Seattle, WA
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5 College Freshman

Athletics: It's awesome, all of our teams are competitive in the PAC 12

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: UW has big, D1, PAC-12, sports teams. We have the best college football stadium in the nation. We also just got a brand new ballpark, and our basketball arena is nice.

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4 College Student

Athletics: I don't pay attention to sports because I don't find it important, but I still support anything from my college. A lot of people like the teams.

3 College Senior

Athletics: people dont seem to care much about sports but still acknowledge that it is there

5 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports are one of my favorite parts of being a husky. This school has so much spirit its contagious! Sports are a huge part of college life here but it isn't the most important which I really admire. School is the biggest part and then when you're done studying, theres always some type of varsity sport to watch.


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  • 70th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 233rd
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sugiyama
Seattle, WA
English/Women's Studies
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Athletics are undeniably a huge part of the Husky experience. In fact, outside of Washington, UW is possibly more commonly referred to by its mascot. The Huskies have quite a tradition of football, and the games bring massive flocks of students, alumni, and local fans out to cheer. Basketball is definitely growing in popularity, and both the men’s and women’s basketball teams have had growing success in recent years. Besides football and basketball, which are the most watched and talked-about sports at UW, plenty of other sports get a lot of attention and some big crowd turnout. Gymnastics, volleyball, and soccer are all popular for spectators. Crew is perhaps the sport with the most history at the UW, and every year, masses of people turn out for races at the Montlake Cut on Lake Washington.

UW sports are typical events for friends to enjoy together. Many students get a big group together and go out to cheer for the Huskies, whatever the season or sport. If students don’t participate in varsity sports, many of them play intramurals. Some students keep a very busy schedule with class and a couple intramural leagues per quarter. Most people say that being involved in intramural sports really changes their UW experience for the better. Intramurals are a great way to meet people and stay involved. Students rally around games and sporting events, and it’s definitely an experience of camaraderie and school spirit. As UW fans love to say, “Real dawgs wear purple,” and over-excited dawgs have purple and gold pumping through their veins.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Pacific-10 Conference
Basketball: Pacific-10 Conference
School Colors
Purple and gold
School Nickname
"Dubs" the Husky
Men Playing Varsity Sports
331 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
337 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 85
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 31
Cross Country/Track: 78
Other Sports: 165
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 53%
Basketball: 71%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 29%
Other Sports: 74%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Alpine skiing
  • Archery
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Ice hockey
  • Kayak
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Crew
  • Flag football
  • Inner tube basketball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alaska Airlines Arena
  • Bill Quillian Tennis Stadium
  • Conibear Shellhouse
  • Dempsey Indoor (track)
  • Golf Range
  • Gymnastics Training Center
  • Husky Ballpark
  • Husky Golf Center
  • Husky Soccer Stadium
  • Husky Softball Stadium
  • Husky Sports Performance
  • Husky Stadium
  • IMA Pool
  • Intramural Activities Building (IMA)
  • Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center
  • Pavilion Pool
  • Strength & Conditioning Center
  • Waterfront Activities Center (WAC)
Most Popular Sports
UW is a full-blooded football school. The student section of Husky stadium is packed for big games, and alumni return to the stadium year after year to root for their alma mater. Basketball is popular and gaining in popularity each year. This year, the Husky men's basketball team had a lot of success and students even camped outside of Hec Edmunson Pavilion the night before a couple of big games. On the intramural front, the basketball and softball leagues attract a lot of players.
Most Overlooked Teams
Because UW tends to be focused on football and basketball, other sports do tend to get overlooked. Games for other sports (like baseball or soccer) can be really great options, and they often offer free admission in addition to free pizza and chances to win prizes. Because UW tends to be focused on football and basketball, other sports do tend to get overlooked. Games for other sports (like baseball or soccer) can be really great options, and they often offer free admission in addition to free pizza and chances to win prizes.
School Spirit
School spirit rallies mainly around sports games. Huskies get completely decked out in purple and gold clothing, jewelry, makeup, and body paint to show their spirit. When UW kids get to the game, they find themselves not only cheering for a common favorite but also fostering a shared hatred for the opposing team. There is definitely no shortage of school pride at UW, but there is also a fair amount of resentment toward the UW, for whatever reasons. As with everything, there's a large range in the student body. By looking at the population in the student section of a football game, the intensity of Huskies becomes clear. There's a fairly large group of people who have closets stuffed full of Husky gear and devote themselves to being the first ones in line for any sporting event.
Getting Tickets
You can buy tickets before individual games, but for the big sports (football and basketball) fans usually buy season tickets for the student section well before the season starts. The most popular football package is $112 and includes all home games. You can also opt for the School Pack (four games) for $64. For basketball games, $105 will get you all nineteen regular season home games plus one exhibition game. You can also buy single game tickets for $10 in person at the Husky Ticket Office or buy tickets online at
Best Place to Take a Walk
Since the campus is so big, there's a lot of space to roam around. Steven's Way is the main road that runs through campus and makes a giant loop. Some students who jog through campus use this option. The Burke-Gilman Trail is a popular recreational trail that is easily accessible from campus.
Did You Know?
  • In 1919, UW athletic teams were called the Sun Dodgers. The mascot changed to Vikings in 1921, and then finally in 1922, UW became the home of the Huskies.
  • The Husky Fever Hall of Fame is a 5,000-square-foot display case located in the Bank of America Arena that honors UW's athletic traditions and accomplishments.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 150 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 69% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 27% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 150 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 20% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 57% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 151 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 17% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 72% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 10% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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