Athletics

Location
San Antonio, TX
Undergrads
4,388
Tuition
$23,690
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I did attend the first campus game with the tail gating but it didn't seem to have too many people attending. I feel like if more people would attend, the teams would get a lot more recognition.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: No matter whether you're athletic, consistently working out, or just an average "every now and then" type of person, this gym provides excellent facilities. They Fitness Center (i.e. gym) is supplied with two work out rooms, one body building, and one cardio. It also has a separate stationary bicycle room for extreme bicyclist's, a tennis room, and a reasonable amount of space for basketball. I have been told the best technique to maintaining physically fit is using your body as the source of workout. Machines are great, yet that doesn't mean they are the best form of working out. The gym supplies reasonable amounts of equipment the students can use, but I feel there should be more natural working out equipment, rather than a bunch of machines.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I wish my school would have a little bit more school spirit.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school just went D1 and that is terrific, but they should live up to the D1 name like other larger schools.

3 College Junior

Athletics: They put too much work and dedication to the athletics...

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 933rd
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 934th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paola Cardenas
Hometown
El Paso, TX
Major
Bilingual Communications
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Football is almost like religion in Texas, but that is not the case at UIW, even though it is one of the most popular sports on campus. However, adding a football team to UIW did increase the interest in sports and attendance at games. Most students will arrive early to a game for the tailgating parties, at which alcohol is sold, but only to those who are 21 or older. Still, students have a good time at these parties.

There are quite a few sports that are overlooked. Golf, tennis, and synchronized swimming, to name a few, hardly ever even make it into the school newspaper. Even though these sports are overlooked, the athletes on these teams still love what they do and do a good job of representing the school.

Intramurals are also available for those students who would like to play a sport but not at the varsity level. Participating in an intramural is a great way to stay in shape, get rid of stress, and even earn extra credit for your Dimensions of Wellness class. Many students who join intramurals were students who used to play on a team during high school and would like to get back into that sport.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Lone Star Conference
Basketball: Lone Star Conference
School Colors
Red and black
School Nickname
Cardinals
Men Playing Varsity Sports
347 - 27%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
169 - 7%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Tennis (men's and women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (coed)
  • Volleyball (women's)
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Jiu-jitsu
  • Powder puff football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (sand and court)
  • Water polo
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ann Barshop Natatorium
  • Cardinals Field (Softball)
  • Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium
  • Mabry Tennis Center
  • McDermott Center
  • Soccer Practice Fields
  • Sullivan Field
  • Track and Field
Most Popular Sports
Although football at UIW has only been around for a couple of years, it is one of the most popular sports. Also, basketball receives a lot of attention.
Most Overlooked Teams
Golf, tennis, synchronized swimming
School Spirit
Those who are into sports do get into school spirit by having tailgating parties or just by wearing the school's colors.
Getting Tickets
Tickets can be purchased online through UIWCardinaltickets.com. UIW students and employees are entitled to one free general admission to home games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The nature trail along the river is a great place to take a walk.
Did You Know?
UIW's football team was first introduced in the fall of 2009, so it has only been around for a couple of years.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 51 responses

  • 4% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 51% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 43% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 50 responses

  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 36% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 42% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 20% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 52 responses

  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 29% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 63% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
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