Athletics

Location
Macon, GA
Undergrads
443
Tuition
$19,000
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The students come together to support their classmates.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Wesleyan is an old traditional institution that promotes spirit, support, and lots of encouragement.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Wesleyan College is very small and the athletics on campus do not receive as much spirit as a bigger college would.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school is small and there is a small fan base. There are some varsity teams that don't have enough players, but the sports are open to everyone no matter your skill level. Despite numerous defeats, school spirit remains high. There is a wide basis do sports for such a small school.

1 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at Wesleyan are not taken very seriously.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1184th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 1256th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Francesca Landsman
Hometown
Marietta, GA
Major
Spanish
Grad Year
2013
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Overall, Wesleyan’s athletics program is not as respected as others within the GSAC (Great South Athletic Conference); yet, as stated on the school website, the athletes are recognized for academic accolades. That does not mean, however, that the College is without school spirit. Win or lose, team members and fans wear their school colors with pride and enjoy the bonding experience that the sports create. Fan support varies in size, depending on the sport. Soccer, volleyball, and basketball have the largest turnout with student attendance because they are the most popular on campus. Two of Wesleyan’s main athletic facilities—Porter Gymnasium and the Mathews Athletic Center (MAC)—are free for students to use. Porter Gymnasium was built in 1928 and houses the athletic department, the Pioneer Lounge, the volleyball/basketball court, and a heated swimming pool. Although the gym has had a few renovations, it is far from being as up-to-date as the Mathews Athletic Center, the location of the school’s main weight room, as well as an aerobics/dance studio. It also serves as a fieldhouse for the soccer and softball fields, tennis courts, and running track.

Students who do not participate in athletics can still be active by taking spinning, yoga, cardio sculpt, Pilates abs, and Zumba classes at the MAC. The MAC and Equestrian Center are the cleanest and most up-to-date facilities, but with better funding for athletics, Porter Gym could undergo some necessary renovations. Wesleyan College places a higher priority on academics, and because the school has Division III athletics, no student receives a scholarship for athletic ability.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Great South Athletic Conference
School Colors
Purple and lavender
School Nickname
Pioneers
Club Sports
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Taekwondo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Mathews Athletic Center
  • Nancy Ellis Knox Equestrian Center
  • Porter Gymnasium
  • Soccer field
  • Softball field
  • Tennis courts
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, equestrian, soccer, volleyball
Most Overlooked Teams
Cross country, fencing, and tennis
School Spirit
The College doesn't place a large emphasis on sports, but some students dress in school colors (face paint and all) and go support their friends. Only a handful of sports get a large crowd of fans; however, what fans lack in quantity, they make up for in quality. Loud cheering and posters are abundant at athletic events, and usually, the Student Affairs staff hosts a cookout to keep supporters well energized.
Getting Tickets
There is no need to worry about budgeting for tickets or waiting in a long line because Wesleyan sporting events are free for everyone. The only tickets that students have to purchase are for games played by other schools that use the campus facilities.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The arboretum trails, High Falls State Park, Ocmulgee National Monument, Lake Tobesofkee
Did You Know?
  • The Nancy Ellis Knox Equestrian Center is open to all students interested in pleasure or competitive riding, but there are fees, classes, and boarding horses.
  • The senior class president is the only one allowed to call a pep rally.
  • Each club sport is competitive and has a coach or instructor that takes the teams to competitions. Equestrian is the most popular club sport, and has one of the most successful teams on campus that competes in Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
  • Two of the class mascots have changed over the years. Originally, the Golden Hearts were known as the "Golden Bells," and the Pirates were known as the "Tri-K Pirates."
  • Class presidents are responsible for their class flag and leading their class cheers.
  • The weather vane on top of Porter Gymnasium was custom-crafted to resemble women playing basketball in 1928. The ball and spire weigh 2 tons!

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 24 responses

  • 29% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 29% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 42% 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 26 responses

  • 15% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 50% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 4% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 31% 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.
  • 77% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 15% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
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