Champaign, IL
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$28,664 ($14,522)
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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a club sport for everyone out there. Many perform well during tournaments and games and many recognize club sports as a great way to stay in shape and meet new people. Unlike other schools, many do not recognize our football team as a huge integral part of the UIUC athletics. Many more people would be seen going to a UIUC basketball game. However, UIUC has much school spirit, students are often wearing uiuc apparel during school days.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Our school athletics are pretty subpar compared to other big ten schools. We are not super competitive so I think that plays a role. Our students do however have a large amount of school spirit anyways and game days are always full of orange and blue.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The sports programs on campus are nationally renowned and often compete at a high level within collegiate organization. We often cheer on many of the sports team and are well supported by the alumni network as it brings together many generations of Illini for similar causes. The intramural program at UIUC is less than spectacular in organization but is well participated by students from all backgrounds. The programs could be developed to accommodate a longer season without inconveniencing those who do not participate. The capacity for these activities as well as the locations are more than suitable and have been well provided by the university.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: If you are looking for a college where athletics are equally or more important than academics, this University has it.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are very big at U of I. As seen from the RSO Illini Pride, there is a student section for every sport. The better the team does, the more students attend


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  • 34th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 644th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
Wilmette, Ill.
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Athletics at U of I are big, and people take sports very seriously. Whether they are spectators or participants in the game, nearly everyone on campus is interested in the outcome of the varsity sports teams. As far as basketball and football are concerned, you’ll find more students buzzing over those games than you will any other sport on campus. But this is a Division I school, so that’s expected. Intramural and club sports are also really big on campus, and they are a great way to meet people and have fun. The underwater hockey team, especially, is legendary for its crazy games. Even if you are not the best athlete you can surely find some sport that interests you through intramurals and clubs.

The gyms and playing fields are also big on campus, and some people say that they consider ARC one of their favorite hangouts. Of course, the real event here is football. People come to the games religiously, rain or snow. The Block I section is for the most dedicated fans. There, students dress in all orange and blue and hold signs to cheer on their team. The Illinettes also turn out for all the home games, and so it’s like a midday party. Even people who aren't that interested in football come out for the party atmosphere and school spirit. If you’re not a sports fan when you come to U of I, don’t be surprised if you graduate with a foam finger on your hand.


Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Ten Conference
Basketball: Big Ten Conference
School Colors
Orange and blue
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
305 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
203 - 1%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 85
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 24
Cross Country/Track: 49
Other Sports: 169
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 60%
Basketball: 57%
Baseball: 44%
Cross Country/Track: 40%
Other Sports: 76%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Competitive Cheerleading
  • Dance team
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Powerlifting
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball (fast pitch)
  • Synchronized ice skating
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Trap and skeet
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Underwater hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
  • Arboretum
  • ARC Pool
  • Armory
  • Assembly Hall
  • Atkins Tennis Center
  • Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE)
  • Complex Fields
  • Eichelberger Field
  • Freer Hall Pool
  • Golf Facilities
  • H.E. Kenney Gym
  • Huff Hall
  • Ice arena
  • Illini Grove
  • Illinois Field
  • Illinois Track & Soccer Stadium
  • Irwin Indoor Facility
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Outdoor Center Fields
  • Residence hall gyms
  • Ubben Basketball Complex
Most Popular Sports
There is a lot of interest in sports,especially football and basketball. The fate of these two teams is taken personally by students and community residents alike, and everyone goes to the games to support them and cheer them on, regardless of the weather.
Most Overlooked Teams
The women's tennis team has done very well in the past, however, the women tend to get overshadowed by the men's tennis team.
School Spirit
School spirit comes and goes in spurts. Everyone is very loyal during the first few weeks of the school year because they are all glad to be back and in good sprits. Then the winter wind starts blowing and none of us can figure out why we came to school here in the first place. When there is any work to be done, people are usually frustrated with being at college, but once the weekend starts, people don't really seem to mind. On the whole, though, everyone is usually happy with their college decision, and everyone always turns out to support the football team, no matter what the weather. If that isn't school spirit, then I don't know what is. Illini or bust.
Getting Tickets
It is usually easy to get tickets for sporting events, as long as it is not a big game. There is generally a good turnout, especially at the football and basketball games. Money is not an issue either, as you can get a good price with your student ID.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Allerton Park, Arboretum, or Japan House Gardens

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 194 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 53% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 39% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 193 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 31% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 48% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 21% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 196 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 14% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 70% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 16% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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