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3 College Junior

Athletics: Tend to cater toward athletes, not students

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: To be honest, I don't pay that much attention to athletics at this school and I don't think that's unusual. Probably about a third of the student body is interested/involved with varsity sports, and maybe another third or half is involved with intramurals. Fan support and school spirit are mediocre, I'd guess, and the facilities are rather lacking- we don't even have a full track to practice on and the weight room isn't fab.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at my school offer lots of opportunities for the campus to grow as a community. They offer freebies for the first however many people to come to the games, and they make the varsity games fun to watch. The facilities are awesome, and there are people there to immediately answer any questions you may have.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Students at Seattle Pacific University seem to get pretty involved in sports and support.

3 College Senior

Athletics: There are a limited number of athletics at my school because it is a small, private school. We do not have a football team, but we do have athletics like basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, soccer, and more. These sports do receive a moderate amount of attention, but are not the center of campus life. Intramurals are a pretty well-used resource and get a lot of participation.


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Basketball and soccer are the most popular sports at SPU (men's and women's), along with women's gymnastics. These teams have done exceptionally well during the last few years and have the most enthusiastic fan followings. The "Orangemen of 6th Ashton" make men's basketball a riot for spectators, with their crazy antics, costumes, and shenanigans. The most anticipated games, other than playoffs, are always with rival Seattle University, which is a smaller private school that SPU tends to dominate. Track and field and crew have great reputations, although less hype. Most of the games held in the gymnasium on campus are free for students, but soccer games aren't because the field is not owned by the University.

Intramurals are popular for students living on campus, coed softball and floor hockey in particular. But volleyball, basketball, and soccer also have high turnouts with underclassmen. Off-campus students are much less likely to compete, probably because commuting is an inconvenience. Sorry kids—there's no football team at SPU. But many students like to go watch UW games to get their football fix. Both men's and women's rugby are also great substitutes.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Great Northwest Athletic Conference
School Colors
Maroon and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
112 - 11%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
182 - 9%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Floor hockey
  • Football
  • Free throws
  • Pickleball
  • Pingpong
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Turkey trot
  • Volleyball
  • Weight lifting
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Interbay Stadium
  • Royal Brougham Pavilion
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, gymnastics, soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Crew, track

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 99 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 13% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 73% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 14% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 100 responses

  • 52% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 20% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 25% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 3% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 100 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 48% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 38% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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