Athletics

Location
Ann Arbor, MI
Undergrads
27,046
Tuition (in-state)
$40,392 ($12,994)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Freshman

Athletics: All the sports teams are good.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Michigan sports program is internationally known and we support all of our athletes

5 College Senior

Athletics: Who hasn't heard of Michigan Football? It's almost a religion around here!

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5 College Student

Athletics: If you like sports, come here. If you don't, stay away because it's a scary cult of sports where if you don't know the name of every member of the football team or go to every football game you feel like you may well get beat up by some overzealous wolverines fans.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are a big source of Wolverine pride. If you like sport culture, you will love Michigan. Even if sports aren't your thing, the parties and celebrations involved are still fun. However, if you really don't want anything to do with sports, there are many other things to do during game days.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 453rd
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Linda Tell
Hometown
Syosset
Major
International Studies
Grad Year
2015
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There is nothing quite like Michigan athletics. Ranked among the best in the nation with 27 Division I varsity teams, Michigan has a respected reputation, not only in the Big 10 League, but also nationally. In addition to the school's stellar athletics, the spirit, enthusiasm, and lifelong dedication Michigan fans embody is unparalleled. Students agree that there is definitely something magical about stepping into the student section of your first Michigan game. Whether you're at a football game in the Big House or a women's water polo match, there is no doubt that you'll be greeted by die-hard Michigan fans, decked out in maize and blue, cheering on their fellow Wolverines in unison. Michigan's most popular sporting events are football games. Indeed, the Big House offers an atmosphere unlike any other, holding more than 100,000 fans. The biggest games are usually against Michigan's arch rival, Ohio State, although any given home game is pretty densely populated. In fact, Ann Arbor transforms on game days—streets, sidewalks, and front lawns fill with students sporting Michigan clothing and accessories. Purchasing season tickets is a must if you want to make the most out of Michigan's thriving athletic scene. Season tickets are offered for football, hockey, basketball, and baseball. Most other sporting events are free for students, making for a cheap way to go out and have fun with friends while showing your school pride. And there's no shortage of school pride at the University of Michigan.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Ten Conference
Basketball: Big Ten Conference
School Colors
Maize and blue
School Nickname
Wolverines
Men Playing Varsity Sports
399 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
381 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 96
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 30
Cross Country/Track: 51
Other Sports: 277
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 67%
Basketball: 25%
Baseball: 75%
Cross Country/Track: 67%
Other Sports: 78%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • 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
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle
  • Roller hockey
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Synchronized skating
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Waterskiing
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Al Glick Field House
  • Canham Natatorium
  • Central Campus Recreation Building (CCRB)
  • Cliff Keen Arena
  • Crisler Arena
  • Ferry Field
  • Gymnastics training facilities
  • Intramural Sports Building (IMSB)
  • Junge Champions Center
  • Michigan Boathouse
  • Michigan Stadium
  • North Campus Recreation Building (NCRB)
  • Oosterbaan Field House
  • Phyllis Ocker Field
  • Ross Academic Center
  • Sports Coliseum
  • U-M Golf Course
  • U-M Indoor Track Building
  • U-M Soccer Complex
  • Varsity Tennis Center
  • Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex
  • Yost Ice Arena
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football, ice hockey
Most Overlooked Teams
Gymnastics, swimming, field hockey, rowing, wrestling—these teams are often ranked high on the national scale but are overlooked by fans. In the past, the women's field hockey team has won the national championship. The men's and women's swimming teams are consistently among the best in the nation, as are the gymnastics teams. Wrestling and rowing are also considered to be Big Ten powerhouses.
School Spirit
The Michigan marching band is revered by all and widely considered to be among the best in the nation. Michigan students are not ashamed to wear their maize and blue proudly, and you'll often see many students wearing Michigan gear around campus.
Getting Tickets
Every spring, students fill out their football ticket requests, and everyone gets them. The student section is filled with nearly 20,000 students. It ends up costing something like $13 a game, but it's worth every penny. Ice hockey also has tickets that you must pre-purchase, but other events are usually available on a more consistent basis. Students who do not pre-purchase tickets often buy tickets from other students using social networking sites and forums.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Arb
Did You Know?
The largest attendance of a hockey game ever happened at the Big House in December 2010, when more than 85,000 fans watched Michigan and Michigan State University face off in an outdoor event called "The Big Chill."

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 159 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 3% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 59% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 37% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 159 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 25% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 57% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 18% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 160 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 17% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 31% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 48% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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