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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school spirit for basketball is unrivaled nationally.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Everyone at UK bleeds blue and you can see that throughout the campus.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Big Blue Nation is the best. We have one of the best fan base in the world, in every sports there a lot of people who comes out and support our teams.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The University of Kentucky has a great athletics program. Many fans come from all over and they cheer on on of the best teams in the nation. Especially when it comes to basketball season, that is when the fans come out and cheer the Wildcat on! Many students will camp out to get tickets to games or they will just buy season tickets. The school spirit at this school is unbelievable.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: When it comes to athletics....UK is the best! They take pride in the sports they play and it seems everyone stands behind them.


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The truly wonderful thing about Kentucky athletics is having the opportunity to watch basketball and actually play an intramural sport, also. Kentucky basketball is infectious and will bring you to your feet and give you some great memories of your college years, even if you don't like the sport all that much. The football team doesn't exactly have a winning record, but the fans are die hard loyal and don't ever seem to care about what the actual score ends up as. Tailgating at football games is a must. Basketball may be our strong point, but our football tailgates are as good as they get and reason enough to get up and head to the football stadium. After all, school spirit isn't based on winning or losing!

Greek sports and intramurals are a great way to get involved and make some friends while staying in shape. Leagues are easy to form and join, and most schools or organizations have some sort of opportunity for sport. Be ready to wear blue constantly and have your life be dictated by Big Blue Fever. Even if you're not into sports, when you enter Wildcat Country, be prepared to be infused with school spirit!

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southeastern Conference
Basketball: Southeastern Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
309 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
178 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 87
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 35
Cross Country/Track: 46
Other Sports: 179
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 53%
Basketball: 23%
Baseball: 43%
Cross Country/Track: 56%
Other Sports: 59%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Boxing
  • Budo Karate
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Dressage
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Kendo Bu
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paintball
  • Polo
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Saddle-seat
  • Shao-Lin Karate
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Trap and Skeet
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water Ski and Wakeboard
  • Wild Water Cats
  • 2-man shoot-out
  • Basketball
  • Cornhole
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag Football
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Home run derby
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Triathlon
  • Tug-of-war
  • Turkey Trot
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Drive Sports Field
  • Alumni Gym
  • Cliff Hagan Stadium
  • Commonwealth Stadium
  • Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex
  • Joe Craft Center
  • Johnson Center
  • Lancaster Aquatic Center
  • Memorial Coliseum
  • Nutter Center
  • Nutter Field House
  • Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Pieratt Recreation Fields
  • Rupp Arena
  • Seaton Center
  • Shively Outdoor Track
  • Shively Training Facility
  • UK Soccer Complex
  • UK Softball Complex
  • University Club
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football
Most Overlooked Teams
Soccer, Hockey, Rugby
Getting Tickets
Being a student makes it easy to get basketball tickets, but only if you're willing to spend hours in line for them. Football tickets should be bought early and it's worth it to have season tickets to all the home games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Arboretum, downtown, Jacobson Park
Did You Know?
  • At hockey games when the Cool Cats score, the crowd chants, "Hey! You suck!" and a few other choice phrases at the visiting team. The UK hockey fans are notorious throughout the league for being rude, loud, and offensive. They are proud of it.
  • Ashley Judd wears a lucky UK T-shirt to every game she attends.
  • A large intra-state rivalry with the University of Louisville has led many Wildcat fans to dub it as the "University of Loserville."
  • There is not a color that offends a Wildcat fan more than Tennessee Orange.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 336 responses

  • 47% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 47% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 5% 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 336 responses

  • 10% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 59% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% 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 336 responses

  • 39% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 54% 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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