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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not into sports at this university, but I do enjoy Ping, which is the fitness center for all students on campus. They have great options for a variety of workouts, whether they be individual or group activities. All facilities and classes offered are free-of-charge to students, which is wonderful.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I wish we were more of a sports school, but most of the time people only go to the games for free food.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Wide variety of club and intra-mural sports as well as pick up games available at Ping Center

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I think certain sports have big student involvement

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not very interested in athletics, so this aspect of my school does not intrigue me much.


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If you are looking for a school with obsessed football fans who never miss a game and tailgate into the wee hours of the morning, look elsewhere. Sports are just not that big of a draw for OU students. Sure, there are pretty big crowds for the Miami and Homecoming games, but other than that, the bleachers are most often filled with more Athens citizens than students. Basketball draws a little more student support, thanks to the O-Zone student section, but for the most part, students are not die-hard OU sports fans. Interestingly enough, OU's marching band, the Marching 110, is more popular than most sports teams, thanks to their energetic, eccentric performances. They're so popular that a lot of people go to the football games just to watch the band; after their performances during halftime, people actually get up and leave!

On the other hand, intramural sports are really popular, so if you don't have the time (or talent) to play varsity, join one of the many intramural teams at OU. Students really get into their teams, and the competition is always fun and friendly. They are a great way to get your sports fix, meet people, and get a good workout. The same goes for club sports, especially the rugby teams, which have some of the wildest parties on campus. So, before you count out sports at OU, consider IM and club, both of which have a lot to offer students.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-American Conference
Basketball: Mid-American Conference
School Nickname
The Bobcat
Men Playing Varsity Sports
254 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
199 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 88
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 29
Cross Country/Track: 51
Other Sports: 180
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 65%
Basketball: 43%
Baseball: 60%
Cross Country/Track: 72%
Other Sports: 76%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Boxing
  • Crew (men's and women's)
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Mountain biking
  • Paintball
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball (fast pitch)
  • Synchronized skating
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Waterskiing
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Broomball
  • Cornhole
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • The Aquatic Center
  • Bird Ice Arena
  • Charles J. Ping Student Recreation Center
  • The Golf and Tennis Center
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football, swimming & diving, rugby
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, soccer
School Spirit
Though spirit for the athletic teams is lacking at OU, it can't be denied that students bleed green and white. OU students are proud of their school, and students are generally happy with the choice they made. It is pretty hard to find someone who doesn't love going to OU. Many students rarely leave campus, even to go home to see family! The sentimental attachment is even more obvious when the impending graduation creeps up on seniors. Right around graduation day, many students (guys and girls) can be seen literally sobbing over their beers because soon they'll have to leave their beloved school.
Getting Tickets
Getting tickets to a sporting event isn't really necessary, unless it's a big-draw game like Homecoming or against OU's rival, the Miami (of Ohio) Redhawks. Usually the bleachers, which can seat 24,000, are rarely packed. But go ahead and snag some tickets (free for students) before heading to the aforementioned big games just in case.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway, which is simply known as the bike path, winds for 17 miles around campus along the Hocking River, making it a prime spot to rollerblade, bike, or take a leisurely stroll.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 316 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 49% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 43% 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 316 responses

  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 39% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 34% 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 316 responses

  • 15% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 68% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 16% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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