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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Don't know much about the athletics other than games.

5 College Senior

Athletics: School spirit is huge here. Everyone is very prideful of the athletics and dedicated to supporting every team.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's Nebraska. The entire state lives for Husker football, and the crowds are routinely great for other sports as well

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I mean, it's Nebraska. Come on. If not football, then volleyball or basketball, even soccer is bringing in crowds now. Intramurals are huge. Yeah. We like sports.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football is everything at Nebraska. Even throughout the state- the entire state- everyone pauses their Saturdays to watch the game. In some small towns, places are closed because Football Saturdays are essentially a "religious day", as some see it. As you walk throughout Nebraska on football Saturdays, it's kind of like St. Pattie's day- if you're not wearing Husker red, you're out of place.


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Students are well aware that, to the rest of the world, Nebraska is synonymous with Husker football. Athletics are a typical UNL student’s pride and joy. Even if they’re not on a sports scholarship, many UNL students are active in their own sport, whether through one of the many popular intramural sports offered or through one of the best recreational centers in the nation.

In Nebraska, countless songs have been composed about the “Sea of Red” at Husker games at Memorial Stadium. There are only a few spectacles—the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and the Running of the Bulls. for examples—that are more breathtaking than 100,000 screaming Nebraskans all in scarlet. The school spirit is addictive, and even the most apathetic sports fans can’t help but jump out of their seats and yell, “Go Big Red!”

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Ten Conference
Basketball: Big Ten Conference
School Colors
Scarlet and cream
School Nickname
Herbie Husker
Men Playing Varsity Sports
395 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
258 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 88
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 41
Cross Country/Track: 71
Other Sports: 185
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 65%
Basketball: 60%
Baseball: 29%
Cross Country/Track: 46%
Other Sports: 49%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rifle
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Bowling (men's)
  • Climbing
  • Crew
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Rifle
  • Rugby
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Sport officials
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's, women's)
  • Water polo
  • Air rifle
  • Archery
  • Around-the-World roundball shootout
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Battleship
  • Bench press
  • Bouldering
  • Broomball
  • Chess
  • Climbing wall
  • Cross country
  • Dodgeball
  • Fitness challenge
  • Flag football
  • Foosball
  • Football pick-em
  • Free throw contest
  • Golf
  • Laser quest
  • Mini-golf
  • Obstacle course
  • Placekicking
  • Pool
  • Punt, pass, and kick
  • Quickball
  • Racquetball
  • Rifle shoot
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Sports trivia
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track (indoor)
  • Tug-of-war
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bowlin Stadium
  • Campus Recreation Center
  • Challenge Course
  • Cook Pavilion
  • Devaney Center
  • Devaney Center Indoor Track
  • Devaney Center Natatorium
  • East Campus Activities Center
  • East Campus Bowling Lanes
  • Ed Weir Stadium
  • Firethorn Golf Course
  • Gass Practice Fields
  • Hawks Championship Center
  • Hawks Field at Haymarket Park
  • Mabel Lee Fields
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Myers Performance Center
  • Ndamukong Suh Strength & Conditioning Center
  • Nebraska Rifle Range
  • Nebraska Soccer Field
  • Nebraska Student Life Complex
  • Nebraska Tennis Center
  • Nebraska Varsity Courts
  • NU Coliseum
  • Osborne Athletic Complex
  • Pioneers Park
  • Wilderness Ridge Golf Course
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, football, men's basketball, and volleyball.
Most Overlooked Teams
The women's bowling team.
School Spirit
Husker sports-mainly football-are HUGE. Football Saturdays are when most students and fans get the most pumped. It is almost impossible to not get caught up in excitement of wearing red and screaming at the top of your lungs. Sitting in the student section of a Husker game is an experience that cannot be experienced elsewhere.
Getting Tickets
Upperclassmen get priority when ordering football and volleyball tickets, but they can be hard to impossible to get. However, if you are willing to pay the price, tickets can be found (depending on the game, of course). Otherwise, students can get into other sporting events for free or discounted prices.
Best Place to Take a Walk
East Campus has the most scenery to look at on either campus. There are also plenty of bike trails around Lincoln if you want to get off campus.
Did You Know?
Tommy Lee tried out and made the Husker band as part of the drumline. After the game, he headed down to O Street and shared a few drinks with his fellow band members.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 231 responses

  • 44% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 52% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 5% 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 231 responses

  • 14% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 63% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 23% 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 230 responses

  • 43% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 46% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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