Athletics

Location
Norman, OK
Undergrads
18,111
Tuition (in-state)
$20,343 ($8,706)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Junior

Athletics: Our football team has a huge fan support and you can see the school spirit when you go to a game.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: OU is great at a variety of sports but of course football is the what everyone cares about most. What is nice is that you don't have to struggle to come by tickets for any of the events.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Game day at OU is a big event, and the students are always involved in it.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: If it's football, then everyone is excited. Life revolves around football. Everything else is just kind of there.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Nearly every sport team has been in the top 25 over the past year, with quite a few holding the number one spot at some point in their season. Football is on the upswing again, if you consider an eleven win season a bad year, and expect Oklahoma to be contending for a national championship for the next three years. Lon Kruger has the basketball team making noise around campus for the first time since Blake Griffin left for the NBA. The school revolves around football, and while many people complain they get all the funding, the current success of nearly every team suggests the athletic department has all bases covered. Nothing like game-day at OU, with one hundred thousand alumni, locals, and students, packing the campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 16th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1200th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Hurd
Hometown
Oklahoma City
Major
History and French
Grad Year
2016
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Incoming students to OU need to know about one thing above all others: Sooner football. For many, fall semester is just the time between each game, and the OU campus truly comes alive on football weekends. Most students attending OU come from Southern states, and they understand the football culture that lives strong in the South, but OU’s team has the distinction of being labeled by some as the best college team in national history. Students love to get hyped up for big games, and tickets are a must-have for any first-year students. Most games sell out, and the stadium is packed with more than 80,000 fans on select Saturdays throughout the fall. The importance of football can overshadow OU’s other great sports, unfortunately. The men’s basketball team is the second-most popular team on campus, and basketball is the only other sporting event besides football that students need to purchase tickets for. All regular season games for other sports are free. Many enjoy taking advantage of the cheap entertainment these free sporting events offer and go to support the Sooners at tennis, baseball, gymnastics, and track and field.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Twelve Conference
Basketball: Big Twelve Conference
School Colors
Crimson and cream
School Nickname
Sooners
Men Playing Varsity Sports
294 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
284 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 88
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 30
Cross Country/Track: 65
Other Sports: 151
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 37%
Basketball: 67%
Baseball: 10%
Cross Country/Track: 88%
Other Sports: 66%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Crew
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Fishing
  • Ice hockey
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Powerlifting
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (coed and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Pickleball
  • Racquetball
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Barry Switzer Center
  • Basketball Facilities
  • Bud Wilkinson Practice Facility
  • Charlie Coe Golf Center
  • Chesapeake Boathouse
  • Everest Indoor Training Center
  • Freede Sports Medicine Center
  • Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion
  • Headington Family Tennis Center
  • Houston Huffman Fitness Center
  • Intramural Fields
  • Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club
  • John Jacobs Track and Field Complex
  • L. Dale Mitchell Park
  • Lloyd Noble Center
  • McCasland Field House
  • Mosier Indoor Track Facility
  • Murray Case Sells Swim Complex
  • Roy Williams Strength & Speed Complex
  • Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center
  • Siegfried Strength & Conditioning Complex
  • Soccer Complex & John Crain Field
  • Softball Complex & Marita Hynes Field
  • Tennis Courts
Most Popular Sports
Football
Most Overlooked Teams
Rowing
School Spirit
School spirit is huge on campus, especially around football games. There are a lot of things to be proud of at OU, and football games tend to bring out very vocal appreciation for the school. On game days, every student that drinks "pre-games" with their friends at a Greek house or at a tailgate. Every athletic organization is advertised on campus, and all events besides football and men's basketball are free, so students are encouraged to support their teams as much as possible.
Getting Tickets
Students only need tickets for football, basketball, or big end-of-the-season games. Football and basketball tickets are sold in packages during the first week of school, though the high demand necessitates a lottery. Tickets to major games, especially OSU or Texas, are always hard to get, and cost more than double the normal ticket price.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around campus or Chautauqua, by the Museum of Natural History
Did You Know?
The OU Sooners have won 26 national championships in men's and women's sports with the latest coming in 2008 when the men's gymnastics team won its fifth title in seven years.

Student Polls

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

  • 0% 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.
  • 38% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 115 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 35% 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.
  • 13% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

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

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 41% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 49% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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