Athletics and Popular Extracurriculars at Colorado State University

Colorado State University’s continued enrollment growth brings together increasingly large classes of incoming first-year students every year, adding to the diversity of its campus and student body.

During their time in college, many students find that meeting fellow students with backgrounds different from their own is as beneficial as their coursework in gaining a better understanding of the world.

College athletics and student organizations provide some of the best opportunities for social involvement outside the classroom. For new and returning Colorado State University students interested in learning more about CSU sports, social organizations, and clubs on campus, check out our overview below of athletics and popular extracurriculars at Colorado State.

What sport is Colorado State known for?

Football is the most popular sport at Colorado State University. The Rams football team was established in 1893, making it one of the oldest football programs in the western United States. In the program’s history, the CSU football team has won 15 conference championships, most recently in 2002. The Rams remain competitive in their conference but have not broken through the national rankings. Beyond football, Colorado State

University offers eight intercollegiate men’s athletic programs, including:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Track & Field

The intercollegiate programs for female athletes at CSU include:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

All of Colorado State University’s athletic programs are sponsored by the NCAA.

Is Colorado State University a Division 1 school?

Yes, the Colorado State University Rams are a Division I athletics program through the NCAA and a participating member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) for football.

CSU is a member of the Mountain West Conference, which it joined in 1999 following the division of its former conference, the Western Athletic Conference. What became the Mountain West Conference now encompasses 12 schools in the western United States, although the Rams do not participate in all sports overseen by the conference. Unlike most other conference members, CSU does not have a baseball or men’s tennis team. The schools in the Mountain West conference account for most of the Rams’ opponents in regular-season competitions.

The 12 members of the Mountain West conference are:

  1. Air Force Academy
  2. Boise State University
  3. Colorado State University
  4. Fresno State University
  5. University of Hawai’i (Football)
  6. University of Nevada, Reno
  7. New Mexico
  8. San Diego State University
  9. San Jose State University
  10. University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  11. Utah State University
  12. University of Wyoming

Who is CSU’s biggest rival?

Colorado State University has three main rivals in intercollegiate athletics:

  1. The University of Colorado Buffaloes
  2. The Air Force Falcons, and
  3. The University of Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls

The Rams and Buffaloes are in-state rivals, pitting Colorado’s two largest Division I schools against one another in an annual football game dubbed the Rocky Mountain Showdown. In years past, the game was so big that it was hosted at Empower Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos, rather than in the home field of one of the two schools. The two schools have not played each other in football since 2019 due to the pandemic, but the Rocky Mountain Showdown is set to start back up on September 16, 2023, with a game in Boulder.

The Air Force and the University of Wyoming are both conference rivals with CSU in football and play each other annually for the Ram-Falcon Trophy (Air Force) and in the “Border War” for the Bronze Boot trophy (University of Wyoming).

Does Colorado State University have club sports?

Yes, club sports at Colorado State University are top-rated among students.

This is due, in part, to the limited number of intercollegiate sports offered, especially in men’s programs. CSU has robust club sports programs in men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, and baseball. Despite being a club sport, the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have won several national championships in collegiate lacrosse competitions. The club baseball team won three national championships in a row from 2004 – 2006, and even the disc golf team is competitive nationally.

How many student clubs are there at Colorado State?

There are more than 475 student clubs and organizations at Colorado State University.

These include Registered Student Organizations (RSO), student supporting groups that apply annually to maintain active standing with the university and academic, pre-professional, social, and recreational programs on campus.

Undergraduate student groups at CSU are organized into one of 12 categories to help students sort through the many offerings available.

Those categories include:

  1. Academic and Pre-Professional
  2. Registered Student Organizations (RSO)
  3. Competitive Club Sports
  4. Diversity & International
  5. Faith, Belief, Spiritual, & Religious
  6. Fraternities & Sororities
  7. Honorary
  8. Political
  9. Programming & Service
  10. Representative
  11. Recreational Club Sports
  12. Sustainability

The most popular student organizations at Colorado State University are club sports, academic groups, and Greek life.

Club sports include competitive and recreational programs, depending on the sports and level of interest, while academic and pre-professional groups align with a student’s major and career goals. For more information about Greek life, check out our past posts about fraternity and sorority life at CSU.

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