Boulder, CO
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4 College Junior

Athletics: There is big school spirit and a healthy rivalry between CU and the nearby CSU

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1 College Senior

Athletics: Football team sucks, basketball is ok.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is, of course, a lot of support for the boys' basketball and football teams; however, the girls don't have many fans. Also, club sports are looking for more funding and support in the student government. Being in a club sport myself, I have witnessed how we often tend to get the short end of the stick.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit is strong at CU, even though the teams are not always so good.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics at school are great, the mens and women basketball team are amazing and the students are really involved the interdependence of both sides are phenomenal. The team delivers and the fans support. the school spirit is great. All athletic facilities have already or are in the process of being rebuilt.


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  • 113rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 327th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Littleton, CO
International Affairs
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Some students come to CU passionately anticipating the football season. Others are left with no choice and eventually succumb to the efforts of others. Even if you don't share the initial desire to paint yourself in yellow and cheer on the Buffaloes, there is a high probability that you will be swooped into the school spirit which flourishes at CU. Yet, if standing among a crowd of loyal football fans fails to entice you, there are a number of other athletic possibilities at CU, ranging from a top ski team to intramural ultimate Frisbee. Boulder itself is considered one of the most active towns in America, so there are many opportunities to get involved in on and off campus.

While it remains evident that the majority of students enjoy participating as both athletes and spectators, there is still a significant portion of students who are happy without getting involved. These students either enjoy academics or countless other activities available within Boulder. They can be found studying in a number of local coffee shops, or taking a light jog through the Boulder Creek Path. Skiers and avid snowboarders also prefer to spend their Saturday mornings following or forging trails through the mountains.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Pacific-10 Conference
Basketball: Pacific-10 Conference
School Nickname
Ralphie the Buffalo
Men Playing Varsity Sports
144 - 1%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
188 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Fly fishing
  • Ice Hockey (men's and women's)
  • Kayak
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball (women's)
  • Swimming and diving
  • Synchronized skating
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis (coed)
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling (men's)
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
Student Recreation Center (The Rec)
Most Popular Sports
Given the team's acclaimed recognition, men's NCAA Division I football remains the most anticipated season, while men's and women's varsity basketball remain second.
Most Overlooked Teams
CU's club sports are some of the most successful in the country. The mountain biking team has won a number of national championships. The men's rowing, baseball, and volleyball teams are also successful.
School Spirit
There's something about the University of Colorado that makes students and alumni act in strange ways. Naturally, when freshmen step foot on campus, they feel lost and somewhat unsettled. Their instincts tell them, "Hurry up and fit in!" They rush to the nearest bookstore and purchase as many things as possible embroidered with the CU name. Yet, while freshmen undoubtedly outdo the remainder of the student body when it comes to displaying their pride, throughout the football season, University spirit is at its highest. At the highly-anticipated home games, it is not uncommon to find fans painted head to toe in CU colors, with buffalo horns on their heads. Throughout the years, girls at CU have also managed to make an unofficial fashion show out of their Colorado gear. Recently, female students have applied the trend of cutting, and then sometimes re-sewing, CU T-shirts together, which makes dressing up for games anything but routine. In addition, older alumni travel from all over the United States to set up their tailgaiting parties. Those who can't make the trip to the games simply stay glued to their TV sets at home. Yes, it can be said that something about this university makes us act in less than formal ways. What it is, we can't exactly say. The only answer you may receive is: together, we will forever remain loyal Buffaloes.
Getting Tickets
Season Tickets are $110 for student tickets for football only and $130 for all athletics. Tickets are $20 a ticket and an extra $10 fee if you print them out rather than just using your Buff One card to get into the game.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Boulder Creek Path, campus, Chataqua Park

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 111 responses

  • 9% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 61% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 110 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 20% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 51% 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 popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 111 responses

  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 25% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 61% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 11% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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