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3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are not many options for you to choose. They only have football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis, baseball

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: A large part of our student body is made up of athletes. Being a involved student-athlete with a good GPA and social life is totally doable here.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our football team was the only undefeated team in Mississippi until their last game against Rhodes. I'd say that's pretty great!!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Millsaps participates in Division III athletics. Most kids who come to Millsaps play a varsity sport. The Football team wins on a consistent basis competes for the conference championship almost every year. The Baseball team made the College World Series in 2013. Both the men and women's basketball teams are competitive and have huge turn outs in the crowd and student section. Other sports that are successful include soccer, lacrosse, softball, volleyball, golf, and tennis. Fans are very outgoing and support all varsity sports year round.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Football and baseball games are fun to attend! Intramural sports are fun to play and attend and are always fun.

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Millsaps is a member of the SCAC, which also features rivals Sewanee and Rhodes. As a Division-III school, it is not allowed to give scholarships based on athletic ability, but that does not necessarily mean that the cupboard is empty. A baseball player was once drafted in the tenth round of the MLB draft. A number of players from other sports have received recognition as well. The truth is, though, that the premier sports—baseball, football, and basketball—have done well, but not well enough to overcome student apathy.

The good stories are rooted in the less popular teams. Female teams have an equal amount of success in their brackets, and soccer and cross country give consistently above-average performances. Intramurals are alive and well. Major IM sports are divided into male, female, and coed. It is never difficult to form a team, but it might be hard to find an appropriate league, as there are no distinctions in playing ability. The playing facilities are well-maintained and well-used. All students are given pretty much free reign to use the same exercise units as the athletes. If you are interested in a larger sporting experience, Jackson State and Alcorn State, two major powerhouses in Division II-A located across the street from campus, play in the Jackson Stadium once a year.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football:
Basketball:
School Colors
Purple and white
School Nickname
The Major (a figure that resembles Major Millsaps, who founded the school)
Men Playing Varsity Sports
203 - 44%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
89 - 19%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance Team
  • Fencing
  • Women's Lacrosse
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
Hall Activities Center (HAC)
Most Popular Sports
No sport gets great attention, but football has a natural presence on campus. Soccer, baseball, and basketball get varying levels of crowds, but the student awareness is apathetic, for the most part.
Most Overlooked Teams
The women's volleyball team, despite having impressive records in 2004 and 2005, was without a coach until July of 2005. By far the best team on campus, they have a quarter of the fan base that more naturally popular (and masculine) sports have carried.
School Spirit
The Millsaps campus doesn't not have an overwhelming amount of school spirit, but people will turn out for rival sports games and brag about their experiences at the school. Many students have a tremendous amount of pride for their Greek house and major. This develops into some friendly ribbing over the utility of an English degree or the excitement of accounting.
Getting Tickets
There's no need to get tickets to attend a Millsaps sporting event. Except for football, where tickets are dispersed the week in advance, events are open to the public.
Best Place to Take a Walk
It might be ideal for you to design a course for your own distinct interests. A popular route is around the gate which runs around the southwest side, toward the intramural and baseball fields. The Activities Center released a campus map detailing the lengths of most major on-campus sidewalks so that students may tailor their jog more easily.
Did You Know?
  • Since 1990, Millsaps has won 20 SCAC titles and 10 NCAA playoff bids. It has also won the David M. Halbrook Award seven consecutive times and has received 17 of the last 21 given out. The award is given to schools whose dual commitment to academics and athletics is reflected in the high graduation rate of student athletes. (The 2005 graduation rate for student athletes at Millsaps was 96 percent.)
  • Jim Page, the baseball head coach, has won SCAC Coach of the Year a record six times. After a standout college career as a player at Millsaps, he has a 398-252-1 record and six SCAC titles.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 7% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 50% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 43% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 13 responses

  • 46% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 23% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 31% 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 13 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 85% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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