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Athletics

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Great school spirit! The student athletic facility could use some updating.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: OU has so much school spirit and pride in our sports teams.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't utilize all of the athletic opportunities but it is a great program and allows for a lot of fun activities. Team performance and fan support are really important for this school.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am extremely prejudiced when it comes to OU football; I was raised in a crimson jersey. I do not pay much attention to the other sports categories.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: We have one of the top schools in the country for athletics. Almost every sport is ranked in the top 5 in their sport. (ncaa and club) Football and basketball both finished at #4, mens and women gymnastics won national championships, and so on. Almost every sports team at OU is the top in the country. We also have the best student body and fans. Sooner pride runs deep here.

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Incoming students to OU need to know about one thing above all others: Sooner football. For many, fall semester is just the time between each game, and the OU campus truly comes alive on football weekends. Most students attending OU come from Southern states, and they understand the football culture that lives strong in the South, but OU’s team has the distinction of being labeled by some as the best college team in national history. Students love to get hyped up for big games, and tickets are a must-have for any first-year students. Most games sell out, and the stadium is packed with more than 80,000 fans on select Saturdays throughout the fall. The importance of football can overshadow OU’s other great sports, unfortunately. The men’s basketball team is the second-most popular team on campus, and basketball is the only other sporting event besides football that students need to purchase tickets for. All regular season games for other sports are free. Many enjoy taking advantage of the cheap entertainment these free sporting events offer and go to support the Sooners at tennis, baseball, gymnastics, and track and field.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Twelve Conference
Basketball: Big Twelve Conference
School Colors
Crimson and cream
School Nickname
Sooners
Men Playing Varsity Sports
294 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
284 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 88
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 30
Cross Country/Track: 65
Other Sports: 151
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 37%
Basketball: 67%
Baseball: 10%
Cross Country/Track: 88%
Other Sports: 66%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Crew
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Fishing
  • Ice hockey
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Powerlifting
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (coed and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Pickleball
  • Racquetball
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Barry Switzer Center
  • Basketball Facilities
  • Bud Wilkinson Practice Facility
  • Charlie Coe Golf Center
  • Chesapeake Boathouse
  • Everest Indoor Training Center
  • Freede Sports Medicine Center
  • Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion
  • Headington Family Tennis Center
  • Houston Huffman Fitness Center
  • Intramural Fields
  • Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club
  • John Jacobs Track and Field Complex
  • L. Dale Mitchell Park
  • Lloyd Noble Center
  • McCasland Field House
  • Mosier Indoor Track Facility
  • Murray Case Sells Swim Complex
  • Roy Williams Strength & Speed Complex
  • Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center
  • Siegfried Strength & Conditioning Complex
  • Soccer Complex & John Crain Field
  • Softball Complex & Marita Hynes Field
  • Tennis Courts
Most Popular Sports
Football
Most Overlooked Teams
Rowing
School Spirit
School spirit is huge on campus, especially around football games. There are a lot of things to be proud of at OU, and football games tend to bring out very vocal appreciation for the school. On game days, every student that drinks "pre-games" with their friends at a Greek house or at a tailgate. Every athletic organization is advertised on campus, and all events besides football and men's basketball are free, so students are encouraged to support their teams as much as possible.
Getting Tickets
Students only need tickets for football, basketball, or big end-of-the-season games. Football and basketball tickets are sold in packages during the first week of school, though the high demand necessitates a lottery. Tickets to major games, especially OSU or Texas, are always hard to get, and cost more than double the normal ticket price.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Around campus or Chautauqua, by the Museum of Natural History
Did You Know?
The OU Sooners have won 26 national championships in men's and women's sports with the latest coming in 2008 when the men's gymnastics team won its fifth title in seven years.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 235 responses

  • 37% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 60% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% 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 234 responses

  • 10% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 56% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 33% 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 232 responses

  • 47% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 44% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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