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5 College Junior

Athletics: Last year UNCW renovated all of its recreation facilities and it is now considered one of the best in the nation. Students go here for personal benefit or for training for their sport. In almost anything you can imagine you can get personalized help in any way. School spirit is great here because students know to do their best they need to be their best and all students want to be ther best that they can for UNCW and the school gives us every opportunity to achieve this.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Baseball is big. Wish there was a football team.

4 College Junior

Athletics: i believe athletics is a the very top at UNCW. the school sets high standards for its athletes, students and it facilities.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: not too much school spirit, baseball is the most attended sport

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  • 54th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1059th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chloe Miller
Cary, NC
English Literature
Grad Year
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UNC-Wilmington sponsors intercollegiate sports and has held Division I status in the NCAA for more than 30 years. UNCW is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, or CAA. The first thing a lot of people dwell on when visiting UNCW is the fact that there is no football program. It may come to be much later in the future, but not any time soon. "No football" may be viewed as negative by some, but it's actually a neutral aspect or a plus for others. The many other sports at UNCW are not overshadowed or neglected, and, therefore, Seahawks excel at a lot of different sports rather than all of the popularity and success resting with just one. Students have the chance to appreciate and learn about teams that may otherwise be overlooked if football were in the picture, and each UNCW sports program is given equal opportunity and establishment. Soccer and baseball are popular with immense talent, and basketball games have a lot of energy and supply a lot of fun, but they just don't win that often. However, the men's basketball team has made frequent NCAA tournament appearances. Women's basketball is a fantastic program with consistent dominance within the conference. Other successful sports include swimming and diving (which have won division championships), track and field, and surfing (which has had international success).

For students who don't want to compete at the varsity level, UNCW offers a lot of club and intramural sports, as well. Club sports are offered within many different active clubs, and are still competitive and travel to other schools to compete, but they may be a better option for those who don't want the demanding nature of varsity-level athletics. Intramurals are completely recreational and fun. The games and championships are all in good fun ,and the winners receive highly coveted championship T-shirts!

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Colonial Athletic Association
School Colors
Teal, navy, gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
159 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
194 - 3%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • 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
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wakeboard
  • Water ski
  • Basketball
  • Cornhole
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate disc
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Almkuist-Nixon Complex
  • Boseman Field
  • Brooks Field
  • Diab Sports Medicine Center
  • Hanover Hall
  • Harold Greene Track
  • Nixon Annex
  • Seahawk Natatorium
  • Seahawk Strength Center
  • Trask Coliseum
  • UNCW Soccer Stadium
  • UNCW Tennis Complex
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, track and field, soccer, and basketball are the most popular sports on campus.
Most Overlooked Teams
Softball and cross country are overlooked. Both are strong teams and sports, but don't receive a lot of student attention or, at times, recognition because of the success of other sports. The men's and women's ultimate Frisbee teams are also really good, but games don't receive too much student attendance.
School Spirit
Seahawk students definitely show their teal! However, school spirit in regards to sports is lower than at other universities which may have a football team or more students. For soccer games, TEALgates are hosted with food and giveaways. As the basketball season kicks off, students paint their bodies teal for Midnite Madness.
Getting Tickets
It's extremely easy to get tickets to UNCW athletic events. Basketball tickets can be picked up ahead of time from the Information Center desk in the Fisher Student Center, free for students. Most of the other sports events just require a student to show their student ID card upon entry. For non-students, tickets are not too expensive, and there's not very much competition for tickets.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Cross City Trail goes through the Wilmington area, from the beach to the heart of downtown. There are a lot of really nice parks in the area, such as Hugh MacRae and Greenfield parks, a lot of golf courses, and a few nice community centers with outdoor activity space, too.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 61 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 25% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 69% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 62 responses

  • 13% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 48% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 29% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 10% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 60 responses

  • 45% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 33% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 22% 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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