Kalamazoo, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$23,262 ($9,982)
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5 College Junior

Athletics: Students involved in a sport is a very good thing not only can they better themselves in they sport they love to do but it also keep the students on top of their school work!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The student body is heavily invested in participating in and attending sporting/ athletic events.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Football is the only sport that most students attend and I believe this is for the tailgates. Not as many people go to the game as they do the tailgate but at least it brings students out.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Certain Varsity sports are big. Football and Hockey. As for clubs, the soccer team is made up of people who started out on the varsity team and quit for one reason or another. The club team could rival the varsity team some days.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students are very involved in attending almost all athletics and school spirit is high!


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  • 285th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 686th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eric DiManno
Sterling Heights
Creative Writing
Grad Year
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Western is a Division I school, and for football, spirit is off the charts. Hockey, baseball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, rugby, and lacrosse are also some of the biggest sports at the University. Football games are outrageous; the stands are filled with cheering students, decked out in school apparel. Tailgating is one of the most attended events on campus.

In terms of facilities, there is the Student Recreation Center, filled with workout equipment, where students can be seen getting their fitness on. Students can also work out at the Donald Seelye Athletic Center, where the football team practices and trains. This gym is centered mostly around free weights and cardio equipment.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-American Conference
Basketball: Mid-American Conference
School Colors
Brown and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
213 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
157 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 80
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 33
Cross Country/Track: 32
Other Sports: 126
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 62%
Basketball: 50%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 65%
Other Sports: 67%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Inline hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Skating
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Water ski/waterboard
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Inline hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Donald Seelye Athletic Center
  • Ebert Field
  • Kanley Track
  • Lawson Arena
  • The Moors
  • Pine View Golf Club (XC Course)
  • Read Fieldhouse/University Arena
  • Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field
  • Sorensen Courts/West Hills Athletic Club
  • Waldo Stadium
  • WMU Soccer Complex
Most Popular Sports
Basketball and football are the biggest sports at Western, with baseball in third. Hockey is also one of the biggest sports at the school.
Most Overlooked Teams
The soccer and swimming teams are very good, but not a lot of students attend their games.
School Spirit
School spirit is huge at Western. You'll always see people wearing school colors and Western gear. During games, people deck themselves out in school apparel.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are free for students, as it is worked into the tuition. Just flash your student ID for entry. For nonstudents, ticket prices are adjusted during the season.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 121 responses

  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 80% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 122 responses

  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 39% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 38% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 119 responses

  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 44% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 51% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.



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