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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are a big deal so the support, participation, spirit, and performance is amazing.

4 College Senior

Athletics: there is huge fan and student support and involvement

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not really a student who keeps up with what is going on in the world of sports around campus, but I would say that the student involvement is mediocre, somewhat average. I see many people supporting the teams on campus and off campus, and the school spirit is average. But I also feel that I cannot give an accurate review because I do not involve myself with campus sports.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: UNLV has a great varsity sports presence and a strong student following.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Although I am not an athlete myself by any means, from what I can observe it seems that UNLV takes great pride in its athletic programs. Not only does it showcase its teams on billboards on and around the Strip, but it also encourages its students to take part be it on the courts or in the audience.


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UNLV athletics have room for improvement, as far as the play of the teams goes. However, UNLV sports are improving greatly. Though few know it, the big sports aren't the only improving athletics at UNLV. Everyone here seems to want there to be more school spirit, but there has been little done in the past few years to encourage or promote full blown-out athletic events like other state schools. It's not to say there is no knowledge or support for the athletics. In every class, you will probably meet an athlete of varsity or intramural level, and there are more than enough willing to start new club or IM sports. So, if you were an athlete in high school, there is opportunity to keep that up here at UNLV.

Over the last few years, UNLV has hired many elite coaches with Lon Krugar (basketball) and Utah's former offensive coordinator, Mike Sanford (football) being the two biggest. With the attendance not as high as UNLV would hope at most of their sporting events, Hamrick even hired new marketing people to help move this along. As soon as students start attending the UNLV games, sports will be improved tremendously around campus.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mountain West Conference
Basketball: Mountain West Conference
School Colors
Scarlet and gray
School Nickname
Rebel (his name is Hey Reb)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
224 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
213 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 97
Basketball: 38
Baseball: 29
Cross Country/Track: 20
Other Sports: 150
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 50%
Basketball: 20%
Baseball: 29%
Cross Country/Track: 14%
Other Sports: 73%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Boxing
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Capoeira
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Powerlifting
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's)
  • Skydiving
  • Smash
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Water polo
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bocce ball
  • Bowling
  • Chess
  • Cornhole
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Home run derby
  • Horseshoes
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Ladder golf
  • Mini golf
  • Oozeball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Cox Pavillion
  • McDermott Physical Education Complex
  • Sam Boyd Stadium
  • Student Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Thomas & Mack Center
Most Popular Sports
The most popular sports at UNLV are basketball and football. The football team is not the greatest but is showing signs of improvement. Basketball has been the school's most popular sport since its championship run in 1990 and has continued to stay strong, winning the Mountain West Conference in 2008.
Most Overlooked Teams
Year-in and year-out, UNLV produces a golf team that competes for national titles. The men's swimming and diving team has championed the Mountain West Conference for more than three years, and the tennis and baseball teams perform well, but not enough people know it.
School Spirit
The nickname Rebels was given to UNLV athletic teams because the school rebelled against the older UNR. Hey Reb, known for his long white mustache and wide-brimmed cowboy hat, became the school's official mascot in the early 1980s. UNLV's first mascot was Beauregard the cartoon wolf, dressed in a gray military field jacket and Confederate cap. As UNLV pointedly rebelled against the older UNR, the Confederate Beau became the school's mascot as a jab at UNR's northern looking wolf pack mascot. Beau was replaced when a group of black athletes complained of having a mascot that represented the wrong side of the Civil War. Though Beauregard was replaced in the early 1970s, his memory lives on in the original basketball court floor, which is now the Barrick Museum floor.
Getting Tickets
Students have access to all Rebel games for free and can pick up tickets before or at the game with student ID. You will have to sit in the student-only area, but it's the best spot to be-the students paint their faces and sing the fight song.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, Mt. Charleston North and South Loops, and the Wetlands

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 348 responses

  • 5% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 57% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 34% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 347 responses

  • 15% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 33% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 48% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 347 responses

  • 13% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 63% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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