Athletics

Location
Lawrence, KS
Undergrads
17,130
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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College Freshman

Athletics: I do not use the facilities but they seem nice

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are huge at KU, the rec center is great but it gets pretty crowded, could be bigger.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: If you go to KU, expect to cheer for KU

College Freshman

Athletics: I know we have a really good basketball program, but I don't know too much about the overall academic program.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Ku basketball is pretty much the main thing to talk about on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 23rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 960th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Hometown
Overland Park, KS
Major
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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For KU students, men’s basketball tickets are about as priceless as the Hope Diamond. With its rich tradition and success, the basketball team is a national powerhouse and closely followed and adored by life-long fans. KU is in the Big 12 Conference, which is one of the premier sports conferences in America, with rivals like Missouri, Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Texas. Basketball is also a popular intramural sport, and during the winter months, the Rec Center is buzzing with pick-up games.

Other sports on campus may not receive as much fanfare, but the football program is gaining in popularity. The team has a good coach, who has led the Jayhawks to win consecutive bowl games for the first time in KU history. KU has always been a basketball school, but it's now a football school, as well. Athletic director Lew Perkins is regarded as one of the finest in the U.S., which is a great sign for the future of other athletic teams at KU. Intramural sports are a big part of the University, as well. The highlight of winning an intramural championship is earning the coveted IM championship T-shirt.

 

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Twelve Conference
Basketball: Big Twelve Conference
School Colors
Crimson and blue
School Nickname
Jayhawk
Men Playing Varsity Sports
277 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
287 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 90
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 32
Cross Country/Track: 57
Other Sports: 171
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 50%
Basketball: 67%
Baseball: 38%
Cross Country/Track: 70%
Other Sports: 71%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Kumdo/Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Racquetball
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's, women's)
  • Volleyball (women's)
  • Wakeboarding
  • Waterskiing
Intramurals
  • 5K
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Quickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Video game night
  • Volleyball (sand, indoor)
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Allen Field House
  • Anderson Family Football Complex
  • Anderson Family Strength Center
  • Anschutz Pavilion
  • Arrocha Ballpark
  • Hoglund Ballpark
  • Horeisi Family Athletics Center
  • Jayhawk Soccer Complex
  • Jayhawk Tennis Facility
  • McCarthy Family Clubhouse
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Robinson Gymnasium
  • Robinson Natatorium
  • Rowing Boathouse
  • Student Recreation Center
Most Popular Sports
KU has long been known as a basketball school, and people all around the state and country look to KU for its consistently good basketball team. KU is definitely becoming more of a football school, too. KU has recently won consecutive bowl games.
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, women's basketball, and women's swimming and diving teams are always exciting to watch, even though they don't draw the biggest crowds.
School Spirit
School spirit is huge here. Students are very proud of the school, and you'll see Jayhawk apparel all over campus. The Jayhawk tradition is strong, and if you run into KU grads at any point in your life, you'll definitely have an instant bond to build off.
Getting Tickets
Many students buy the All-Sports Combination Package, which includes tickets for football and basketball tickets. But the package doesn't guarantee you a spot in the crowd-basketball tickets must be picked up at a certain time before they're sold out, otherwise it's too late.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Clinton Park, South Park, Watson Park
Did You Know?
  • The KU Men's Basketball team won the NCAA national championship in 2008.
  • In a five-year span, from 2003-08, the football team has made four bowl appearances, winning the last three: the Fort Worth Bowl, the FedEx Orange Bowl, and the Insight Bowl.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 113 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 8% 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.
  • 37% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 113 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 61% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 8% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 113 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 4% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 58% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 39% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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