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5 College Junior

Athletics: The school spirit at my university is astounding! The athletics are phenomenal (especially our football team) as well as the facilities. Students support every team whether male or female and attend every game that they can!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I know they have a great football team

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I play lacrosse here at Mount and was recruited to do so, the facilities aren't bad but had better in highschool when it came to certain things. We were recently stuck on the side of the road when our travel bus had a flat tire 28 miles away and the school sent no one to come get us. I even called the dean while on the bus he had no idea about the situation we were on the side of an interstate for 4 hours...... GO MOUNT GO...

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity athletics at Mount Union are the best. We have a championship football team. The rest of the sports are at the top or close to the top of our conference.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The University of Mount Union is known for its great team sports. Students really enjoy attending games and it is a big part of campus life.


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Mount Union students tend to be active, and athletics are an important part of campus life. The University sponsors 21 varsity teams, which compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) and NCAA Division III athletics. Mount is notorious for its football team, which has won 18 consecutive OAC championships and a record 10 NCAA national championships in Division III. Ironically, the football team's success is often criticized by students; many feel that academics and other sports are overshadowed by football, and some find the one-sided games a bit boring. That being said, football games still generate the most hype and school spirit of all the athletic events on campus. Other teams perform well, too, and Mount Union athletes are frequently recognized by the OAC and NCAA. The school's Division III status means that no athletic scholarships are offered, but there are still plenty of talented student athletes on campus.

There are also many options for students who don't play varsity sports. Mount Union offers a variety of intramural sports like sand volleyball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee, dodgeball, and intertube water polo. Students can participate in weekly fitness classes like yoga and RaiderRobics for free, or enroll in courses like dance, swimming, and karate as a part of their regular courseload. All students also have access to the fitness equipment in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (affectionately known as the MAAC). The MAAC was recently renovated in 2009 and features a natatorium, several gymnasiums, cardio and weight training equipment, classrooms, exercise science laboratories, and much more. Whether you're a varsity athlete or just want to get in better shape, Mount Union offers great programs and facilities for any fitness level.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Ohio Athletic Conference
Basketball: Ohio Athletic Conference
School Colors
Purple and white
School Nickname
Purple Raiders/MUcaw
Men Playing Varsity Sports
536 - 48%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
196 - 19%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
Dance team
  • Basketball (men's and women's)
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Golf scramble
  • Innertube water polo
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (indoor and sand)
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • 23rd Street Field
  • Alliance Country Club
  • Gulling Training Center
  • McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex
  • Mount Union Stadium
  • Tannenhauf Golf Club
  • Wable-Harter Building
Most Popular Sports
No doubt about it-Mount Union loves its football. Other sports are moderately popular, but nothing compares to football fever!
Most Overlooked Teams
Basketball, soccer, swimming
School Spirit
Athletics are an important part of life at Mount Union, and no team is more integral than the championship-winning Purple Raiders football team. Many fans tailgate or grab brunch at the cafeteria before home games, and by kickoff time, the stands are packed with students, parents, and alumni, clad in purple and white. Keep an eye out for MUcaw and the Purple Suits (a group of Mount Union men dressed in purple-dyed suits), and get ready for some push-ups-the Mount Union cheerleaders do a push-up for each point on the scoreboard after every touchdown. Oddly enough, the only downside to the games is actually the team's strength-stands usually clear out after halftime because the Raiders are so far ahead of the competition. However, some loyal fans stay until the end.
Getting Tickets
Tickets for sporting events can be ordered in advance by calling the Athletic Ticket Office, but it's usually not necessary. Students get into most home events for free with a Purple Plus Card, and there are typically plenty of tickets to go around at the gate.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Mount Union has its very own park, the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center located just a few miles from campus. The Nature Center covers 109 acres and features hiking trails and a bird observatory. Or, if you're looking for something a little closer to campus, Alliance's Silver Park is just down the road on Union Avenue.
Did You Know?
  • The Purple Raiders football team has the best winning percentage and most wins in college football since 1990.
  • Mount Union's mascot, the purple parrot known as MUcaw, is genderless.
  • RaiderRobics, a free aerobics class, is offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays during the school year and is taught by a certified instructor.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 81 responses

  • 36% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 56% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 81 responses

  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 47% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 27% 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 81 responses

  • 19% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 74% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 6% 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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