Iowa City, IA
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$26,279 ($8,057)
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5 College Student

Athletics: Both the on and off campus community fully support and show up for college athletic events and competitions and it is widely accepted and embraced though not the MOST important part of the educational experience.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The students who do care about athletics are very supportive and love going to events.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics is pretty big here, whether you are a spectator or a player.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: This year I attended many basketball and football games and loved the atmosphere and everything about it. Tailgating is very popular here and the fan base is huge.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Iowa has great school spirit. You can see it most profoundly during football season but year round everyone is proud to be a Hawkeye.

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  • 36th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 926th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kelly McPhee
Naperville, IL
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All sports have a following around the UI campus, but none as big as football. The wrestling program is known as one of the best in the nation. In fact, UI attendance records have been set at wrestling meets in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The men’s basketball team also plays in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena, but student support is dwindling after several disappointing seasons. Intramurals are quite extensive at UI. There are dozens of sports offered, so there’s generally something available for everyone. Most IM sports have two leagues: a competitive league and a more recreational one. Anyone of any skill level can get involved in intramurals, and many use them to fill the void left by high school athletics.

Overall, athletic programs are the center of non-academic life at UI. Sports are always chatted about amongst friends, and it is rare that you’ll go to a house party or a bar without hearing somebody talk about an Iowa team. Hawkeye teams are rarely at the bottom of the standings, and when they are, it’s never for long. With no professional sports teams within any reasonable distance, UI not only provides sports entertainment for the student body, but for the entire state, as well.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Ten Conference
Basketball: Big Ten Conference
School Colors
Black and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
331 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
319 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 90
Basketball: 30
Baseball: 40
Cross Country/Track: 50
Other Sports: 216
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 53%
Basketball: 43%
Baseball: 40%
Cross Country/Track: 67%
Other Sports: 69%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Bass fishing
  • Bowling
  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu
  • Broomball
  • Capoeira
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Hapkido
  • Ice hockey (Ice Hawks)
  • Japan karate-do
  • Kum do
  • Lacrosse
  • Olympic wrestling
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Scuba
  • Soccer
  • Sportsman
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathalon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Waterskiing
  • 5K run/walk
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bean bags
  • Bench press
  • Bowling
  • Darts and billiards
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Mini-golf
  • Punt, pass, kick
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor)
  • Softball
  • Sports trivia
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (indoor, sand)
  • Wiffleball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • The Field House
  • Fitness East
Most Popular Sports
The most popular sport on campus is, by far, football. Basketball is also very popular around campus. The students reside in the Hawks Nest of Caver-Hawkeye Arena to cheer on the Hawkeyes. Wrestling also has a strong following at UI-some would even call UI the Mecca of collegiate wrestling.
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball-lately they have been dominating!
School Spirit
School spirit is very dominant on Iowa's campus. Students can often be seen wearing clothes with the Iowa logo, and, of course, sports and activities are very popular and have a high level of participation. Beyond this, however, the city tends to cater to UI and lends its support in many different ways, not the least of which is a great atmosphere and a positive attitude toward the University and its students.
Getting Tickets
The best way to get tickets is through the University box-office. They send out e-mails when season tickets go on sale for football and basketball. They also have single game tickets available for students. The price of a ticket is not too steep-right in line with most major colleges-but your best bet is to buy season tickets.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Anywhere around campus, especially around the river. Downtown is another good spot to provide a break from the monotony of running. Iowa City also offers several nature trails, but they are a good distance from the heart of campus.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 105 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 3% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 68% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 29% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 105 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 36% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 52% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 11% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 104 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 7% 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.
  • 33% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.



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