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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball has been a huge contender especially in the Big 10 in recent years. Also football is huge as well, there are a lot of really cool traditions that follow football games like jump around after the 3rd quarter for an example. Those are very big and get a lot of attention during their seasons.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Fans will travel across the country to watch a game

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: UW-Madison has a strong and great athletic foundation. The fan support and school spirit here is astounding, with streets filled with students wearing school colors and props. Many students stay involved with the athletics offered at school. The athletic facilities are decent, but not up to great standards. The school plans to remodel the facilities which is a great idea as it will be able to satisfy many more students' wishes.

4 College Junior

Athletics: There is a lot of school spirit and the facilities are excellent! However, when I was a part of one of the teams, I felt I wasn't receiving enough individual attention, that I was being overlooked for other athletes, and also that there were many cliques within the team.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The the University of Wisconsin-Madison we have amazing athletics with an incredible fan base! We have 3 large athletic facilities spread out around campus that have a great variety of equipment and space. Our school does offer many intramural and club sports that get a lot of participation which is super exciting! Our varsity teams are exceptional and at every game you can find screaming fans and hear awesome cheers no matter what the score! At UW-Madison I believe our school sprit is top-notch, it's literally impossible to walk outside without seeing someone in Badger apparel


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Nobody denies the intense role athletics play at UW. For Saturday Badger Football games, any number of houses will start the athletic support by throwing parties and getting decked out in Badger wear, complete with body paint and large posters, all before nine a.m. The football stadium has a special student seating section that is crowded with supportive, sometimes intoxicated students. While football is probably the most viewed and attended sport, there are many other athletic events. Intramurals are offered through the athletic department and even different resident halls. IM sports are taken relatively seriously, though viewed more as a social activity than a true athletic event.

Overall, UW does not lack in providing athletic opportunities. For those needing serious and heavy competition, varsity sports are the place to be in. Many of UW's teams are successful and will travel for conference and tournament events. Students wanting something more low-key should check out intramurals. You form your own team and compete against other teams on campus. Lastly, if you're looking for something a little different, check out the club sports. Students can pick-up aikido, figure skating, or wakeboarding.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Ten Conference
Basketball: Big Ten Conference
School Colors
Cardinal and white
School Nickname
Bucky the Badger
Men Playing Varsity Sports
370 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
416 - 3%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Archery
  • Baseball
  • Budo
  • Capoeira
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Eagle Claw Kung Fu
  • Fencing
  • Figure skating
  • Frisbee
  • Ice hockey
  • Japanese karate
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Shorin Ryu karate
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Waterskiing and wakeboarding
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Camp Randall Sports Center
  • Field House
  • Lathrop Hall
  • McClain Center
  • Natatorium
  • Nielson Tennis Stadium
  • Porter Boathouse
  • Shell
  • Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF)
Most Popular Sports
Football, basketball, hockey
Most Overlooked Teams
Rugby, water polo, badminton
School Spirit
School spirit is at a continuous high at UW. State Street alone offers at least five school paraphernalia stores. The University Bookstore also houses a large section of school wear, posters, keychains, and other necessary badger gear. Football games bring out the most amount of school spirit. Students attend these events decked out in red and white. Even if you're not at a sporting game, you will see students everywhere sporting their Badger-wear.
Getting Tickets
Getting tickets depends on the sport and the competition. Football games are very popular, and many students buy season tickets. Getting season tickets was recently changed to a lottery system. Students apply online in June and are notified in July. Not everyone is able to get season tickets, but there are other ways to see a game. If you are only looking to attend just a few weekend games, it's easiest just to find someone with season tickets who can't make that weekend's game. Another great way to get tickets to a game is to volunteer beforehand and hand out playbooks.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Lakeshore Path, State Street, Capital Square

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 261 responses

  • 33% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 61% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 262 responses

  • 9% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 60% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 31% 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 261 responses

  • 28% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 54% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 13% 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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