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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: At West Virginia University one of the largest organizations is the Mountaineer Maniacs, which is a fan base for all sports at the university. Game days in Morgantown are some of my most remarkable memories, I love football and basketball way too much to never have an opinion on the Athletics. The student involvement as well as team performance are just phenomenal

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports here are more important than the academics and it is not a good thing.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit here is amazing. Even the regular people who just live here have a bunch of school spirit.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I am not going for the athletics, but it seems great for all the students.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Great atmosphere, you can tell people love to be here


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Sports garner a lot of attention and love from not only the students at WVU but the surrounding community members as well. There are no professional sports teams in the state of West Virginia, so the Mountaineers are the next best thing. Fan support for the University’s athletic teams is extremely high, and the students take as much pride in the teams as the players do. The most popular sports are football and basketball. Football games are almost always sold out on Saturdays, and the Coliseum is always packed for Mountaineer basketball games.

With a new ticketing system, tickets are not as easy to get as they used to be. It is all done online, and students have to request a ticket and then hope to receive an e-mail after a waiting period to find out if they obtained a ticket or not. Student tickets to all athletic events are free because a minimal price is paid in the Student Activities Fee. On football game days, Morgantown becomes the most populated city in the state because of the fan base that travels to Milan Puskar Stadium for the game. Traffic is not as terrible as some would think, however, because the state troopers direct traffic and turn off traffic lights. The best rivalry we have is against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Intramural sports are popular at WVU, but not overly anticipated. There are several sports offered in male, female, and coed leagues during all seasons of the year. The most popular intramurals are basketball and flag football.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Twelve Conference
Basketball: Big Twelve Conference
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
302 - 3%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
266 - 3%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 87
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 29
Cross Country/Track: 23
Other Sports: 140
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 57%
Basketball: 14%
Baseball: 11%
Cross Country/Track: 71%
Other Sports: 63%
Men's Varsity Sports
Women's Varsity Sports
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Billiards
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Skiing
  • Snowboard
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Basketball Practice Facility
  • Caperton Indoor Facility
  • Cary Gym
  • Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium
  • DreamsWork Field
  • Hawley Field
  • Milan Puskar Center
  • Milan Puskar Stadium
  • Mountaineer Rifle Range
  • Mountaineer Tennis Courts
  • Mountaineer Track
  • Ridgeview Racquet Club
  • Student Recreation Center
  • WVU Boathouse
  • WVU Coliseum
  • WVU Natatorium
  • WVU Shell Building
  • WVU Wrestling Pavilion
Most Popular Sports
Football and basketball are the most popular sports at WVU. The student sections are always packed and rowdy for each home game.
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's and men's soccer and men's wrestling are both overlooked. Each year, they all perform well enough to get into their respective league tournaments. They have also received invitations to national tournaments, as well as had individual players win national honors.
School Spirit
School spirit at WVU is one of the main things that makes this school what it is. Students here love their school and their sports teams, and they are not afraid to show their appreciation for them. The student sections for football and basketball games are always completely full, and around campus, students can always be seen donning their WVU apparel.
Getting Tickets
Student tickets to sporting events are included in the student activities fee. Students get their tickets through Non-students can get tickets from there also.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Rail Trail is a popular place for people to walk and jog. It runs by the river and is often crowded with people. Students can also be seen just walking through campus because it is very well lit and safe.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 240 responses

  • 33% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 62% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 241 responses

  • 6% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 55% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 39% 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 240 responses

  • 40% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 53% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 5% 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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