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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit at the University of Texas at Austin is insane. We are so proud of our school and will be loyal to the death. Football is a huge part of campus life.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There are a lot of athletic options if you are interested in athletics.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: Sports are a big thing at my university and are the center of most traditions and school spirit. Students, however, focus on their studies unimpeded.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: University of Texas athletics are some of the best in the country.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Go longhorns, and the gyms are big enough and there are many

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If you come to Texas apathetic about sports, you are 1) crazy, and 2) missing out on some great games, fine athletes, and fun times. Buy a sports package—it gives you the opportunity to draw for tickets for all of the major varsity sports games. Football at Texas is huge, even when it's are not ranked, though this has not been the case, especially since we won the National Championship in 2006. Basketball fans are almost as rowdy and, in 2003, both men’s and women’s basketball made it to the Final 4. Our baseball team doesn’t gather as many fans as it should considering we won the College World Series in 2002 and regularly make it to Omaha for the final tournament. However, the boys at Disch-Falk do have their loyal following.

Especially under-appreciated are the swimming and diving teams, which are often Big 12 champs but never get the recognition they deserve, aside from a lighting of the Tower orange every year. Women’s rowing has also grown a lot in the past few years, and their team generally does pretty well. They also do not get the credit that they deserve. Intramurals are very popular within the Greek community, dorm communities, and campus organizations. Texas also has many club teams that do very well, including men’s rowing, men’s volleyball, and watersking. If you have time, you should check out one of the club team tournaments in addition to all of varsity teams’ games.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Twelve Conference
Basketball: Big Twelve Conference
School Nickname
Bevo the Longhorn
Men Playing Varsity Sports
269 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
268 - 1%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 86
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 38
Cross Country/Track: 58
Other Sports: 188
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 28%
Basketball: 25%
Baseball: 15%
Cross Country/Track: 56%
Other Sports: 70%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Ballet Folklorico
  • Ballroom dance
  • Baseball
  • Bass team
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Handball
  • Ice hockey
  • Japanese karate
  • Judo
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Marathon team
  • Polo
  • Powerlifting
  • Racquetball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing club
  • Sailing team
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do (ITF and WTF)
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Waterskiing
  • Wrestling
  • Wushu
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Anna Hiss Gym
  • Bellmont Hall
  • Clark Field
  • Gregory Gym
  • Jamail Texas Swimming Center
  • Penick–Allison Tennis Center
  • PRC Commons Rec Center (PRC)
  • Recreational Sports Center (the Rec)
  • Whitaker Fields
  • Whitaker Tennis
Most Popular Sports
Definitely football, basketball, baseball
Most Overlooked Teams
Swimming & diving, volleyball, rowing
Getting Tickets
Students can order the Longhorn All-Sports Package with their registration for only $70. This makes students eligible for the draw for tickets for all home games for all UT sports. It is a great investment, as regular tickets for every game would greatly exceed the $70 cost. However, student season tickets are really the more important investment because you are guaranteed the same seats for every game, you don't have to go through the draw, you can make a block with your friends, and you can get a ticket for the OU and for the A&M games. This is definitely the way to go. However, if you are not an upperclassman, don't expect to get the best seats.
Best Place to Take a Walk
South Mall, Pease Park (west of campus, near Lamar Boulevard), the indoor track in Gregory Gym, from campus to the Capital Building, up and down the Drag
Did You Know?
  • While Ricky Williams was playing for Texas, many people called him "little Earl" because his awesome playing style was reminiscent of another UT running back, Earl Campbell. While Earl Campbell was playing football at Texas he was awarded the Heisman Trophy, and is the only Longhorn to have won the O'Brien Memorial Trophy for the outstanding player in the southwest.
  • Ricky Williams was not only awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1998, but he also won the Doak Walker award for the best college running back in both 1997 and 1998. Also in 1998, he received the Maxwell award, which honors the nation's outstanding college football player. Ricky is also the only University of Texas player to win The Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year trophy, which is awarded to the nation's top player who has exemplified the qualities of self-discipline, unselfish team play, desire to excel, mature judgement and respected leadership.
  • The Longhorns also have two winners of the Lombardi Trophy, Tony Degrate in 1984, and Kenneth Sims in 1981. Tommy Nobis, like Ricky Williams, was awarded the Maxwell award in 1965. Three Longhorns have also won the Outland Trophy-Scott Appleton in 1963, Tommy Nobis in 1965, and Brad Shearer in 1977.
  • Fourteen Longhorns can be found in the National Football Hall of Fame.
  • The Texas Longhorns have won a total of 43 national championship titles. The men's swimming and diving team were back-to-back national champions in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Women's track and field, both indoor and outdoor, won two back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999.
  • Texas Longhorns have won 47 gold medals, 25 silver medals, and 10 bronze medals at the Olympic Games. The University of Texas has produced 42 olympic medalists. Current and former Longhorns won 21 medals at the 2004 summer Olympic Games including 11 gold medals.
  • The University's first football game was played in 1893. The first Texas-Texas A&M game was played in 1894.
  • The University of Texas has won more Big 12 titles in men's and women's sports than any other school.
  • In the fall of 2002, Sports Illustrated named UT number 1 among the nation's 324 Division I athletic programs.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 534 responses

  • 26% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 66% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 7% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 533 responses

  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 59% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 18% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 530 responses

  • 43% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 52% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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