Coral Gables, FL
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5 College Freshman

Athletics: I think going to games is an essential part of the college experience

4 College Senior

Athletics: The games are a lot of fun, but the whole school doesn't revolve around sports like at the bigger state schools. The football arena being far from campus is a bit of a pain in the ass.

3 College Junior

Athletics: football games and tailgating are huge

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: It was not a big part of my campus life, but I heard from my friends that they are great.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities available are nice, and going to the sports events is free and a lot of fun.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 53rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 469th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sana Khan
Lauderhill, FL
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Although UM students might be lazy when it comes to academics, politics, or national events, one thing they take seriously is football. One thing that UM students treat religiously is football. God help you if you come in between a 'Cane and the TV if the game is on. It helps, of course, that UM has one of the most dominant college football programs in the country and that the team shows no sign of dropping out of the nation’s top tier. A true sign of a college student’s devotion is how early they’re willing to wake up for a game. For 12 p.m. games on Saturdays, students line up outside the gates of Dolphin Stadium as early as 8 a.m. to ensure good seats. By the mid-morning, the lines wind out into the parking lot. This is especially true for the big games against rivals like the University of Florida or Florida State University. Tickets to every UM sport are free to students, but not many people bother with anything but football, even though one of our former athletes took part in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Intramurals also play a big part in campus life. There’s a yearly competition between the residential colleges called Sportsfest, where teams from the dorms compete in dozens of games over a weekend. There are also intramurals during the fall and the spring, where the activity is dominated by fraternities, but can also include various other organizations. The IM games get pretty heated, especially in popular sports like flag football and basketball. Sportsfest is a fun way to compete against other dorms and other floors from within your building, and it also helps to build bonds between floormates. But the most important thing will always be the football team, proven by the funeral-like silence the day after any rare loss.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball: Atlantic Coast Conference
School Colors
Orange and green
School Nickname
Sebastion the Ibis
Men Playing Varsity Sports
215 - 5%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
247 - 5%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 81
Basketball: 24
Baseball: 20
Cross Country/Track: 38
Other Sports: 92
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 53%
Basketball: 29%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 100%
Other Sports: 70%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Body building/weightlifting
  • Bowling
  • Brazilina Jiu-Jitsu
  • Canes Outdoor Recreation Program
  • Dance
  • Dodgeball
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Rock climbing
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Scuba
  • Soccer
  • Softball (fastpitch)
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water polo
  • Whiffleball
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alex Rodriguez Park
  • Bank United Center
  • Cobb Stadium
  • GreenTree Practice Fields
  • Hecht Athletic Center
  • Hurricane Strength & Conditioning Center
  • IM Fields
  • James L. Knight Sports Complex
  • Neil Schiff Tennis Center
  • Norman Witten Student Union Pool
  • Ronald W. Shane Watersports Center
  • Sun Life Stadium
  • Wellness Center
Most Popular Sports
Football dominates every weekend during the season, with students spending Saturday afternoons supporting the team. The baseball team is also one of the country's best, but it doesn't get nearly the amount of attention that football does.
Most Overlooked Teams
The women's basketball team is among the top in its division, and even in the country, but few pay attention to it. The baseball team gets great recognition nationally, but you're more likely to see Sportscenter anchors talking about it than you are to hear it in a conversation among students.
School Spirit
A popular chant at football games says, "It's great to be a Miami Hurricane!" Most students seem to feel this way, with plenty of school-related things to be proud of. The sports teams, notably football and baseball, are always among the top in the nation. The weather is great, the people are gorgeous, and the campus is beautiful. Shirts or hats with the school logo or colors on them are fairly common, as are cool little items like UM slippers, car magnets, and school supplies. Since UM is the only major college in the area, there is no direct rival other than schools from central or northern Florida like UF or FSU. Sporting events against these opponents attract huge crowds, while games against lesser-known opponents like Rutgers might have students sleeping in or heading to the beach instead.
Getting Tickets
Attending UM is a sports-lover's dream. Students get free access to any UM sporting event with their ID card. Tickets to football bowl games are also available for students to purchase, and the school puts together packages to allow students to attend away games during football season. The basketball arena and baseball stadium on campus are fun places to see a game for free.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The path around the lake, or the road that circles the school are very scenic places to take walks.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 117 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 11% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 71% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 17% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 117 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 25% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 53% 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 would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 116 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 7% 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.
  • 40% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.



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