Academically Inclined Athletes

Segment #8 from The University of Texas at Dallas


Let’s hear from Rohan, an accounting junior who grew up only 20 minutes from UTD. Rohan was looking for a college experience that would answer his biggest question, where can I get a great education and also participate in collegiate athletics? The answer was at a campus with a nationally ranked school of business and NCAA division three sports. Rowan, what do you got?


– Hi, everyone. I grew up 20 minutes away from UT Dallas. I never really thought about it much, but when I learned about all the amazing academic and athletic opportunities the school had to offer, I knew it was the place for me. As a student athlete, I’m able to participate in the classroom and in the two sports I love, cross country and track and field. Our athletics program is NCAA division three, which means athletic scholarships aren’t offered. However, it does mean that I’m able to allocate more time to studying since the time requirements are less strict than NCAA division one or two. Nonetheless, being a student athlete means I have to balance going to classes and studying with going to practices and competing. However, the university and athletics program offers the support I need to do both successfully. On campus there are many home games to go to, all hosted by our athletics program. Throughout the week you can find many home games including basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, tennis, and soccer. To me, school pride means going to these sporting events because I can support my fellow student athletes. A huge bonus of going to these home games is that you have the chance to see our beloved mascot, Temoc the Comet. At UT Dallas, we have a history of using backwards naming conventions, so Temoc is simply comet, our mascot, spelled backwards. If you’re looking for a university that allows you to pursue a rigorous education and play a competitive sport, then UT Dallas is the right school for you. Well, that’s my story. Back to you, Alex.


– Rohan, thank you for sharing how your interest in sports led you to UTD. You and your fellow student athletes value earning a degree from a prestigious academic institution while getting a chance to compete for NCAA championships. Thank you, Rohan, and congratulations on making the Academic All Conference team. That’s amazing. Thanks again!

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