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5 College Freshman

Athletics: good teams, except for basketball, awesome spirit, fight on

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit is huge here. The football team gets the most obvious support, but other sports have good followings as well. All students are encouraged to participate in sports, either as athletes at any level or as spectators.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: If you pay attention to any professional or college sports, you know what USC is about. If we competed as a country in the olympics, we would be ranked in the top 10 countries.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: USC students, staff, and alumni greatly care about athletic facilities and performances. Recreational amenities are available to all those affiliated with the University and are highly accessible. Support for events, however, is not very evenly spread; USC football clearly overshadows all other activities and other varsity sports suffer a lack of attention from the general student population.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: USC has made me fall in love with sports again. Football is a religious experience.

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  • 21st
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 574th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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There is a resounding sense of pride among USC sports fans. Trojans are faithful to their sports teams, both as athletes and fans, due to a winning history, tough competition, and more than a century of school spirit. Varsity athletes get royal treatment from the University in exchange for a commitment that is as demanding as a full course load. Although men’s soccer was wiped out some time ago, USC’s varsity teams are a threat to the best teams in almost every sport. But LA can give students too many distractions to care about anything other than USC football. The women’s volleyball team recently won a championship, and while at a smaller Midwestern school that would be a huge deal, few people at USC are even aware it happened. Conversely, football fans are known to check up on BCS ratings every week.

Clubs sports are popular at USC. The teams practice regularly and compete against other club teams. There is not nearly as much glory for club athletes as there is for varsity athletes, but most would say that they are involved truly for a love of the sport. Intramural sports are purely recreational and fairly well organized. Fraternities take IM sports seriously as they compete with other houses for athletic dominance in a number of athletic events. Overall, sports are an integral part of a student’s life at USC.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Pacific-10 Conference
Basketball: Pacific-10 Conference
School Colors
Cardinal and gold
School Nickname
Tommy Trojan
Men Playing Varsity Sports
340 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
280 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 92
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 24
Cross Country/Track: 40
Other Sports: 181
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 53%
Basketball: 25%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 100%
Other Sports: 85%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom and Latin dance
  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Capoeria
  • Cheer team
  • Chess
  • Climbing
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cross country
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Dragon boat
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Futsal
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey (men's, women's)
  • Judo
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Marathon
  • Ninjitsu
  • Ping-pong
  • Polo
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Shinkendo
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball (women's fast pitch)
  • Squash
  • Surfing
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Wrestling
  • Wushu Nation
  • 5K Fun Run
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Boathouse
  • Galen Center
  • Heritage Hall
  • Katherine B. Loker Stadium
  • Lyon Center
  • Marks Tennis Stadium
  • McDonald's Swim Stadium
  • Memorial Coliseum
  • Physical Education Building
Most Popular Sports
The most popular sport at USC is football. On game days, campus is packed with fans of either team tailgating and getting ready to enjoy a good game at the Coliseum. A line of students with season tickets often forms hours before the Coliseum even opens so everyone can get a good seat in the student section. School pride is definitely high at every game, and you cannot help but get swept up in it.
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's golf and women's track and field
School Spirit
USC's transition from just a party school with amazing sports teams to a school with excellent academics, amazing sports teams, a more controlled drug scene, and a diverse student body has given students a new sort of Trojan pride. Trojans will always be loyal sports fans, but the school spirit has officially extended into the realm of academics, as well. You know that people love their school when most students walking around on campus are wearing some form of USC apparel.
Getting Tickets
You can buy tickets at the USC Ticket Office in the Student Union, though football games sell out very quickly and very far in advance. It is recommended you buy a student football season ticket, which costs less than $150 and guarantees you a seat at every home football game.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Along the tree lined pathways between Taper Hall and Heritage Hall
Did You Know?
SAAS places all first-year scholarship student-athletes in a mandatory study hall that meets two hours each night four nights per week. Returning students below a 2.3 cumulative GPA are also required to attend study hall.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 139 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 19% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 35% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 45% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 139 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 24% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 61% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 139 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 6% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 58% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 36% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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