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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The sports are not good here. All of the sports are sub par and no one ever makes it really big and goes far. Students are involved in during football season and I'm pretty sure that's only for the tailgating. There is not much school spirit because no one ever wins much. The facilities are well kept up with and they look nice however.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams aren't the best but we usually have a good amount of show ups. Our facilities are really great. The rec center is on the newer side and most if not all dorms have multiple exercise rooms

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The facilities are very nice, but student attendance to sporting events is low.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I love sports and going to sporting events. Unfortunately, I only found myself going to one football game this year. It was tons of fun though. Everyone was so into the game and genuinely excited to be there. We were all rooting for the team, whether we were winning or losing. My favorite events to attend were mens and women volleyball games. While the crowds aren't equivalent to those at a football or basketball game, they were just as fun. It was so fun to watch the positive sportsmanship of the teams and watch them all work so hard for a common goal.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The rec center is GREAT! It has everything I could ever look for athletically


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Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-American Conference
Basketball: Mid-American Conference
School Colors
Cardinal and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
219 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
218 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 90
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 28
Cross Country/Track: 25
Other Sports: 158
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 67%
Basketball: 71%
Baseball: 63%
Cross Country/Track: 70%
Other Sports: 73%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bass fishing
  • Bowling
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Disc golf
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Quidditch
  • Racquetball
  • Rock climbing
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Skydiving
  • Slacklining
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Touch football
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo
  • Waterskiing and wakeboarding
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Cornhole
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football (indoor and outdoor)
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon (indoor)
  • Tug O' War
  • Volleyball (court and sand)
  • Walleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Ball Diamond
  • Ball Gymnasium
  • BSU Soccer Field
  • BSU Softball Complex
  • BSU Turf Field
  • Cardinal Creek Tennis Center
  • Field Sports Building
  • Irving Gymnasium
  • John E. Worthen Arena
  • Lewellen Aquatic Center
  • Scheumann Stadium
  • University Track
Most Popular Sports
Varsity sports attendance at Ball State is dismal. People who do go to BSU athletic events usually attend football or basketball games. Aside from that, girlfriends/boyfriends and the odd family member tend to be the only ones in the bleachers.
Most Overlooked Teams
Students don't pay much attention to any of Ball State's teams, though some students say that the women's volleyball team is deserving of more attention.
School Spirit
For the most part, Ball State students are pretty apathetic when it comes to school pride. Attendance at sporting events is dismal, and the student government struggles to find and keep delegates, especially for the off-campus constituency.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are generally easy to get and are free for students who present a valid Ball State ID.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The woods behind Worthen Arena or around campus in general

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 268 responses

  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 46% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 47% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 268 responses

  • 31% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 37% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 31% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 267 responses

  • 14% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 75% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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