Athletics

Location
Orlando, FL
Undergrads
36,775
Tuition (in-state)
$22,345 ($6,247)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Athletics: football is a big part of life in the fall. So much fun to tailgate

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Student are welcome but not pressured to join intramural/ club/ varsity sports. The football team performed very well this past season and are expected to get better. Student at UCF have always been supportive but are getting more into the games as the UCF teams get better. School spirit is growing and it is becoming increasingly more fun to attend UCF sporting events. The UCF rec center is extremely large and very well kept. It has plenty of equpment for athletes and the normal student body to use. There are many fields and courts for students in all sports to practice and get better.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Unfortunately, I have not payed much attention to the sports on campus. But I am aware of the amazing gym that we have.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Big on sports with big fans and huge general athletic involvement.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are a big part of college especially since we won the last bowl game football is on everyones mind. Intramural sports are only important to those you are participating in the sport and their friends besides that only football, basketball, and baseball take over.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 63rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 123rd
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nathalie Desdunes
Hometown
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Major
Marketing
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While most students couldn't tell you a thing about the athletes at UCF, they definitely could talk your ear off about their tailgating experiences. Students anticipate the football season and the tailgating parties that precede the games. The drinking and partying that takes place on the field outside the stadium often prevents students from actually attending the football game itself due to their high levels of intoxication. This is a problem that UCF officials and UCF administration are trying to correct.

The attendance at games is poor for all sports. UCF lacks spirit probably due to the fact that the school isn't ranked that high in popular sports such as basketball and football. But they have the ability to improve, and they're doing so every year. The baseball team is actually really good at UCF, as are the cheerleading squad and the Ultimate Frisbee team. For dedicated UCF fans, there are teams out there worth cheering for. Students who partake in IM sports enjoy the competitive atmosphere and like forming teams with their friends.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Conference USA
Basketball: Conference USA
School Colors
Black and gold
School Nickname
A knight named Knightro
Men Playing Varsity Sports
214 - 1%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
191 - 1%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 86
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 34
Cross Country/Track: 47
Other Sports: 162
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 46%
Basketball: 33%
Baseball: 33%
Cross Country/Track: 29%
Other Sports: 54%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Butokukan
  • Crew
  • Cuong Nhu
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Ice hockey
  • Kendo
  • Kiteboarding
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Rock climbing
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Surf
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bocce ball
  • Bowling
  • Cornhole
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Kickball
  • Mini-golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weightlifting
  • Wiffleball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bright House Networks Stadium
  • Jay Bergman Field
  • Lake Pickett
  • Nicholson Fieldhouse
  • Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Rio Pinar Country Club
  • Stoneybrook Golf Club
  • UCF Arena
  • UCF Golf Practice Facility
  • UCF Intercollegiate Rowing Center
  • UCF Softball Complex
  • UCF Tennis Complex
  • UCF Track and Soccer Complex
  • The Venue and UCF Basketball Practice Facility
  • Wayne Densch Sports Center
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, basketball, football
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's rugby, the cheerleading team, and IM ultimate Frisbee, as well as the men's crew club, which has won more state championships than any other UCF team.
School Spirit
Every fall semester, UCF has a designated week called Spirit Week. The week ends with the homecoming football game. Each night of Spirit Week, a different event takes place. An outdoor movie is shown on campus ground in front of the Arena one night. Another night, a well-known comedian (Dave Attell and Bill Maher have performed in the past) usually performs in the arena, often accompanied by a popular band (Busta Rhymes and 311 have played in the past). A skit night/competition is held in the arena (dominated by Greek organizations) during the week, as well.

The highlight of Spirit Week is "Spirit Splash." On this one ccasion, students are permitted to jump into the Reflection Pond. Special preparation goes into this event, and thousands of students join in the fun and jump in the fountain while a band plays in the background. A pep rally hypes up the crowd for the homecoming game. A parade is held before the big game, complete with many decorated floats. Many of the floats are built by UCF students that are members of a fraternity or sorority. Spirit Week is a blast! Be sure to get a free T-shirt with the homecoming theme printed on it. T-shirts are given out throughout the week.
Getting Tickets
All UCF students get into athletic events for free with their school IDs. For non-students, there is a TicketMaster on campus or you can order them on-line off the UCF Web site. Tickets are reasonably priced from $5-$15.
Best Place to Take a Walk
If you like woods, then you're in luck-there are miles of trails on UCF's property that aren't developed. If you're not the woods type and are just looking for eye candy, then walk from the student union to the gym. This takes you past the meal plan, so you can also see if there is anything good on the menu.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 1,086 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 60% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 33% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 1,086 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 24% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 45% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 31% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 1,086 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 21% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 69% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 9% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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