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4 College Senior

Athletics: I'm not really into sports, but from what I see on campus they are a big hit. The school mostly centers on football, basketball, gymnastic and volleyball games. The biggest being football since it practically makes it difficult to get around campus due to tailgating and the amount of cars trying to attend the event. There is a lot of school spirit that is represented in each schooling event which is nice.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are a big part of campus life. They get you envolved in campus life and give you the opportunity to meet new people in a fun and safe environment.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics at the University of Utah are very important to campus life. Athletes and students alike are very involved, especially in the football games. The U of U has a football team that is part of the Pac 12. There is a lot of fan support from students and citizens of Utah.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our gymnastics team is amazing, the football program is expanding rapidly to earn major respect in the PAC-12, and the MUSS (Mighty Utah Student Section) never fails to cheer louder than any other school's fans.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are huge at the U. They are always excited for football and basketball


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The University of Utah joined the Pac-10 Conference in 2010, which made everyone excited for Utah athletics. As is the case at most universities, the most popular sport is football. Utah boasts the most wins in the very heated rivalry against nemesis BYU; every year, this game turns out the most people and is truly something to be a part of. Even though football dominates athletics at Utah, the U has one of the best gymnastics programs in the nation. The Red Rocks (or so the gymnastics team is called) are consistently national champions. Basketball has taken a real dive in recent years, but with the new conference meaning "better" teams will visit Utah, there will be an increase in fan attendance. Overall, with the Pac-10 Conference change, the athletic program will increase in talent and recruitment, giving Utah an edge over other schools in the area for years to come.

In terms of personal sports, there are plenty of club sports and intramural teams. The U also has a great selection of exercise and sports science classes (its yoga teachers are dynamite). For outdoor enthusiasts, the U’s campus recreation program rents out outdoor equipment to students who want to spend a weekend in the Uintas.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Pacific-10 Conference
Basketball: Pacific-10 Conference
School Colors
Crimson and white
School Nickname
Utah Utes/Swoop, the red-tailed hawk
Men Playing Varsity Sports
228 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
191 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 88
Basketball: 21
Baseball: 17
Cross Country/Track: 15
Other Sports: 133
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 30%
Basketball: 67%
Baseball: 100%
Cross Country/Track: 78%
Other Sports: 52%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Gymnastics
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Marksmanship
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby (men's)
  • Soccer (men's)
  • Taekwondo
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Leet
  • Marksmanship
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (court, pool)
  • Wallyball
  • Weightlifting
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Burbidge Academic Center
  • Crimson Court
  • Disc golf course
  • Dumke Gymnastics Center
  • Eccles Tennis Center
  • The Field House
  • HPER Complex
  • Jon M. Huntsman Center
  • Rice-Eccles Stadium
  • Salt Lake Country Club
  • Smith Athletics Center
  • Spence Eccles Field House
  • Spring Mobile Ballpark
  • Utah Olympic Oval
  • Ute Natatorium
  • Ute Soccer Field
  • Ute Softball Field
Most Popular Sports
Men's football
Most Overlooked Teams
School Spirit
Because it's a commuter campus, the U doesn't have a great deal of school pride. But for those involved with on-campus organizations, the pride swells dramatically. If you see people wearing U of U paraphernalia (hats, shirts, and the like), chances are they were given it for being a student senator or something. But this is typical of the state-school experience. Because of the U's rivalry with BYU, which is owned by the LDS (Latter-day Saints) Church, many non-Mormons on campus equate pro-U sentiment with anti-Mormonism, and by the same token, many Mormon U students actually feel greater association with BYU than their own school. But you usually only see this the week preceding the BYU-Utah football game.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are getting harder and harder to get. The best bet is to sign up and become part of the MUSS (Mighty Utah Student Section) and sit with all the other students. You get home game tickets all season for around $35.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Red Butte Garden, just a shuttle ride (or a determined walk) from the U. It's got seasonal displays, peace and quiet, the Wasatch Mountains in its backyard, and it's free with your student ID.
Did You Know?
The mascot for the Utah "Utes" was, well, a Ute Indian, until it was decided you couldn't take a human culture and turn its stereotype into a sports icon. Then it became Swoop, the red-tailed hawk.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 334 responses

  • 16% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 75% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 8% 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 334 responses

  • 10% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 43% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 45% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 333 responses

  • 31% 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.
  • 15% 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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