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3 College Senior

Athletics: I only know about athletics at our school because I have made friends with classmates who are themselves school-athletes. Despite this fact, there are many well maintaned sports fields and a giant gym complex that is available to both athletes and average students. The gym is likely one of the biggest buildings on campus and I've even managed to get lost in it once.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not much of a fan base for club sports, but the team is very supportive. They treat everyone like family (minus a few stragglers, but they usually leave). There's a great deal of school spirit and people receive incentives for the more involved they are. (Swim Club offers first picks to those who swim ~2 practices a week)

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I play baseball at the university and the facilities and benefits we get are equivalent to some Division 1 level colleges. We have a community that supports us and a university that cares about our success and well-being.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Most of the athletes seem pretty approachable. I haven't been to many sports games yet but they seem pretty great

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are Eagles and we are definitely proud of it.


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Mary Washington is far from being an athletically focused school, but that doesn't mean that the athletic department doesn't do well. There is no football team, and the sports aren’t very promoted, so most of the students do not attend the events or recognize them as something they should go to.

While the student body is overall impassive when it comes to school spirit and attending games, the sports themselves do well and are respected on campus. The women's swim team has won many CAC (Capital Athletic Conference) championships, along with the men's swim team. Many students tend to actively engage in club sports. A lot of athletes from high school find that club sports accommodate better to their schedules, as club sports are a lot more flexible and low-key than varsity sports. There will be many days when you will see students throwing a Frisbee on Ball Circle, or coming into class utterly muddy from rugby practice. The club sports are recognized to be both fun and challenging. In addition, there are great facilities for sporting events and exercise; the gym is brand-new and very well-equipped, with a pool and tennis court upstairs.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Capital Athletic Conference
School Colors
Navy blue and gray
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
224 - 16%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
256 - 10%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoe and kayak
  • Cheerleading
  • Colorguard
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Terrapins-synchro swimming
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cornhole
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Inner tube water polo
  • Kickball
  • Punt, pass, and kick
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Battleground Athletic Complex
  • Hazelwild Farm
  • Hope Springs Marina
  • Indoor Tennis Center
  • William M. Anderson Center/Goolrick Gymnasium/Fitness Center
Most Popular Sports
Lacrosse, soccer, and track
Most Overlooked Teams
Tennis, swimming, and volleyball
School Spirit
Most students do not hear of the games, let alone attend them. Around Homecoming it appears to be more pivotal to attend a game or two, but overall, students do not show much interest in attending games. The most spirit stems from the members within the varsity sports or the friends associated with the players-but school spirit is not a common theme at the University.
Getting Tickets
Attending any varsity sports games is entirely free, and you can come and leave as you please.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Alum Springs Park is a great place to take a walk, as is Hurkamp Park.
Did You Know?
The University plays in the Capital Athletic Conference, where it has won more conference championships than any other school.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 78 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 19% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 60% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 19% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 79 responses

  • 35% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 25% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 35% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 77 responses

  • 3% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 55% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 31% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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