Athletics

Location
Las Vegas, NV
Undergrads
15,885
Tuition (in-state)
$20,615 ($6,705)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: UNLV Runnin Rebels is what the university revolves around

3 College Junior

Athletics: The only things I ever hear about are the football team which is not very good and then the basketball team which is much better.

College Freshman

Athletics: I don't care about the sports.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: UNLV has one of the best basketball teams.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The football games are interesting to go to, especially being there during half time.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 165th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1181st
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Meryl Manaog
Hometown
Las Vegas, NV
Major
Marketing/Film minor
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UNLV athletics have room for improvement, as far as the play of the teams goes. However, UNLV sports are improving greatly. Though few know it, the big sports aren't the only improving athletics at UNLV. Everyone here seems to want there to be more school spirit, but there has been little done in the past few years to encourage or promote full blown-out athletic events like other state schools. It's not to say there is no knowledge or support for the athletics. In every class, you will probably meet an athlete of varsity or intramural level, and there are more than enough willing to start new club or IM sports. So, if you were an athlete in high school, there is opportunity to keep that up here at UNLV.

Over the last few years, UNLV has hired many elite coaches with Lon Krugar (basketball) and Utah's former offensive coordinator, Mike Sanford (football) being the two biggest. With the attendance not as high as UNLV would hope at most of their sporting events, Hamrick even hired new marketing people to help move this along. As soon as students start attending the UNLV games, sports will be improved tremendously around campus.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mountain West Conference
Basketball: Mountain West Conference
School Colors
Scarlet and gray
School Nickname
Rebel (his name is Hey Reb)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
224 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
213 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 97
Basketball: 38
Baseball: 29
Cross Country/Track: 20
Other Sports: 150
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 50%
Basketball: 20%
Baseball: 29%
Cross Country/Track: 14%
Other Sports: 73%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Capoeira
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Powerlifting
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's)
  • Skydiving
  • Smash
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Water polo
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bocce ball
  • Bowling
  • Chess
  • Cornhole
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Home run derby
  • Horseshoes
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Ladder golf
  • Mini golf
  • Oozeball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Cox Pavillion
  • McDermott Physical Education Complex
  • Sam Boyd Stadium
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Thomas & Mack Center
Most Popular Sports
The most popular sports at UNLV are basketball and football. The football team is not the greatest but is showing signs of improvement. Basketball has been the school's most popular sport since its championship run in 1990 and has continued to stay strong, winning the Mountain West Conference in 2008.
Most Overlooked Teams
Year-in and year-out, UNLV produces a golf team that competes for national titles. The men's swimming and diving team has championed the Mountain West Conference for more than three years, and the tennis and baseball teams perform well, but not enough people know it.
School Spirit
The nickname Rebels was given to UNLV athletic teams because the school rebelled against the older UNR. Hey Reb, known for his long white mustache and wide-brimmed cowboy hat, became the school's official mascot in the early 1980s. UNLV's first mascot was Beauregard the cartoon wolf, dressed in a gray military field jacket and Confederate cap. As UNLV pointedly rebelled against the older UNR, the Confederate Beau became the school's mascot as a jab at UNR's northern looking wolf pack mascot. Beau was replaced when a group of black athletes complained of having a mascot that represented the wrong side of the Civil War. Though Beauregard was replaced in the early 1970s, his memory lives on in the original basketball court floor, which is now the Barrick Museum floor.
Getting Tickets
Students have access to all Rebel games for free and can pick up tickets before or at the game with student ID. You will have to sit in the student-only area, but it's the best spot to be-the students paint their faces and sing the fight song.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, Mt. Charleston North and South Loops, and the Wetlands

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 133 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 58% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 134 responses

  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 46% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 34% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 17% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 134 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 37% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 56% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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