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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball is definitely the most fan-supported sport on campus, but all sports have a significant number of fans.

3 College Senior

Athletics: The Blvd. is always packed with people before the football games, but not near as many people attend the actual football game. Our basketball team is pretty amazing!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football team is lacking, but basketball team seems to be pretty good

3 College Senior

Athletics: Some individuals are really into the sports at my school while others are more into the arts. Personally, I'm not really interested in sports, it was why I chose my school. They emphasized the academics over sports during their orientation.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Being in an arts major, I am very jealous of the athletes and often frustrated with how much better they are taken care of than dancers.


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SMU is still attempting to recover from the football saga of 1987, where the NCAA punished SMU's football team with the "death penalty," sanctioning the team for one year. SMU has had several setbacks within the past two decades. The school has joined the Western Athletic Conference, changed coaches, and moved to a new stadium. Recently, SMU saw its first win in the fourth game of the season and experienced the ritual of taking down the goal posts for the first time. This may seem a bit overdramatic for other schools that are used to going home happy, but for SMU, it was a milestone. Faith in the team and attendance may finally have a chance.

Where there's a will, there's a way . . . well, maybe to tailgate incessantly. SMU is home to some of the top teams in the nation, yet the majority of students would rather check out the weekend bar specials than actually go to a sporting event. In the past, some of the school's athletes competed in the Olympics. It is surprising that the athletes are doing so well, because if they were to look up into the stands, they might become discouraged by such a low turnout. Football only stands a chance because there is somewhat of a pre-party before the game with tailgating. Maybe if $1 beer specials were offered to students at all sporting events, the attendance would not be so depressing. The ability to be a sports-oriented school is on the tips of the students' fingers, but SMU is still waiting for the students to rise to the occasion.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
214 - 8%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
198 - 6%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Crew
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Mr. and Mrs. SMU Body Building Championship
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Wakeboarding
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
Dedman Center
Most Popular Sports
If tailgating could be considered a varsity sport, it would be the most populated and all-time favorite event of the general student body. Football generally receives the highest attendance by students, especially since tailgating precedes the game. All the other sports tend to have their regular followers, but their attendance is nowhere near that of football's.
Most Overlooked Teams
The soccer team, along with the swimming and diving team, do not receive the attention they deserve. Both have been ranked within the top 25 teams in the nation, and they improve every year. However, many students still choose not to attend.
School Spirit
Students may not be able to recite and sing the "Pony Battle Cry," but they can tell you about several of the top programs in the nation and how worthwhile it is to attend SMU. School spirit may be mediocre most of the time, but after SMU wins a football game, there are cheery faces all over campus for quite a while. The milestone for most people is that SMU has won at least one game. Slowly but steadily, SMU is on its way to possible mediocrity in terms of football, however, school spirit needs to rise a few notches. Students are proud to say that they attend SMU when applying for internships and jobs because the name bears more than athletic apathy. Nothing can stop SMU students from gathering to celebrate; this is evident in most of the large social events on campus.
Getting Tickets
Student tickets are unnecessary for most sporting events, such as swimming or diving meets and soccer games. For basketball and football games, a student ticket can be obtained at the actual event or at the Mane Desk in Hughes-Trigg. All tickets and sporting events are free for students. If you have a friend coming to town, it is easy to get them a free ticket as well. Go to the Mane Desk or the ticket office at the event.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Katy Trail, White Rock Lake, SMU (thanks to the plethora of greenery), residential neighborhoods surrounding the school.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 112 responses

  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 38% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 54% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 4% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 111 responses

  • 29% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 26% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 44% 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 113 responses

  • 32% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 61% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 6% 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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