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5 College Senior

Athletics: University of Missouri - Columbia is in the SEC which is a very competitive. This makes the sports action very exciting.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everywhere you go in Columbia you see students, fans, parents, strangers all wearing those same two colors- black and gold. The amount of school spirit and support that's shown by the community is truly a unique component of Mizzou. Every football game and men's basketball game is packed! There are special clubs on campus that are specifically designed to support the varsity sports, there are intramural teams to join, and we have some truly amazing athletes on campus. Including the adapted sports like Wheelchair Basketball. Sports can become a part of the college experience for anyone at Mizzou.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I didn't participate much in the athletics. There's plenty of school spirit and atheletic facilites are great, but I was never a part of the athletics scene.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football is the main sport here. The games are fun to watch and a big part of school spirit. The other sports, however, do not get much attention. Lots of students participate in sports and because of this school spirit is a very prominent part of Mizzou life. On the other hand, intramurals and club sports are almost inexistant.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at Mizzou are a big part of our school


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The MU sports program is a well-known and respected program. The football games bring out many fans, especially during Homecoming. Football games are usually packed, and tailgating starts early and ends late into the night. Traffic is the only problem during football months. School spirit is very high during football season. Most students are pure Tigers at heart; many alumni come back every weekend for the games. Students are proud of their teams and what they accomplish. In recent years, basketball has not been as prominent, but students still support their basketball team. 

The intramural and club sports are popular. The recreation center provides sign-ups for intramural volleyball, basketball, Frisbee, soccer, and flag football. The only issue you might have is finding people to play and show up at the designated game times. Students have a lot of fun with these sports and make new friends. The athletic facilities are very clean and up-to-date.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southeastern Conference
Basketball: Southeastern Conference
School Colors
Black and MU gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
341 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
195 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 94
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 38
Cross Country/Track: 62
Other Sports: 203
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 65%
Basketball: 57%
Baseball: 30%
Cross Country/Track: 80%
Other Sports: 67%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bass fishing
  • Boffer
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Climbing
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Jujitsu (Kodenkan)
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Paintball
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Shooting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Strength
  • Swimming
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Water skiing and wakeboarding
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • A.L. Gustin Golf Course
  • Audrey J. Walton Track/Soccer Field/Stadium
  • Brewer Fieldhouse
  • Devine Pavilion
  • Green Tennis Center
  • Hearnes Center
  • Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field
  • Mizzou Aquatics Center
  • Mizzou Arena
  • Mizzou Athletics Training Complex
  • Stankowski Field
  • Student Rec Center
  • Taylor Stadium/Simmons Field
  • University Field
Most Popular Sports
Football is the most popular sport on campus, with basketball coming in second. Students get very pumped up for football season.
Most Overlooked Teams
The women's volleyball team is really talented, and the games are quite entertaining.
School Spirit
A lot of the spirit at Mizzou is very real. The school has been cultivating a competitive sports atmosphere for decades, which means generation after generation grows up loving the Tigers. When students get to the school, that passion is amplified by the fact that they actually go to school with the athletes they've been idolizing for years. During football and basketball games, students become emotionally invested in the action on the field. The result of the match could alter their mood for the next couple of days.
Getting Tickets
The easiest way to get tickets for Mizzou sporting events is to buy an all-sports pass. For around $200, you get to go to every sporting event available on campus, including basketball and football. For basketball and football, however, you need to go to the Hearnes Center to pick up the tickets. It is recommended that you get football tickets early, or your seats will be bad. For basketball, however, it is general admission.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Stankowski Field

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 274 responses

  • 29% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 61% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 9% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 274 responses

  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 55% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 31% 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 275 responses

  • 68% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 29% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 2% 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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