School spirit is less than subpar at USD. Even though tickets are free and home games are very well advertised, attendance at these events is always pretty low. There are many teams at USD that boast winning seasons and conference titles, and in 2011, the school was ranked 96th in NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings, which rank schools on their athletics and athlete academics. USD’s athletic program may be well-respected off campus, but on campus, it's hard to find students that have gone to a single sporting event or know how a given team is doing. Frequently, on-campus clubs and the Alumni Association will host tailgates with free food and school gear to increase attendance at important or rival events.
Intramural and club sports at USD have great participation in comparison to the lack of interest in varsity sports. With 21 club and 10 intramural sports from which to choose—including water skiing, horseback riding, surfing, and dodgeball—there is something for everyone. And if none of the existing sports are what you’re into, starting your own is as easy as some paperwork and finding a few friends to join you. If competition isn't your thing, USD offers students Fit & Active passes and recreation classes—semester-long classes, such as Zumba, cycling, massage, sailing, kickboxing, and more than 40 others, which can earn you half a school credit. The athletic facilities on campus are well-maintained and very accessible. There are two gyms for students to use, located by the two main residential areas of campus, and special gyms and weight rooms for student athletes. All of the sports facilities are close to one another and easy to access from anywhere on campus.