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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have a pretty great gym.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The student recreation center is pretty new, but it comes at a fee on top of tuition. There are lots of options; plenty of machines, an indoor track, rock wall, many studios, basketball gyms, tennis courts, pool and hot tub, beach volleyball court, etc. You'll never get bored, even as a nonathlete! There are lots of classes and demos to help get into the fit lifestyle as well.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Our athletics program is a works in progress when it comes to school spirit. We have some really amazing teams but games aren't as impacted as compared to other schools. Can be fun to watch, but would be great if more people went to support.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Intramural sports are very competitive at UCR, much like varsity sports. The people come out and support whenever there are games.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't necessarily engage in the athletics portion of my school, but the gymnasiums and various fields/courts they offer are well-beyond average.


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UCR doesn't have a football team; thus, there is nothing that resembles the typical image of college sports fans, even for the relatively popular basketball and soccer teams. The last time the University fielded a football team was in the '70s, a fact that has become an inside joke through the selling of T-shirts that read: “UCR Football—Undefeated Since 1975." Support for athletics is on the rise, however, since UCR moved to Division I in 2000, and the top-notch quality of the athletic facilities reflects this.

Basketball is easily the most popular varsity sport, but intramural sports are equally well-liked and enjoyed. The Greek community especially gets into the school spirit by having an annual sports week of its own. Officially, all sports team members are called Highlanders, but the name is affectionately used for any and all supporters. Overall, sports are not as big at UCR compared to other UC schools, but it's a great place to attend for those who enjoy playing IM sports.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Big West Conference
School Colors
Sky blue and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
131 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
144 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Karate
  • Kendo
  • Rugby
  • Soccer (men's, women's)
  • Surfing
  • Taekwondo
  • Volleyball (women's)
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Run n shoot
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Amy S. Harrison Softball Field
  • Residence hall gyms
  • Riverside Sports Complex
  • Student Recreation Center Tennis Courts
  • UCR Soccer Stadium
  • UCR Student Recreation Center
  • UCR Track & Field Complex
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, soccer, volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Tennis, track and field, softball
School Spirit
Over the years, UCR school spirit has become increasingly stronger. Although UCR does not have a football team, a number of students stand strong behind the basketball team and attend the games. Recently, a promotion for school spirit was started: "Show Your Pride for R'Side." Every Wednesday, students are encouraged to wear an article of clothing with a UCR emblem to show off their support for UCR.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are easy to obtain and range from $4 to $10, depending on the game. Season tickets range from $100 to $150. For ticket information, call (951) 827-4653.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Tour the UCR Botanic Gardens or hike to the "C."
Did You Know?
In 1954, when UCR opened its doors, the student body began a quest to find the right mascot for the new campus. A write-in campaign led by the men's basketball team suggested the name "Hylanders," which was adjusted to its current spelling-"Highlanders"-and won easily when brought to a student vote.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 290 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 28% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 59% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 12% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 289 responses

  • 28% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 21% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 47% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 289 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 60% 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.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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