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.