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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Iowa State is notorious for having a lot of school spirit. There are a lot of students that get involved as much as they can for the simple fact they love the sport. The parking lot is always full when we have home games, a lot of people camp out for days before the event for tickets or to be some of the first ones in.

4 College Junior

Athletics: ISU football and basketball are huge draws, and because Iowa doesn't have any professional sports, the community gets really hyped up over sporting events which is AWESOME.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone is involved with something, even if it isn't sports related there is a place for everyone. The great thing about this school is that you don't have to be the best, as long as you give your best.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are a very big deal at Iowa State University whether that be varsity sports or intramural sports. Varsity sports like Cyclone football or hockey games are things you should go to at least once! The energy and support from the students is unreal. Even if you don't like a sport you can't help but get up and cheer with everyone else at the game! Iowa state also offers great activities for the not so athletic person like H2O Battleship.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school spirit is amazing here. Nearly everyone here shows spirit in their teams.


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Athletics are a big part of Iowa State life. The football team is an especially big part, and students seem to enjoy attending and supporting the various sporting events. For those who just want to participate in sports for fun, intramural sports leave nothing to be desired. Students from all walks of life find something that tickles their fancy. Students enjoy both intramural and varsity sports, and there is a lot of pride associated with both. Many students also enjoy tailgating at the games. Iowa State has something for athletes of all abilities and is a great place for fans of sports action!

Athletic activity is hard to ignore at Iowa State. If you love the collegiate spirit and strong athletic presence on campus, or you want a college that allows you to participate in sports at various competitive and skill levels, then Iowa State is for you. If you prefer a quieter, less sports-prominent atmosphere, you might want to think about other schools.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Twelve Conference
Basketball: Big Twelve Conference
School Colors
Cardinal and gold
School Nickname
Cy the Cyclone
Men Playing Varsity Sports
265 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
222 - 2%
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 56%
Basketball: 40%
Baseball: 33%
Cross Country/Track: 73%
Other Sports: 64%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Baseball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Broomball
  • Canoe and kayak
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Disc golf
  • Fastpitch softball
  • Fencing
  • Fishing
  • Flying Cyclones
  • Golf
  • Hockey (women's)
  • Kumdo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Longboarding
  • Martial arts
  • Motocross
  • Motorcycle
  • Mountaineering and climbing
  • Nordic ski
  • Paintball
  • Racquetball
  • Rifle and pistol
  • Rodeo
  • Rodeo
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Sailing and windsports
  • Ski and snowboard
  • Skydivers
  • Soccer
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Trap and skeet
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo
  • Water ski
  • Weight
  • Wrestling
  • Adventure race
  • Badminton
  • Bag toss
  • Basketball
  • Battleship
  • Bowling
  • Broomball
  • Cross country
  • Curling
  • Disc golf
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Foosball
  • Ice hockey
  • Pickleball
  • Pool
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water volleyball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bergstrom Indoor Facility
  • Beyer Pool
  • Football Training Facility
  • Forker Tennis Courts
  • Golf Performance Center
  • Hilton Coliseum
  • Hixson-Lied Center
  • ISU Cross Country Course
  • ISU Soccer Complex
  • Jack Trice Stadium
  • Jacobson Athletic Building
  • Lied Recreation Center
  • Pyle Gymnastics Center
  • Sukup Basketball Complex
Most Popular Sports
Football is the most popular and well-attended varsity sport, while broomball is the most popular intramural.
Most Overlooked Teams
The women's hockey team posts a winning record every year, yet its success goes unnoticed by much of the student body.
School Spirit
At Iowa State, students are proud to wear cardinal and gold. School spirit is especially visible whenever one of the varsity sports teams plays the University of Iowa. Students have a great love for Iowa State, and it's not uncommon to see students sporting ISU gear.
Getting Tickets
Tickets aren't really hard to get, unless the opponent is University of Iowa, which is ISU's archrival.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Reiman Gardens, Central Campus, Lied Recreation Athletic Center

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 292 responses

  • 9% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 75% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 14% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 293 responses

  • 28% 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.
  • 15% 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 293 responses

  • 25% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 67% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 7% 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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