Richardson, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$25,084 ($10,666)
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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics are great, especially our renowned chess team! School spirit is a big deal on campus, especially during homecoming weeks for basketball.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The amount of school spirit we have for a school that doesn't have a football team is remarkable. Because the school's sports are not in the same division as Big 12 etc., and because there isn't a football and we're in Texas, sports at UTD are not as big of a deal as on other campuses. That being said, the people who do support the sports' teams go all out, and the teams we do have generally perform really well in our division.

2 College Junior

Athletics: We don't have many sports here. I don't go to any of the events because I don't care for the sports being played.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics at UTD are okay. The fans support them whenever sport they represent. the school's spirit is ok as well

College Freshman

Athletics: I have never, nor have the desire to, attend any athletic events here. They're not exactly all that big


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  • 411st
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1248th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tue Tran
Hanoi, Vietnam
Accounting, MIS
Grad Year
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When it comes to collegiate sports, UT Dallas students and faculty members often know more about the Texas Longhorns than their own Comets. Many factors contribute to this, the lack of a football team certainly being one of them; regardless, the apathy toward varsity sports is detrimental to the growth of school spirit and pride. It is true that the undergraduate athletics only started more than a decade ago, and that the student athletes work really hard and perform relatively well, dominating their sports divisions at times. However, there’s just not enough glamour or drama to it—like an against-all-odds victory, a fierce local rivalry, or a state-of-the-art stadium—to attract more students to the games. The University knows it and wants to improve the whole scene, but any new upgrades or buildings will certainly take a lot of time and money to be installed, and success is not guaranteed.

Intramural and recreational sports, on the other hand, are a big part of campus life. Almost everyone plays something, and many students play in two or three different intramural tournaments. Skill levels vary greatly among players, but you can always start a certain sport with other novices and gradually work your way up the ladder. Depending on the activity, you can get either good equipment or crappy ones. The intramural soccer fields, for example, are good, while the student union’s pingpong paddles cannot even make a good stand against their Walmart counterparts. Students tend to agree that the fitness center is adequate for good workouts, but it’s always crowded—and understandably so, considering that 20,000 students share that 4000-square-foot facility.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: American Southwest Conference
School Colors
Orange, green, and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
124 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
94 - 3%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Bass fishing
  • Bowling
  • Disc golf
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Japanese karate
  • Ju-Jutsu
  • Longboard
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Paintball
  • Rock climbing
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bench press and deadlift
  • Boat regatta
  • Chess
  • Climbing
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Football skills
  • Home run derby
  • Scooter board hockey
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Activity Center
  • Auxillury gym
  • Fitness Center
  • Intramural baseball field
  • Intramural disc golf course
  • Intramural softball field
  • Multipurpose field
  • Natatorium 25-yard swimming pool
  • Outdoor basketball courts
  • Tennis courts
  • UTD Soccer Field Complex
Most Popular Sports
Chess, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, flag football, basketball, baseball
Most Overlooked Teams
School Spirit
Simply put-few people care about varsity games. This is a sad, yet undeniable, truth about UT Dallas school spirit. To be fair, there are people going to games, but these are mostly friends, family, or professors of the athletes. Bribing students with free food and incorporating game attendance into the University 1010 course (an introductory course about UTD) helps fill the small stands, but even they are just temporary, unsustainable solutions. Positive changes loom near, though, as the University is contemplating either building a UTD football team or advancing all of its other varsity teams into Division II-or both-if there is enough funding. In the end, it's good to know that both the University and its students are determined to improve the situation, and, hopefully, this will indeed be the darkest moment right before dawn.
Getting Tickets
Free entrance for UTD students with Comet cards.
Adult and student tickets are $6 and $3 each, respectively. Most of the time, tickets to sports games are easy to get.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Few off-campus parks or trails exist near campus for students to wander freely. However, the campus itself (especially the south and east sides) is pretty ideal for a short walk, with tree lines and grass fields. Alternatively, students can take a walk to Target, stopping by a local lake on the way or awarding themselves with Mexican food at Chili's.
Did You Know?
  • Popular motto about the UTD football: "Our football team is still undefeated/unbeaten/invincible."
  • There are six soccer fields in the soccer complex, but reserving one for recreational play can sometimes be a nuisance. Many students, thus, don't reserve fields beforehand, but instead climb over fences or sneak through gates into the fields.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 69 responses

  • 20% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 23% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 55% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 69 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 45% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 19% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 36% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 13% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 70% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 16% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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