Athletics

Location
Gainesville, FL
Undergrads
30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Senior

Athletics: Literally, nothing beats UF Athletics

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love going to basketball and football games. Along with that, our gym facilities are top notch with a lot of awesome new equipment and large areas for use. The athletics here are great.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: At the University of Florida there is a giant fan base. Most fans are average, they love their school and their colors. However, there are some extremists that ruin the name for everyone else. There have been people who have tipped cars, been in fights, and some have even shot and killed other fans. I love being a Florida Gator, but there are times it just goes too far.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: One of my favorite aspects of UF is the athletics. Sports are such a huge part of everyday life, though having some off years (like last season in football,) UF is proudly home to some of the best varsity sports teams in the nation- such as our football and basketball team. Our gymnastics team is also highly successful, and is gaining more and more popularity. Even students who don't know a thing about sports coming into college, leave with a passion for it- or at least an understanding of the rules. The school spirit is some of the best in the nation thanks to our athletics department.

4 College Junior

Athletics: School spirit is definitely a big part of the campus life and the sport facilities are constantly cleaned and maintained to their highest quality for the fans

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 2nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 117th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Kirschner
Hometown
Bronx, NY
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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Gainesville has recently become synonymous with winning national championships, both in basketball and football. Winning has become a pastime for Gators, and football takes over everything in the fall. Even if you come here knowing nothing about it, you will be very familiar with football by the time you leave. Definitely go to a game to experience what it feels like to bop out of the stadium after a home victory, with you and 90,000 of your closest friends all chanting, “It’s great to be a Florida Gator!” so loudly your ears buzz. If you’re not converted after that, well, you can always head for the hills on game day and come back when the smoke clears.

For those of you who don’t just like to watch sports, UF makes it easy to get involved. You can get an intramural team together yourself or sign up as a “free agent” on a men’s team, women’s team, coed team, or graduate/faculty/staff team, depending of course on your wishes and your University classification. Despite the fact that they often require members to help pay for traveling and so on, club sports are also extremely popular here—sponsors try hard to keep fees low, and anyway, how else are you gonna get involved with badminton on a competitive basis? However, as cool as IM/club sports are, they will always be a little overshadowed by the varsity sports.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southeastern Conference
Basketball: Southeastern Conference
School Colors
Orange and blue
School Nickname
Gators
Men Playing Varsity Sports
283 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
231 - 1%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 89
Basketball: 23
Baseball: 44
Cross Country/Track: 61
Other Sports: 202
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 35%
Basketball: 75%
Baseball: 27%
Cross Country/Track: 71%
Other Sports: 76%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cuong Nhu
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Ice hockey
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Rock climbing
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Skimboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Underwater hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Wakeboard
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cornhole
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Street hockey
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alfred A. McKethan Stadium
  • Ben Hill Griffin Stadium ("the Swamp")
  • Donald R. Dizney Stadium
  • Florida Basketball Practice Complex
  • James G. Pressly Stadium
  • Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
  • Lemerand Athletic Center
  • Linder Stadium
  • Mark Bostick Golf Course
  • Percy Beard Track
  • Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball, football
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, softball, women's tennis, track and field, volleyball
School Spirit
On the whole, UF students could not be more excited about their alma mater. The University of Tennessee football game in September, Homecoming in early November, and the Florida State University football game in late November are especially fun (and quite insane) times for showing school devotion, but any day is a good day for a Gator shirt or ball cap, both of which can be seen all over campus. In fact, just about everybody around here seems rather invested in the Gators-have you ever heard of an entire county closing the schools one day each year so the students can march in a University Homecoming parade? Alachua County does, and when you see the gigantic parade, you know they could never leave those orange-and-blue-bleeding kids out of it.
Getting Tickets
If you don't have football season tickets, prepare to dish out more than your week's allowance for some-if you're lucky enough to find a spare ticket in "TitleTown." Season tickets for football become available through a lottery-based system during the summer. They are the only tickets students have to pay for and are around $80 for the season. If you can't snag a coveted season ticket, your next option is to go to Gatorzone.com, UF's Ticketmaster-like website, every Thursday before a home game. However, be prepared for major delays and the website crashing since thousands of other kids will be doing the same as you. If you're lucky enough to get a ticket through the site, you then have to go and pick it up at the student ticket office at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Friday. Note: go with whomever you want to sit next to because the tickets are assigned in the order they are picked up. Men's basketball games are sometimes difficult to get tickets for, too. But, for any of the sporting events on campus besides football, students only need to show their Gator card at the gate.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The entire campus is perfect for walking, but it's more interesting if you stay out of the vast, less active Southwestern section and closer to the academic buildings and dorms where there are people around.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 341 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 41% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 53% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 341 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 10% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 68% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 340 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 5% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 51% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 44% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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