Irvine, CA
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4 College Junior

Athletics: Ive gone to the gym on campus and its really quite something. I think i really like it. I say this because I've been going for 3 months there now and something just keeps me coming back.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I personally don't follow or get involved with athletics on campus...

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Even though we don't have a football team, we still root for the teams we've got especially since we've made it to national standings in a number of them.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: If you're an athlete, athletics are a huge deal on campus and the community is actively involved. It is otherwise hit or miss with the general student body.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The intramural program are one of the best I have participated in, but this is me being biased, since I haven't experienced any other colleges programs.


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  • 1151st
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1233rd
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hawthorne, CA
Business Economics
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Unlike at other more sports-oriented campuses around Southern California—UCLA, USC, San Diego—being a student athlete at UCI is an ambiguous honor. Despite IM sports being on the rise at other universities nationwide, some UCI students could care less. The others either participate in IMs or don’t know they exist—it’s very possible to be athletically ignorant on this campus. Both the men’s basketball and baseball teams are gaining in popularity, but they pale in comparison to nationally ranked schools, such as USC and UCLA. There also seems to be a bit of buzz going on about the school’s golf teams. The ARC is frequently filled to capacity, but many UCI students view exercising as a hobby rather than a sport. There is no football or ice hockey teams, so the fall quarter here isn’t as exciting as it is at other schools. Generally, sports come very much after academics and even other extracurricular activities at UCI. Thus, if you are very interested in sports and attending large sporting events, then UCI is not a good choice.

With an anteater for a mascot, UCI’s student body almost takes a masochistic pleasure in its general apathy and ignorance of student sports. You can’t get a much more docile mascot than an anteater, and “docile” seems to sum up the overall student attitude about sports here at UCI­—rather, that’s what you would say if you were one of the few who paid attention to sports here.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Big West Conference
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
179 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
154 - 1%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Japanese karate
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Orienteering
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's)
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Surfing
  • Table tennis
  • Tae kwon do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's, women's)
  • Water polo (men's, women's)
  • Wrestling
  • Wushu
  • Arena soccer
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Football
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Reverse volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Speed soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Anteater Recreational Center (ARC)
  • Aquatics Complex
Most Popular Sports
On the varsity level, the baseball, basketball, men's water polo, and volleyball teams are the most popular on campus, but that is still not saying much. Although the IM sports have been gaining some momentum lately, they still can't beat the old favorites.
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's and women's golf
School Spirit
Without any major sports team to lead the way, and losing out on prestige to LA and Berkeley, it takes a few years for students to really start feeling any school spirit. Once they get past that stage of wearing sweatshirts from rival schools and adjust to the Ivy League street names, they realize that hey, UCI isn't such a bad place to be. Granted, with little to do outside of UCI, students sort of adapt their sensibilities to the surrounding University and start to like it. After a bit, you'll start to notice more UCI logos among your classmates as the years progress, showing that, although not vocal, the UCI spirit is still somewhat visible.
Getting Tickets
Don't worry about there being a line outside of any UCI sporting events. There usually isn't one. Although UCI has been gaining national recognition in its intercollegiate varsity sports like baseball, basketball, and volleyball it has yet to gain much recognition from its own students.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Aldrich Park

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 152 responses

  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 14% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 57% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 22% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 154 responses

  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 52% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 23% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 153 responses

  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 69% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 25% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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