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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Freeman athletic centre is pretty great

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Small gym for students to use, and it is always difficult to get an open treadmill, etc. Hours are kind of bad.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: As a student athlete, I felt supported by the school and the facilities.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Great facilities for such a small school

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Varsity sports go pretty much unnoticed, though we've had a pretty good football program in the last few years that's rising in popularity.

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People who are into athletics at Wesleyan get "really" into it. The teams compete in the Division III NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) bracket (which can be learned about through its unofficial Twitter account, @inthecac), meaning it's slightly less of a commitment than at larger schools. The athletic facilities are great, and there is some school spirit—at least for the Homecoming game.

The downside to athletics, of course, is the large hipster population. This population is largely apathetic to sports and will only watch baseball games by accident because they happen to be sitting on Foss Hill and can't avoid watching. If you are an extremely serious athlete, this might not be the school for you. While sports are definitely there, they are more of a sidenote to Wesleyan's general laid-back, hippie-hipster attitude.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Small College Ath Conf
Basketball: New England Small College Ath Conf
School Colors
Cardinal and black
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
356 - 26%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
255 - 17%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Ice hockey
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Passing league
  • Soccer (indoor, outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Andersen Fitness Center
  • Andersen Track
  • Bacon Field House
  • Corwin Stadium at Andrus Field
  • Dresser Diamond at Andrus Field
  • Freeman Athletic Center
  • Jackson Field
  • John Wood Memorial Tennis Courts
  • Macomber Boathouse
  • Rosenbaum Squash Center
  • Silloway Gymnasium
  • Smith Field
  • Softball field
  • Spurrier-Snyder Rink
  • Wes Fuhrman '05 Trails Cross Country Course
  • Wesleyan Natatorium
  • Wrestling room
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, football, and lacrosse
Most Overlooked Teams
Badminton, squash, and volleyball
School Spirit
While traditional school spirit in the "ra-ra," banner-waving sense is sparse at Wesleyan, the traditionally rebellious attitude of the student body exemplifies most enthusiasm for the school as an institution. However, most students at Wesleyan are deeply devoted to their University and see it as a completely unique school in a league of its own. While Wesleyan Cardinal T-shirts are rare, Wesleyan students are united by a sincere appreciation for the opportunities and experiences Wesleyan allows them.
Getting Tickets
Except for tournament games, Wesleyan sporting events are free to Wesleyan students. There is a box office located in Usdan University Center, but this is primarily for arts events.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Any one of the nearby trails, especially in the fall.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 15% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 68% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 17% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 52 responses

  • 31% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 17% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 50% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 52 responses

  • 21% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 62% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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