey (men's)
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Officials Club
  • Paintball
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby (men's)
  • Skeet shooting
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water ski
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Disc golf
  • Golf
  • HALO
  • Racquetball
  • Sand volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Agri Park Cross Country
  • Arkansas Natatorium
  • Barnhill Arena
  • Baum Stadium
  • Bogle Park
  • Bud Walton Arena
  • Dills Indoor Tennis Courts
  • Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
  • George M. Billingsley Tennis Center
  • John McDonnell Field
  • Randal Tyson Track Center
  • Razorback Field
  • Smith Golf Practice Facility
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, basketball, football
Most Overlooked Teams
Track and field is the most overlooked. No one cares that they've won more than 40 national championships in indoor and outdoor track and cross country. Girls' sports in general (especially basketball) don't receive the respect that other teams do on campus.
School Spirit
The student body goes all out for Razorback games. Some of the more extreme fans will camp out for the bigger games. There is usually a pep rally before every game at the Greek Theater. The stadium holds as many people as the population of the whole city of Fayetteville, so the effect on the campus is impressive, to say the least.
Getting Tickets
Football tickets are dirt cheap at a dollar a game. They go quickly, so get to the ticket office as soon as you get to campus if you want them. Little Rock game tickets go on sale a couple of weeks later. Students are given a voucher which they have to redeem for a ticket on the week of that game. Basketball tickets are a little more expensive (more than $100 for the whole season), but you can also buy several different packages that are about $20.
Pretty much everything else is free for students, with baseball being the most popular.
Best Place to Take a Walk
There are lots of trails around Fayetteville and the campus. Wilson Park is right next to campus, and it is always filled with students. The square is also right off Dickson Street and is nice to walk through at Christmastime. Overall, the entire campus is beautiful, with huge, old trees sprinkled throughout the area.
Did You Know?
Arkansas' baseball attendance consistently ranks in the top five in the country, and at 2010's NCAA Regionals, Baum Stadium led the nation in attendance.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 124 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 3% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 62% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 35% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 124 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 21% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 63% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 16% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 123 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 48% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 38% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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