Wilkes-Barre, PA
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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics aren't a big concern here.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It is neat how you can come support your school, very entertaining

2 College Student

Athletics: Not the best place to play sports.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: A lot of people play football or wrestle but the gyms are open to everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a little school spirit


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 280th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 658th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nicole Frail
Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Wilkes University has a solid reputation for a good sports program. The athletes at Wilkes are also academically some of the best students on campus. With a great coaching staff, filled with many past star Colonels, there is superb leadership. As far as team and school spirit, there are a few games which really rev up the Colonels. There is a great basketball rivalry with the University of Scranton, so those games are usually exciting. And each year, a football game against cross-town rivals King's College has both teams duking it out for the Mayor's Cup. For most of the away games, there is bus transportation provided. Wilkes has cheerleaders who are present at all games to get the crowds riled up as well.

As far as coverage from the local media, the Colonels are covered quite often, for whatever sport is in season. The Wilkes radio station, 90.7 WCLH, broadcasts the football and basketball games live. Wilkes also offers a host of intramural activities, as listed earlier. This gives athletes the chance to play other sports, stay in shape in the off-season, as well as give people not involved in varsity sports the chance to play. There are also sports clubs, like men's lacrosse and the crew club. There are plenty of ways to get involved in sports and stay active at Wilkes.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Basketball: Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
School Colors
Blue and gold
School Nickname
The Colonel
Men Playing Varsity Sports
244 - 24%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
104 - 11%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Crew
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Running
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Home run derby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Artillery Park
  • Marts Center
  • Ralston Athletic Complex
  • Recreation and Athletic Center
Most Popular Sports
Football, wrestling, basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Crew, cross country.
School Spirit
The Mayor's Cup, the annual football game between Wilkes and its cross-town rival King's College, is probably the height of school spirit each year. However, Wilkes recently bought a costume for its mascot, the Colonel, and his big blue face and energetic tricks often get the crowd to its feet at other games.
Getting Tickets
Call the Marts Center at (570) 408-4777. Tickets are also available the day of the event at the field.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Kirby Park (the dike)
Did You Know?
Babe Ruth's longest homerun was hit at Artillery Park in 1926.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 4% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 48% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 48% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 33% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 29% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 38% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 22 responses

  • 23% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 41% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 36% 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.
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