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3 College Junior

Athletics: Football is the only sport here than anyone cares about. Nothing else really matters to anyone. No one goes to basketball or baseball unless they are giving out free stuff.

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1 College Junior

Athletics: THIS UNIVERSITY CARES TOO MUCH ABOUT ATHLETICS BUT I GUESS THAT IS THE MAJORITY OF SCHOOLS IN THIS NATION

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are a big part of this school and they are very well known on campus. The athletic facilities are very large and extremely nice and expensive. Football and basketball are the largest sports and many of the students are supportive and show up to the sporting events.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Western's school spirit is on a whole new level.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone enjoys the athletics at school . The biggest sport is football as it is at every other university. Everyone at Western is involved in tailgating and the events before the game.

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Though WKU is not known for athletic prowess, sports still bring students together and foster a sense of WKU spirit. The most popular sports, football and basketball, are met with painted fans, signs, excitement, and enthusiasm. Tailgating is a huge activity, and the student sections of both basketball and football games are nearly always packed. Most other sports fade into the background, but it is these sports that bring home the trophies. Though the basketball team is good, they haven't brought home consecutive Sun Belt Conference championships like the track team. The swim team and women's soccer team are also both champions, but, unfortunately, people don't go to these games, follow the teams religiously, or get dressed up for them. 

Club teams and intramurals are also often overlooked. Though sports from basketball to lacrosse to flag football to rugby are thoroughly enjoyed by many students, they receive little attention from the general student population. What has received attention lately is the dazzling new gym, which features tons of new machines and cardio equipment with built-in TVs! Perfect for keeping off the Freshman 15!

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Sun Belt Conference
Basketball: Sun Belt Conference
School Colors
Red and white
School Nickname
Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers
Men Playing Varsity Sports
237 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
152 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 9
Basketball: 8
Baseball: 9
Cross Country/Track: 9
Other Sports: 48
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 62%
Basketball: 44%
Baseball: 29%
Cross Country/Track: 63%
Other Sports: 57%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Badminton
  • Bowling
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Disc golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Paintball
  • Roller hockey
  • Rugby
  • S.T.R.I.P.E.S.
  • Schleuderball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bunny hop
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Pickleball
  • Putt-putt
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Turkey trot
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bill Powell Natatorium
  • Charles M. Ruter Track
  • E.A. Diddle Arena
  • Hattie L. Preston Intramural Sports Complex
  • Houchens Industries - L.T. Smith Stadium
  • Nick Denes Field
  • WKU Softball Field
Most Popular Sports
Football, men's basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
We do have some other really great teams, but if they aren't football, basketball, or baseball, they tend to fade into the background.
Getting Tickets
Students get in for free (with their student IDs) to all sporting events.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Walking around campus is really beautiful, and you get your workout walking up the hill! If you are looking for something else, walking just over the top of the hill takes you into downtown Bowling Green. While farther into downtown can become a little "sketchy," the area close to campus has tons of beautifully restored houses. Fountain Square Park has a little bit of green space, and is surrounded by galleries, night clubs, coffee shops, etc. in historic buildings.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 106 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 70% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 25% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 3% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 106 responses

  • 28% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 42% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 28% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 102 responses

  • 10% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 79% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 2% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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