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3 College Senior

Athletics: I'm not really a sports person, but I know our athletics give their all.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Taylor pride is really strong and students attend athletic games all the time.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I am a member of the track and field team, and while it is a big time commitment, the integration of faith and athletics is really amazing to see. We are always encouraged to glorify God in our competing, which is something I had never experienced at the large, public high school I graduated from.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Student participation is below average

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The varsity sports teams do not have a lot of support from students and don't really perform all that well except for a choice few. The intramurals though are highly popular and definitely the events to go to. Most students participate in at least one and they are great study breaks.


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Taylor University athletics occupies a very unique place in college society. Though most athletes and their sports are respected and, indeed, even admired, sports do not often play a central role in daily life. It's not surprising: The majority of Taylor's athletic programs has a decidedly unremarkable history. TU is not without its highlight reels, though. For instance, the fearsome Lady Trojans volleyball team, the Wagon Wheel winning streak, and, of particular note, the annual Silent Night event, are all major high points in the athletic program. The football team, after a long dry spell, is shaking dust from its shoulders, and Trojan basketball is a force to be reckoned with, as well. But the fact remains: TU is not Purdue. It is not even Butler. On average, students don't turn out altogether too much for games. But if—when—they do come, be prepared for a display of school spirit that would make a Big Ten stadium quake.

In the interest of having a healthy student body, Taylor has an up-to-date workout room called the Well, located within the Kesler Student Activities Center (KSAC), where students can make use of all manner of exercise equipment free of charge. In addition, the KSAC is furnished with a fieldhouse that holds an eighth-mile track and four separate basketball courts, and offers weekly Zumba dance classes, alongside yoga and weight training.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NAIA
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-States Football Association
Basketball: Mid-Central College Conference
School Colors
Purple and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
175 - 22%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
109 - 11%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 54
Basketball: 23
Baseball: 13
Cross Country/Track: 20
Other Sports: 56
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 76%
Basketball: 78%
Baseball: 100%
Cross Country/Track: 82%
Other Sports: 83%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baseball diamonds
  • Fieldhouse
  • Jim Wheeler Memorial Stadium
  • Kesler Student Activities Center (KSAC)
  • Odle Arena
  • Soccer fields
  • Softball fields
  • Tennis courts
  • Track
Most Popular Sports
Basketball is big in the Midwest. Taylor's men's basketball team is popular with students. Women's volleyball and men's soccer are popular sports, as well.
Most Overlooked Teams
Lacrosse and women's soccer are the most overlooked teams. While the football team used to be overlooked, it's regaining its reputation.
School Spirit
The two big displays of school spirit take place during the annual Wagon Wheel football game and Silent Night, a men's basketball game shortly before finals week. Students show up to Silent Night in their pajamas, and the crowd remains silent until the Trojans have scored their tenth point, at which time the crowd erupts. Fans finish off the game by singing the anthem of the event, "Silent Night."
Getting Tickets
Students get free tickets to all athletic events, minus playoff games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Taylor has an old joke that couples seen walking "the Loop," or Vayhinger Circle, the main road through campus, must be "official." Country roads surround one of Taylor's main scenic attractions, Taylor Lake. A small woods on campus has walking trails that allow students to feel immersed in nature, without having to leave campus. Because the Taylor campus is genuinely attractive, students enjoy finding their own places to walk, have devotions, or spend time alone.
Did You Know?
  • The Wagon Wheel game is the first football game of the season against Taylor's rival school, Anderson University. The winner gets to take home the "wagon wheel" until the next year's game.
  • The Lady Trojans were the first NAIA women's volleyball team to reach 1,000 wins.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 87 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 24% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 70% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 6% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 87 responses

  • 57% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 26% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 15% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 87 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 76% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 22% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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