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3 College Senior

Athletics: Each sport has its own following. Soccer has fraternities as well as basketball, football has parents and newspaper.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Illinois Wesleyan has great athletic teams. The basketball team went to the Final Four this past year, our football team's record was amazing, and boys lacrosse made a huge debut with their first season going significantly over 500. However, going to a small school (less than 2500), no one really attends any of the events which makes going to them a bit of a bummmer.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: We don't have many pep rallies, but students get involved as much as we can.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics in this school are great.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I believe that the facilities are some of the best in the country for d3.


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  • 931st
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1265th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Diego Báez
English Writing
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Athletics at IWU live in the minds and imaginations of the fans, more so than in any real competition. There is a rich history of rivalries and professional stars that started out as Titans, stories of great players and quiet lessons. Retired basketball coach Denny Bridges is a campus legend. He's still involved with the athletics department, but only plays a small role. He led the Wesleyan basketball squad to the finals a few years in a row and finally won the national championship. Since then, basketball has remained the pride and joy of Illinois Wesleyan. The crowd involvement brings the excitement from the floor into the stands and creates a frenzy. Football is the second most exciting sport on campus, but doesn't generate as much attention.

Athletics aren't an essential part of campus life, but this isn't a Big 10 school. We don't have any national television coverage, office pools, or big bowl games deciding the funding of our athletic program. Professional sports are actually much more popular on campus than anything. The same can't be said about the current state of IWU athletics. Many students are involved in the varsity sports, but even more take part in recreational and intramural games. This relaxed attitude toward sports emphasizes the role of academics and other student interests.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
Basketball: College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
School Colors
Green and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
312 - 36%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
199 - 17%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Bag-O (cornhole)
  • Cheerleading (basketball, competition, and football)
  • Climbing
  • Dance team
  • Racquetball
  • Running
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Floor hockey
  • Home run derby
  • Soccer (indoor)
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Beadles-Morse Tennis Courts
  • Fort Natatorium
  • Horenberger Baseball Field
  • Neis Soccer Field
  • Shirk Center
  • Shirk Center Activity Center
  • Shirk Center Fitness Center
  • Shirk Center Gymnasium
  • Softball Field
  • Wilder Field at Tucci Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Basketball is by far the most popular sport at IWU. The games are exciting, and students really play up the rivalries. Football games are less intense, but the atmosphere is always festive. Football games have a more back-to-school traditional feel, while students and players alike come to party at the basketball games.
Most Overlooked Teams
The most overlooked teams at IWU are the tennis squads. They play consistently but get no recognition. Such is the life of those that walk the beaten path.
School Spirit
School spirit is strong in name only. Lots of people, athletes and non-athletes, wear IWU athletic brand clothing. Lots of people participate in the Homecoming activities. Students here even refer to Illinois State (ISU) as "I Screwed Up," they're so proud to be at IWU. But not as many students support the actual teams. This isn't evident at the events because the facilities can only accommodate a portion of the student body. Regardless, it'd be nice to know everyone cared as much about the rest of the school.
Getting Tickets
Tickets to football games are free for Wesleyan students and alumni. Basketball games are first come, first served, with discounted prices for students with an ID.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Constitution Trail is only a few blocks from campus. The trail winds across Bloomington-Normal, through neighborhoods, downtown areas, school districts, and even as far east as the airport. The trail is lined with shade trees and is perfect for walks, runs, biking, and rollerblading.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 26 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 62% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 26 responses

  • 8% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 65% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 15% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 12% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 8% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 58% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 31% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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