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4 College Junior

Athletics: The students at our school our very passionate about our athletic teams, regardless of their talent. I admire their loyalty.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have one of the best basketball teams in the nation and we have engaging fans and school spirit to support this. The facilities are up to date, and it is very clear that athletics are essential to my school.

5 College Junior

Athletics: As a member of the varsity water polo team, I must say that the athletics facilities and varsity athletics overall are wonderful.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Very good teams for most sports, but probably they are overated.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics are quite entertaining. People are always enthusiastic about coming to the games and cheering on our athletes. We have done very well in athletics this past year. The overall spirit is always incredible.


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While men's basketball is the obvious draw, other varsity sports are not overlooked. The stands are usually filled when the men's soccer team plays. Women's basketball coach Kathi Bennett led the Lady Hoosiers to their first-ever Big Ten Tournament win in 2002, and that program continues to improve steadily. Also to be considered are the Hoosiers' record-shattering six consecutive NCAA swimming titles, the valiant annual efforts of the football team (students still need an excuse to tailgate in the fall, regardless of the team's dismal record) and an endless succession of winning seasons for the baseball team. It would be a serious faux pas to leave out one of IU's most popular traditions, the Little 500 bicycle race in the spring.

If sitting on the sidelines isn't enough, athletically-inclined students are very much encouraged to participate in intramurals. Every type of competition from volleyball to indoor soccer is offered, including non-physical tournaments like Euchre and sports trivia. The divisions have something for every skill level and are advertised all over campus, including in the dorms. In fact, RAs will often organize an IM sports team as a floor activity. Sports can be a big part of the IU experience, if you want them to be. Just peek your head out of your dorm room and you'll feel the thrill that is IU athletics!

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Ten Conference
Basketball: Big Ten Conference
School Colors
Cream and crimson
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
329 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
305 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 90
Basketball: 29
Baseball: 31
Cross Country/Track: 48
Other Sports: 231
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 44%
Basketball: 43%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 86%
Other Sports: 78%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Baseball
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Figure skating
  • Fishing
  • Gaelic Hurling
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Racquetball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Swing dancing
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Waterskiing/wakeboarding
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cornhole
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Whiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER)
  • Student Recreational Sports Center (SRSC)
Most Popular Sports
Whisper the words "Bobby Knight" within a hundred miles of Bloomington, and you'll get a reaction. Whether that reaction is praise of the former IU basketball coach or a chair flung angrily across the room at the mere mention of the name, the passion that encompasses IU students (and the state of Indiana at large) is grand. The team has in recent years maintained its legendary status; the players are celebrities, and students have clamored for season tickets to see the games. There has been such a rush for tickets that the administration had to cut down the number of passes allotted to each order in an effort to let students cheer on their team. For many people, IU equals basketball.
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball is often overshadowed by the men's team, but they put on an impressive show as well. The men's soccer team is talented and popular, but a lot of students miss the game season.
School Spirit
School spirit is one of the things IU thrives on. Particularly strong when basketball season rolls around, students are proud to be Hoosiers and wear the Cream and Crimson like a badge. Every time we're recognized as a top party school, spirit soars as we pat each other on the back and raise our glasses, but the atmosphere is just as charged whether we're cheering the football team on to another defeat or protesting the departure of an Indiana legend. A Hoosier is a Hoosier is a Hoosier, and even if no one really knows what that means, the cohesiveness of the student body (and the pride in this term) can't be ignored.
Getting Tickets
Depending on which sporting event you want tickets to, tickets are usually easy to get. Tickets to the men's basketball games are in short supply, and the administration has recently been distributing fewer tickets than ever before. Many sporting events are free to watch, and no other sport has the universal demand of basketball. Call 1 (866) IUSPORTS for all tickets.
Best Place to Take a Walk
If by "walk," you mean "power walk" or "feel the burn," try the track at Woodlawn field. Otherwise, the arboretum is large and beautiful, as are the woods and pretty much anywhere else on campus or downtown Bloomington. You could ostensibly walk around all day and not see everything, and there are plenty of trails and sidewalks to facilitate your journey.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 362 responses

  • 18% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 75% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 7% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 362 responses

  • 15% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 56% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 28% 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 362 responses

  • 36% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 54% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 9% 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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