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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Student involvement is not the best, but it is steadily growing. Our sports are decent, but not everyone cares. The athletics fan club has tripled in numbers in the last year so this could change. Everyone has plenty of school spirit though.

4 College Senior

Athletics: People definitely go to the gym, and generally they are happy with it. As for the teams, they have generally done very well this year. From baseball to basketball to football, all have performed well and seem like they are improving. We do not normally play at the highest national levels, but when we do, the games are often at least competitive.

3 College Junior

Athletics: William and Mary is not a "sports" school. Students on campus are relatively fit, but sometimes we won't even know that there's a big game this weekend.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone is about "tribe pride," and attending sports events.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Some people attend, but their isn't a dominating air of pride towards our sports teams


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The football and basketball teams have garnered more support in the past few years, considering how well they have been doing. In 2010, the football team had a near-perfect record and even went on to the Division I-AA title game, though they lost. The 2010 basketball team had a regular season record of 22-10 and earned its second NIT (National Invitation Tournament) berth.

Most other sporting events attract fewer students, though many students do tend to participate in club sports. Still, William & Mary is far from being an athletically focused school, and most students are more inclined to excel academically rather than physically. There are great facilities for sporting events and exercise, including a large and well-equipped gym (with multiple basketball courts, racketball courts, and a pool) and multiple gymnasiums in the kinesiology building (Adair Hall). There is also a fair amount of kinesiology majors out there who aim to become physical therapists and the like.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Colonial Athletic Association
Basketball: Colonial Athletic Association
School Colors
Green, gold, and silver
School Nickname
The Tribe (represented by frog-like Colonel Ebirt, which is "tribe" spelled backwards)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
271 - 10%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
221 - 7%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 62
Basketball: 28
Baseball: 23
Cross Country/Track: 46
Other Sports: 130
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 82%
Basketball: 83%
Baseball: 67%
Cross Country/Track: 100%
Other Sports: 90%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dance
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Croquet
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Kendo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Martial arts
  • Outdoor
  • Racquetball
  • Rock climbing
  • Rowing
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Sail & Paddle
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan karate
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Floor hockey
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Adair Gymnasium
  • Busch Field
  • Commons Tennis Courts
  • Dillard Field
  • Eastern State Course
  • Fraternity Field
  • IM Field
  • Joseph W. Montgomery Strength Training Center
  • Laycock Center
  • Martin Family Stadium Albert-Daly Field
  • McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center
  • Millie West Tennis Facility
  • Montgomery Field
  • Plumeri Park
  • Recreation Center
  • Zable Stadium
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football, soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Diving, golf, gymnastics, hockey
School Spirit
School spirit has definitely been in the process of improvement, especially considering the fact that the football team actually started to win games in 2010 (they beat out UVA). Still, it's rare to attend random games throughout the season. The most spirited games tend to occur on Family Weekend or around Homecoming.
Getting Tickets
Students just have to show their ID to get into any varsity sporting event. Occasionally, like during Homecoming when alumni come to watch the games, tickets run out. In these cases, it's important to run to WIlliam & Mary Hall to get them ahead of time.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The lake behind the Governor's Palace, Colonial Williamsburg in general, and the Wildflower Preserve on campus are all great places to take a walk.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 124 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 8% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 78% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 12% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 124 responses

  • 42% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 24% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 34% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 123 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 65% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 28% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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