Athletics

Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
3,108
Tuition
$32,067
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We don't have a whole bunch of interscholastic sports, and personally they aren't the ones I am super interested in. A decent amount of people go to the games but I wouldn't say its a huge thing for campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are not a huge part of the school. Intramurals are probably a bigger part of student life than varsity sports.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kylie Kenyon
Hometown
Paso Robles, Calif.
Major
Sociology
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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
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
Falcon
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
Intramurals
  • 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 would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 39 responses

  • 13% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 46% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 41% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 40 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 30% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 20% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 50% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 87% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 8% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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