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4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are extremely popular. However, I disagree with charging $300+ in "athletic fees" each semester, since I've been to 1 football game during the year and a half I have been here.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: UCF has tons of school spirit , especially during football season. The main grass area is always covered in fans who tailgate before games. Many school related items are given out during these events, which keeps it exciting to attend. The large arenas are perfect for any kind of sport to be played. The facilities on campus for athletes are large and accommodating. Many students get involved during games and events since it is a perfect time to volunteer or support the school.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I love it. Getting to watch the UCF guys Basketball team play, and the football games. Students get in for FREE!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics here are truly great! There is an opportunity for anyone who is interested and you are able to either be part of the school teams or just intramural teams. The gym is probably one of the best gyms in the country. It is very modern, very diverse and there is always availability.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports aren't a big part of campus life here, which was very disappointing to me when I arrived on campus.

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While most students couldn't tell you a thing about the athletes at UCF, they definitely could talk your ear off about their tailgating experiences. Students anticipate the football season and the tailgating parties that precede the games. The drinking and partying that takes place on the field outside the stadium often prevents students from actually attending the football game itself due to their high levels of intoxication. This is a problem that UCF officials and UCF administration are trying to correct.

The attendance at games is poor for all sports. UCF lacks spirit probably due to the fact that the school isn't ranked that high in popular sports such as basketball and football. But they have the ability to improve, and they're doing so every year. The baseball team is actually really good at UCF, as are the cheerleading squad and the Ultimate Frisbee team. For dedicated UCF fans, there are teams out there worth cheering for. Students who partake in IM sports enjoy the competitive atmosphere and like forming teams with their friends.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
School Colors
Black and gold
School Nickname
A knight named Knightro
Men Playing Varsity Sports
214 - 1%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
191 - 1%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 86
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 34
Cross Country/Track: 47
Other Sports: 162
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 46%
Basketball: 33%
Baseball: 33%
Cross Country/Track: 29%
Other Sports: 54%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Butokukan
  • Crew
  • Cuong Nhu
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Ice hockey
  • Kendo
  • Kiteboarding
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Rock climbing
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Surf
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bocce ball
  • Bowling
  • Cornhole
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Kickball
  • Mini-golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weightlifting
  • Wiffleball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bright House Networks Stadium
  • Jay Bergman Field
  • Lake Pickett
  • Nicholson Fieldhouse
  • Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Rio Pinar Country Club
  • Stoneybrook Golf Club
  • UCF Arena
  • UCF Golf Practice Facility
  • UCF Intercollegiate Rowing Center
  • UCF Softball Complex
  • UCF Tennis Complex
  • UCF Track and Soccer Complex
  • The Venue and UCF Basketball Practice Facility
  • Wayne Densch Sports Center
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, basketball, football
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's rugby, the cheerleading team, and IM ultimate Frisbee, as well as the men's crew club, which has won more state championships than any other UCF team.
School Spirit
Every fall semester, UCF has a designated week called Spirit Week. The week ends with the homecoming football game. Each night of Spirit Week, a different event takes place. An outdoor movie is shown on campus ground in front of the Arena one night. Another night, a well-known comedian (Dave Attell and Bill Maher have performed in the past) usually performs in the arena, often accompanied by a popular band (Busta Rhymes and 311 have played in the past). A skit night/competition is held in the arena (dominated by Greek organizations) during the week, as well.

The highlight of Spirit Week is "Spirit Splash." On this one ccasion, students are permitted to jump into the Reflection Pond. Special preparation goes into this event, and thousands of students join in the fun and jump in the fountain while a band plays in the background. A pep rally hypes up the crowd for the homecoming game. A parade is held before the big game, complete with many decorated floats. Many of the floats are built by UCF students that are members of a fraternity or sorority. Spirit Week is a blast! Be sure to get a free T-shirt with the homecoming theme printed on it. T-shirts are given out throughout the week.
Getting Tickets
All UCF students get into athletic events for free with their school IDs. For non-students, there is a TicketMaster on campus or you can order them on-line off the UCF Web site. Tickets are reasonably priced from $5-$15.
Best Place to Take a Walk
If you like woods, then you're in luck-there are miles of trails on UCF's property that aren't developed. If you're not the woods type and are just looking for eye candy, then walk from the student union to the gym. This takes you past the meal plan, so you can also see if there is anything good on the menu.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 1,243 responses

  • 9% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 69% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 21% 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 1,243 responses

  • 30% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 45% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 24% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 1,243 responses

  • 34% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 59% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 5% 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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