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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: not very much school spirit and no football team

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I have only attended one sporting event thus far and it was enjoyable. Lot's of school spirit.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Personally I don't know because I don't participate in sports

3 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of sports facility for students

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Facilities are fantastic, school spirit is almost nonexistent. Plenty of IM and Club sports, as well as rec classes (i'm learning to surf, planning to improve in rock climbing, my friend did aerial silks, etc.).


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Athletics have become a joke at UCSD. Although the University moved from Division III to Division II in 2000, sports have very little support around campus. There is no football team, and although some of the teams have done very well in competition and have gone on to the national level, no one pays attention. Unfortunately, the athletic teams receive very little funding, and there are no scholarships given out for athletics. Those who play on a team seem to enjoy it, but everyone else is oblivious to the sports on campus.

Intramural (IM) sports are a consistent favorite around campus. There is a large variety of sports played, and surprisingly, one of the most popular is coed innertube water polo. Intramural teams can be made up of friends, members of the same college, or complete strangers. Playing IMs is a great way to meet new people, spend time with friends, or relieve some stress. If you want to participate but want something less competitive or time-consuming, there are numerous sports and fitness classes offered at RIMAC and the Old Gym. Students enjoy cheap or free classes in anything from ballroom dancing to karate to weightlifting. Organized sports at UCSD are not popular, but physical fitness and keeping in shape is important to most students.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Division II Independents
School Colors
Navy and gold
School Nickname
Triton (official); the Sun God (unofficial)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
290 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
262 - 2%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Dancesport
  • Equestrian
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Table tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Water skiing
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Canyon View Recreation Center
  • Old Gym
Most Popular Sports
Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, and surfing
Most Overlooked Teams
Basketball and swimming
School Spirit
Normally, UCSD is not very spirited. However, at certain events throughout the year school spirit becomes more prevalent. Freshmen or other people living on campus have more of a spirited attitude about UCSD, which usually begins to wane after they move off campus. The Unolympic games are held during Welcome Week of every year and are dominated by freshmen, but anyone can participate. At the Unolympic games each college competes against the others in games such as tug of war and wrestling. The best college wins the Golden Shoe, an old gym shoe spray painted gold, which they proudly display in their buildings. Occasionally, the Golden Shoe is stolen during the year by a losing college. Every year, there is a Spirit Week on campus. Each college picks a theme and decorates its part of the campus. There are events during the day on Library Walk, and the week concludes with a basketball game. The event with the most school spirit is the Sun God Festival. This is popular for all students, not just those living on campus. Campus is always filled on the Sun God Festival with students having a good time and participating in events all over campus. The day concludes with a concert at RIMAC field.
Getting Tickets
Box Offices are located at Price Center or RIMAC for students to purchace tickets. Most of the games at UCSD are free or only a couple of dollars to attend. Check out, call (858) 534-4211, or e-mail for prices and times.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Black's Beach (stretches of Black's beach are nude).

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 304 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 11% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 61% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 29% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 304 responses

  • 27% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 16% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 54% 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 304 responses

  • 15% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 52% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 26% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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