Students cheering in the student section during Gopher football game

Gopher Athletics

Welcome to the Big Ten, sports fans. Big Ten athletics have a way of energizing all students, and while Gopher student-athletes compete at the highest level in their sports, they also regularly rank tops in academics among public institutions. Our athletes are driven, and our fans are driven to support them.

3.44+

Average student-athlete GPA (first among public institutions)

22

Number of sports

600+

Number of student-athletes

3.44+

Average student-athlete GPA (first among public institutions)

22

Number of sports

600+

Number of student-athletes

History

From the history of our school colors (maroon and gold), to the creation of cheerleading in 1898 and the birth of the world's most lovable mascot, Goldy Gopher, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities sporting scene enjoys a rich heritage.

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