Athletics

Location
Riverside, CA
Undergrads
18,054
Tuition (in-state)
$35,838 ($12,960)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Athletics: The new gym should be adequate to accommodate the increasing number of enrolled students.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our sport teams do not win a lot, but people still support them. There are not many people attending sport events, except for soccer, which is great.

3 College Junior

Athletics: It is generally a hit or miss with school sports. Some people really seem to be into school spirit and fan support but most really don't pay much attention. Team performance is generally average to a little above average if we are being optimistic but it is not enough to rally an entire school behind a team sport.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: If you go to a game, it is an enjoyable experience.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't participate so I would not know.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 898th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1120th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
Hometown
Riverside
Major
English
Grad Year
2013
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UCR doesn't have a football team; thus, there is nothing that resembles the typical image of college sports fans, even for the relatively popular basketball and soccer teams. The last time the University fielded a football team was in the '70s, a fact that has become an inside joke through the selling of T-shirts that read: “UCR Football—Undefeated Since 1975." Support for athletics is on the rise, however, since UCR moved to Division I in 2000, and the top-notch quality of the athletic facilities reflects this.

Basketball is easily the most popular varsity sport, but intramural sports are equally well-liked and enjoyed. The Greek community especially gets into the school spirit by having an annual sports week of its own. Officially, all sports team members are called Highlanders, but the name is affectionately used for any and all supporters. Overall, sports are not as big at UCR compared to other UC schools, but it's a great place to attend for those who enjoy playing IM sports.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Big West Conference
School Colors
Sky blue and gold
School Nickname
Highlanders
Men Playing Varsity Sports
131 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
144 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Karate
  • Kendo
  • Rugby
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Surfing
  • Taekwondo
  • Volleyball (women's)
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Run n shoot
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Amy S. Harrison Softball Field
  • Residence hall gyms
  • Riverside Sports Complex
  • Student Recreation Center Tennis Courts
  • UCR Soccer Stadium
  • UCR Student Recreation Center
  • UCR Track & Field Complex
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, soccer, volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Tennis, track and field, softball
School Spirit
Over the years, UCR school spirit has become increasingly stronger. Although UCR does not have a football team, a number of students stand strong behind the basketball team and attend the games. Recently, a promotion for school spirit was started: "Show Your Pride for R'Side." Every Wednesday, students are encouraged to wear an article of clothing with a UCR emblem to show off their support for UCR.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are easy to obtain and range from $4 to $10, depending on the game. Season tickets range from $100 to $150. For ticket information, call (951) 827-4653.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Tour the UCR Botanic Gardens or hike to the "C."
Did You Know?
In 1954, when UCR opened its doors, the student body began a quest to find the right mascot for the new campus. A write-in campaign led by the men's basketball team suggested the name "Hylanders," which was adjusted to its current spelling-"Highlanders"-and won easily when brought to a student vote.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 115 responses

  • 13% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 57% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 28% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 115 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 50% 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.
  • 27% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 116 responses

  • 14% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 28% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 56% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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