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Athletics

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are a major highlight of student life.

5 College Junior

Athletics: I didn't expect our football games to be this exciting but the students are always pumped to cheer on our team!

4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic department is a great aspect to the school. Free admission is given to currently enrolled students and many prizes are given away at most sporting events as incentive to come to the games.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Students do go to the games, however because the tickets are free no one feels obligated to go especially when some of our teams are just okay. Our facilities are super nice and freshly remodeled and always a fun time but we don't compare to a school like MSU who has a good portion of their student population buy season tickets and attend/watch all games because they are so good.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Everywhere I walk outside i see brown and gold. Most students go to the football, hockey, and basketball games. Its always a fun time and everytime I have went something memorable has happened.

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Western is a Division I school, and for football, spirit is off the charts. Hockey, baseball, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, rugby, and lacrosse are also some of the biggest sports at the University. Football games are outrageous; the stands are filled with cheering students, decked out in school apparel. Tailgating is one of the most attended events on campus.

In terms of facilities, there is the Student Recreation Center, filled with workout equipment, where students can be seen getting their fitness on. Students can also work out at the Donald Seelye Athletic Center, where the football team practices and trains. This gym is centered mostly around free weights and cardio equipment.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Mid-American Conference
Basketball: Mid-American Conference
School Colors
Brown and gold
School Nickname
Broncos
Men Playing Varsity Sports
213 - 2%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
157 - 2%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 80
Basketball: 27
Baseball: 33
Cross Country/Track: 32
Other Sports: 126
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 62%
Basketball: 50%
Baseball: 50%
Cross Country/Track: 65%
Other Sports: 67%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Inline hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Skating
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Water ski/waterboard
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Ice hockey
  • Inline hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Donald Seelye Athletic Center
  • Ebert Field
  • Kanley Track
  • Lawson Arena
  • The Moors
  • Pine View Golf Club (XC Course)
  • Read Fieldhouse/University Arena
  • Robert J. Bobb Stadium at Hyames Field
  • Sorensen Courts/West Hills Athletic Club
  • Waldo Stadium
  • WMU Soccer Complex
Most Popular Sports
Basketball and football are the biggest sports at Western, with baseball in third. Hockey is also one of the biggest sports at the school.
Most Overlooked Teams
The soccer and swimming teams are very good, but not a lot of students attend their games.
School Spirit
School spirit is huge at Western. You'll always see people wearing school colors and Western gear. During games, people deck themselves out in school apparel.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are free for students, as it is worked into the tuition. Just flash your student ID for entry. For nonstudents, ticket prices are adjusted during the season.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 277 responses

  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 61% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 34% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 280 responses

  • 18% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 41% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 41% 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 280 responses

  • 9% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 77% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 12% 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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