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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm on an athletic team myself and there isn't a lot of school spirit, but the football, baseball, and basketball games I've attended gave out free stuff and were fun!

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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic program at my school is very good! The problem comes from the school spirit.. It is very common for students to only attend 1 or 2 games of any sport over the course of the entire year. I would give this a higher rating if my school cared more about sports. Even though I gave our athletics at our school a bad score, that doesn't mean that it bothers me. I don't mind if our school revolves around sports or not, that wasn't something that was important to me going into my decision of where to attend college.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I didn't have much involvement in this, but from what I heard there were great programs offered.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school definitely chooses to focus a lot more on academics than athletics. Football won nearly every game this season and won our conference yet there were less than 20 students at each game. Our school doesn't have an awesome reputation for sports which causes fan support to be very low.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The only thing that attracts people tot he sporting events is the free food and gifts that you could win. At the last home basketball game they gave free Beyonce tickets, a car, parking space, and airline voucher of $500. Also the football parties are the best!

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School spirit is less than subpar at USD. Even though tickets are free and home games are very well advertised, attendance at these events is always pretty low. There are many teams at USD that boast winning seasons and conference titles, and in 2011, the school was ranked 96th in NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings, which rank schools on their athletics and athlete academics. USD’s athletic program may be well-respected off campus, but on campus, it's hard to find students that have gone to a single sporting event or know how a given team is doing. Frequently, on-campus clubs and the Alumni Association will host tailgates with free food and school gear to increase attendance at important or rival events.

Intramural and club sports at USD have great participation in comparison to the lack of interest in varsity sports. With 21 club and 10 intramural sports from which to choose—including water skiing, horseback riding, surfing, and dodgeball—there is something for everyone. And if none of the existing sports are what you’re into, starting your own is as easy as some paperwork and finding a few friends to join you. If competition isn't your thing, USD offers students Fit & Active passes and recreation classes—semester-long classes, such as Zumba, cycling, massage, sailing, kickboxing, and more than 40 others, which can earn you half a school credit. The athletic facilities on campus are well-maintained and very accessible. There are two gyms for students to use, located by the two main residential areas of campus, and special gyms and weight rooms for student athletes. All of the sports facilities are close to one another and easy to access from anywhere on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Pioneer Football League
Basketball: West Coast Conference
School Colors
Navy, Columbia blue, and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
247 - 11%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
221 - 8%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Climbing Club
  • Dance
  • Dancesport
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Officials club
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • Ski/snowboard
  • Soccer
  • Surfing
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's, women's)
  • Water polo
  • Waterskiing
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Football
  • Innertube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Cunningham Stadium
  • Erg Room
  • Jenny Craig Pavilion
  • McNamara Fitness Room
  • Skip and Cindy Hogan Tennis Center
  • Torero Stadium
  • USD Boat House
  • USD Softball Complex
  • USD Sports Center Pool
  • Varsity Weight Room
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball and women's soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Baseball, golf, tennis
School Spirit
School spirit at USD is lackluster at best. Men's basketball and women's soccer are the most attended games, but even so, it's not rare for fans of the opposing team to outnumber USD fans. When a team has a good season, student response is minimal. Women's basketball and soccer generally finish at the top of the WCC, but, unfortunately, that doesn't seem to increase student interest or attendance at games.
Getting Tickets
Students get free admission to all athletic events. For most games, tickets are available immediately before and require only presenting a current student ID card to the box office attendant. For some popular games, like men's basketball against SDSU or Gonzaga, tickets are available for pick up from the box office up to about 10 days before the event. Student tickets rarely sell out.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Tecolote Canyon, to the Reflection Pool behind the IPJ, on the beach

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 169 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 12% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 63% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 25% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 171 responses

  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 19% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 53% 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 170 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 48% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 36% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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