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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Based on my observations of the athletics, they are very supportive of each other on campus.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports on campus are the best!

4 College Junior

Athletics: I'm not into athletics but I hear the teams rank well. We have an Olympic level track and a premium gym.

4 College Student

Athletics: Sports are a big part of campus life. Club sports and intramural a are a big part of the campus life as well because they play a large role in the community and help bond students regardless of their race, gender, or age.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The games are fun and intense


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The few students who are sports enthusiasts are so vocal about their passion that they'll almost convince you that the whole school is just like them. But just the opposite is true—Sac State students aren't really into campus sports. Most games have lots of empty seats, and a lot of students don't pay attention to the teams. It's entirely possible to go to Sac State for four years and not go to a single game or let the sports element impact your life in any way. If you live in the dorms, you'll probably be more aware of the sports scene, but considering only five percent of students here live in the dorms, the chances of that are not very high.

First-year students who come in the fall semester usually think the school is very sports-minded because of Homecoming season when the Causeway Classic football game against UC Davis occurs—a prominent sporting event featuring a longstanding rivalry between the two schools. But school spirit peaks when fall semester begins, and it dies down quickly thereafter. However, school spirit would increase dramatically if Sac State's high-profile teams had more winning games. Women's teams have some really great seasons, but they don't usually get the fanfare that men's teams get. If more students lived on campus, sports would probably be bigger, as well. But the fact remains that Sac State is all about the commute, not on-campus unity.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Sky Conference
Basketball: Big Sky Conference
School Colors
Green and gold
School Nickname
Herky the Hornet
Men Playing Varsity Sports
209 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
232 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 69
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 32
Cross Country/Track: 51
Other Sports: 136
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 22%
Basketball: 25%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 22%
Other Sports: 67%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Bass fishing
  • Billiards
  • Cycling
  • Ice hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Modern dance
  • Racquetball
  • Rock climbing
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Salsa loca
  • Scottish country dance
  • Skate
  • Ski and snowboard
  • Skydive
  • Sport club council
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wakeboard
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga meditation
  • Basketball
  • Bracketology
  • Dodgeball
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Sportapalooza
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Eli and Edythe Broad Fieldhouse
  • Hornet Field
  • Hornet Stadium
  • John Smith Field
  • The Nest
  • Sacramento State Aquatic Center
  • Shea Stadium
  • Tennis courts
Most Popular Sports
Football is the most popular varsity sport. Intramurals don't really have rabid fans, but a lot of people participate—mostly basketball, football, and indoor soccer. A lot of people show up to intramurals to support friends, and sometimes that amounts to a lot of people, but typically the crowd isn't large.
Most Overlooked Teams
Some teams don't sell many tickets, but not necessarily because they're unpopular. It's just because they don't have that many games a semester. Gymnastics, for example, has about a handful of ticketed sporting events a year. Women's games usually don't draw the same crowds as the men's football and basketball games either.
School Spirit
Sac State could definitely use some help in the school spirit department, but every once in a while, the spirit bug comes around. This usually happens during football games or graduation ceremonies and then quickly dies down when class is back in session. Nevertheless, there are many students who are happy to be at Sac State; they just stay relatively quiet about it. Many transfer students from other schools notice how low-key Sac State is, especially compared to Bay Area campuses. Because Sac State is a little low on strong campus culture, campus traditions and legends are also noticeably low.
Getting Tickets
Football and basketball sell the most tickets, so don't wait to get them, especially during Homecoming and the Causeway Classic games. Other varsity sports often draw respectable crowds, but it's rare for most games to be sold out too quickly.
Best Place to Take a Walk
American River Bike Trail
Did You Know?
The school has hosted U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 298 responses

  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 38% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 54% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 4% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 298 responses

  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 32% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 40% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 297 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 69% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 19% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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