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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: No school spirit, soccer and basketball is the best sport available, also has a crew team and gymnastics.

3 College Junior

Athletics: School spirit isn't that big here. Much more people participate in Intramural sports than actual varsity sports. Everyone goes to the first soccer game of the year and then no one after.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: A lot of people participate in the intramurals because it is such a great way to be active, have fun, compete, and make new friends, all while not sacrificing to much time for better activities... like homework!

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am a member of the crew team and we definitely do not get the funds we need. The facilities for all the athletes are small and often crowded because there isn't enough room for everyone.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not that big of a deal

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  • 198th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1164th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kylie Kenyon
Paso Robles, Calif.
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Basketball and soccer are the most popular sports at SPU (men's and women's), along with women's gymnastics. These teams have done exceptionally well during the last few years and have the most enthusiastic fan followings. The "Orangemen of 6th Ashton" make men's basketball a riot for spectators, with their crazy antics, costumes, and shenanigans. The most anticipated games, other than playoffs, are always with rival Seattle University, which is a smaller private school that SPU tends to dominate. Track and field and crew have great reputations, although less hype. Most of the games held in the gymnasium on campus are free for students, but soccer games aren't because the field is not owned by the University.

Intramurals are popular for students living on campus, coed softball and floor hockey in particular. But volleyball, basketball, and soccer also have high turnouts with underclassmen. Off-campus students are much less likely to compete, probably because commuting is an inconvenience. Sorry kids—there's no football team at SPU. But many students like to go watch UW games to get their football fix. Both men's and women's rugby are also great substitutes.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Great Northwest Athletic Conference
School Colors
Maroon and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
112 - 11%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
182 - 9%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Floor hockey
  • Football
  • Free throws
  • Pickleball
  • Pingpong
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Turkey trot
  • Volleyball
  • Weight lifting
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Interbay Stadium
  • Royal Brougham Pavilion
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, gymnastics, soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Crew, track

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 41 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 7% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 83% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 10% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 42 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 40% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 48% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 42 responses

  • 50% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 21% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
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