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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our school is big on football and basketball events for everyone interested, but they aren't shoved down uninterested people's throats.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: San Diego State University has an outstanding Athletics program. The school has an immense amount of school spirit and pride. We also have an amazing Recreational center as well as great intramural sports teams. In addition we have an exceptional basketball team who has won several tournaments in the past years,

4 College Junior

Athletics: There's so much school spirit! Everyone is encouraged to go to the games and everyones wants to go. It helps when the teams do good though.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Great school spirit and team players!

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I don't attend the main athletic facility so I can't say how it is with accuracy, but it requires paid membership


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The athletic program at San Diego State is slowly becoming a successful Division I competitor. The men and women’s basketball are well overlooked and underrated, and the soccer and baseball teams are up and coming. Though football brings the crowd and fans to games, it still has yet to be a strong contender in the Mountain West Conference. Home games can be exciting, especially when we are squaring off against big teams, such as UCLA. Even if the Aztecs don’t win, it is still an enjoyable way to spend an evening, as long as you’re not a sore loser. Despite the fact that San Diego State doesn't bring student fans like teams in the Pac-10 or Big East, the student section here is finally filling up its seats. 

A lot of students participate in intramural sports on campus, and they are a good way to keep in shape while having fun. Overall, they tend to get very competitive. Groups of friends usually form teams and participate in sports that they excel in. Club sports are a great option for students who specialize in specific sports offered, and they tend to fill the void left by a somewhat lack of varsity sports.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mountain West Conference
Basketball: Mountain West Conference
School Colors
Black and red
School Nickname
Monty Montezuma
Men Playing Varsity Sports
222 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
269 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 83
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 30
Cross Country/Track: 22
Other Sports: 183
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 50%
Basketball: 100%
Baseball: 22%
Cross Country/Track: 50%
Other Sports: 58%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Crew (men's)
  • Cycling/triathlon
  • Dance
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby
  • Ski and snowboard
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Surfing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Waterskiing
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • White-water rafting
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Aztec Athletics Center
  • Aztec Recreation Center (ARC)
  • Aztecs Aquaplex
  • Peterson Gymnasium
  • Qualcomm Stadium
  • SDSU Practice Facility
  • Tennis and Softball Complex
  • Tony Gwynn Stadium
  • Viejas Arena
Most Popular Sports
Football, basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Soccer has been extremely competitive in the Pac-10 Conference, and baseball is earning respect under the coaching staff of former San Diego Padre, Tony Gwinn.
School Spirit
School spirit is generally a lightly felt presence. The majority of the campus is divided into cliques, and they have spirit only for themselves. Sorority sisters and fraternity brothers have "Greek spirit." Athletes and their fans tend to have spirit for their particular sports, and partygoers will have undeniable spirit for the keggers and beer blasts. Walking around campus, you'll notice that the student body appears quite apathetic, though if you ask them individually, they'll tell you they love their school.
Getting Tickets
Students are given free tickets to games. To purchase other tickets, visit, Viajas Arena box office, or Student Services Box Office.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Walks and runs through campus are common, avoid taking runs around the College Area because it isn't the safest area in San Diego, especially at night.
Did You Know?
  • The University's first sport was rowing, but there were no coaches.
  • The school's first colors were white and gold.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 381 responses

  • 8% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 72% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 18% 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 380 responses

  • 16% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 47% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 36% 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 380 responses

  • 22% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 65% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 11% 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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