Middletown, CT
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3 College Senior

Athletics: Team performance is pretty weak across the board. You have to take into account that this university is filled with kids that have been given gold stars their entire lives, so they think they're great at what they do. Of course, that only plays out within the confines of the campus. If you look at any of the performing div III unis, you'll see that Wes is weak at best.

4 College Student

Athletics: It's a liberal arts school. Not everyone is going to love sports, but there is no separation of the jocks. I am an artist/scientist, and some of my best friends are on the football team and the water polo team.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are an important part of life for some people on campus. By most students it is considered just a worthy as the numerous other activities students participate in. However, watching sporting events is definitely not the most popular event on campus. Athletes come here for the Wesleyan culture, not the crazy fan base.

3 College Junior

Athletics: In most cases, I find that I had peers in high school that were much better than the athletes at Wesleyan. Whether it be football, soccer, track, hockey, swimming, or wrestling, I can see a lot of room for improvement. Common Wesleyan slogans are, "I'm a student first, athlete second" and "I didn't come to Wesleyan to be an athlete." It shows.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Although there are atheletes at Wesleyan, it is not huge in the sports scene as the students tend to be more artsy than athletic.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 375th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1277th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anya Morgan
Los Angeles
English and French
Grad Year
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People who are into athletics at Wesleyan get "really" into it. The teams compete in the Division III NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) bracket (which can be learned about through its unofficial Twitter account, @inthecac), meaning it's slightly less of a commitment than at larger schools. The athletic facilities are great, and there is some school spirit—at least for the Homecoming game.

The downside to athletics, of course, is the large hipster population. This population is largely apathetic to sports and will only watch baseball games by accident because they happen to be sitting on Foss Hill and can't avoid watching. If you are an extremely serious athlete, this might not be the school for you. While sports are definitely there, they are more of a sidenote to Wesleyan's general laid-back, hippie-hipster attitude.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Small College Ath Conf
Basketball: New England Small College Ath Conf
School Colors
Cardinal and black
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
356 - 26%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
255 - 17%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Ice hockey
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Passing league
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Andersen Fitness Center
  • Andersen Track
  • Bacon Field House
  • Corwin Stadium at Andrus Field
  • Dresser Diamond at Andrus Field
  • Freeman Athletic Center
  • Jackson Field
  • John Wood Memorial Tennis Courts
  • Macomber Boathouse
  • Rosenbaum Squash Center
  • Silloway Gymnasium
  • Smith Field
  • Softball field
  • Spurrier-Snyder Rink
  • Wes Fuhrman '05 Trails Cross Country Course
  • Wesleyan Natatorium
  • Wrestling room
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, football, and lacrosse
Most Overlooked Teams
Badminton, squash, and volleyball
School Spirit
While traditional school spirit in the "ra-ra," banner-waving sense is sparse at Wesleyan, the traditionally rebellious attitude of the student body exemplifies most enthusiasm for the school as an institution. However, most students at Wesleyan are deeply devoted to their University and see it as a completely unique school in a league of its own. While Wesleyan Cardinal T-shirts are rare, Wesleyan students are united by a sincere appreciation for the opportunities and experiences Wesleyan allows them.
Getting Tickets
Except for tournament games, Wesleyan sporting events are free to Wesleyan students. There is a box office located in Usdan University Center, but this is primarily for arts events.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Any one of the nearby trails, especially in the fall.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 35 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 6% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 66% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 29% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 35 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 37% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 17% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 46% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 22% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 67% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 11% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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