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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic facilities were awesome because therefore to have good athletic teams there must have good facilities for them to practices. This including indoor and outdoor practice facilities for athletics.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Go MAVS! Everyone likes to go to the football and especially the hockey games. Every game is free except for the men's hockey games. The rec center is updated, partly due to the influence that the MN Vikings train here! But if you don't like sports, you won't feel left out! There are plays and dances and other choices too.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The school facilities are nice because they have a set gym for those who are involved in sports, and for those who aren't. I like that the gym is always open so If you wanted to work out, you can anytime. The thing that isn't fair is the swimming pool, we only have one so the people involved in the swim team get it whenever they need it, and the non swimmers only get certain days and times to swim.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a group called the herd, which is a student run group to get other students to go to certain sporting events to support the teams. Many of our sports are very good in conference and in the nation.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have good sport programs and opportunities, but I would love to see more fan support from students.


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Athletics of all kinds are very popular here. There is a multitude of intramural teams on campus that students can join, and many do. A lot of students can also be seen working out in Otto Recreation Center, most commonly called Otto Rec or just the Rec Center. Overall, school spirit is very big here, and all sporting events are free to students with their MavCard. Students can go to any home game and expect to get in, except hockey. Since hockey is so popular, there are specific times that students can go to get a ticket. The women's basketball team has been very successful and won the NCAA Division II national championship in the 2008-09 season.

Overall, there are many ways to get involved with sports here, whether it’s playing intramural basketball to joining a game of Frisbee football on the Performing Arts building lawn. Getting involved on campus has never been more fun, easy, and great for your body, mind, and soul.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Basketball: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
School Colors
Purple and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
271 - 5%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
239 - 4%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 70
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 26
Cross Country/Track: 52
Other Sports: 187
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 67%
Basketball: 33%
Baseball: 83%
Cross Country/Track: 50%
Other Sports: 56%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Lacrosse
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Paintball
  • Rugby
  • Shotokan karate
  • Soccer
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Duathlon
  • Flag football
  • Free throw contest
  • Golf
  • Hot shot
  • Ice hockey
  • Punt, pass, and kick
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball (sand and court)
  • Wallyball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • All Seasons Arena
  • Blakeslee Stadium
  • The Diamond at Gage Towers
  • Highland Center
  • Highland Center Pool
  • MSU Baseball Complex
  • Myers Field House
  • Otto Recreation Center
  • Pennington Hall
  • The Pitch at Gage Towers
  • Racquetball courts
  • Taylor Center
  • Verizon Wireless Center
Most Popular Sports
Hockey and men's and women's basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Swimming, rugby, and lacrosse
School Spirit
Students show a lot of spirit and you'll see MSU apparel every day. Minnesota State students also bond together over their dislike of the University of Minnesota.
Getting Tickets
There are free tickets to every game. Students can normally just show up to games, except hockey. If you want to go to a hockey game, you'll actually have to stand in line to get tickets for those games, and they go fast.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 6% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 58% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 37% 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 52 responses

  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 42% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 33% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 52 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 63% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 21% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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