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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: From what I have seen on TV, the student involvement in sports is ridiculous. So many people go out to see our basketball games and football games. Our school is known for basketball though, a lot of celebrities attend our games as well. The gym on campus is so high end. They have a 30ft rock wall and 2 basketball courts. Also, you power the gym's electricity by working out!

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Everyone knows that UK is a huge basketball school. For me, this is matters very little. I am proud of the team and their accomplishments, and I'm proud to be associated with them by virtue of attending the same institution, but my experience at this school has been impacted very little by the sports. I am not a major sports fan and I attend very few games. UK has much more to celebrate than just their athletics; I am most proud to be receiving a top notch education.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The sports are a bug part of the school! However, athlete get treated more highly than other student and it should be fair game all sound. They get free printing and copying. Everyone should!!!!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletes at UK are the best facilities I've been to.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are a big part of campus life


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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 326 responses

  • 48% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 46% 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 326 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.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 326 responses

  • 38% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 55% 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.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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