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5 College Senior

Athletics: Athletics are very important to Willamette, as is showcased in the gym equipped with a pool, two locker rooms, two basketball courts, myriad classrooms and offices, a medical assistance room, a weight room, and a workout room with two multipurpose rooms. The students and faculty alike have a lot of school spirit and spunk when it comes to athletics - whether that be varsity or intramural.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Being a soccer player for the university, it is great. The facilities are amazing and all brand new with a great coaching staff and physical therapy team to ensure that athletes are performing at their optimum level

4 College Freshman

Athletics: There are so many intramural and club teams. It's a great way to get to know people on campus and get involved.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics department is great, and it is fun to attend athletic events. The administration has made some unfortunate changes to the athletics, though, which is extremely frustrating.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit is minimal, but intramural events keep everyone involved.


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Willamette is a Division III school that has strong athletics, but it places a priority on academics. Most student athletes at Willamette were good athletes in high school, but some simply walk onto a team while in college. Despite being Division III, playing sports at Willamette is a major time commitment. Between practices, games, team meetings, and required workout times, athletes will find little time to do much else other than go to class. Athletes will mostly be friends with other athletes because that is with whom they spend time. While there is a small group of hardcore fans that will attend most sporting events, the overall student attendance at athletic events is relatively low. While varsity sports don’t attract many students, intramural sports are very popular. Most Willamette students will participate in at least one intramural in a bid to win the coveted "I Win" championship shirts. One could easily argue that the "I Win" shirts earn more respect than a varsity sweatshirt.

Another popular outlet for athletics is the club sports teams, which are semi-competitive, competing against other area colleges. Club sports are a great option for students who want to compete in more competitive sports but don’t want to make the time commitment needed for varsity sports. Popular club sports include men’s and women’s rugby, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Northwest Conference
Basketball: Northwest Conference
School Colors
Maroon and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
278 - 35%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
178 - 18%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Backpacking
  • Badminton
  • Broadway dancers
  • Cheer squad
  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • Dance team
  • Disc golf
  • Hockey
  • Juggling/unicycling
  • Kayaking
  • Lacrosse
  • Longboard
  • Martial arts
  • Quidditch
  • Racquetball
  • Rod and reel
  • Rugby
  • SCUBA diving
  • Skeet
  • Ski and snowboard
  • Soccer (men's and women's)
  • Swing dancing
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Mushball
  • Paper football
  • Pingpong
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Lestle J. Sparks Center
  • McCulloch Stadium
  • Roy S. "Spec" Keene Stadium
  • Willamette University Softball Field
Most Popular Sports
The best-attended sporting events are football and men's basketball games.
Most Overlooked Teams
The soccer, cross country, and track teams are all stellar and should be supported more than they are.
School Spirit
Unfortunately, there is a major lack of school spirit at Willamette. Students have more pride regarding their activities-intramural teams, Greek chapters, and clubs-than Willamette as a whole. Willamette is a smaller school that is relatively unknown outside of the Northwest, so it is a little difficult to show an abundance of school spirit, especially with a group of apathetic students. Sporting events can get rowdy and noisy at times, but that is usually due to another "spirit," not school spirit.
Getting Tickets
It is a very simple process for students: Walk up to the table at the door, flash your student ID, and then walk into the gymnasium or stadium. For students, sporting events are free and rarely full.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Bush Park is close to campus but far enough away that you can get a good walk in. Just do not go at night.
Did You Know?
Six Willamette alumni have gone on to be Olympians in events such as the discus throw, 25k walk, 800m run, and team handball.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 74 responses

  • 1% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 18% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 70% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 11% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 75 responses

  • 52% 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.
  • 31% 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 69 responses

  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 75% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 22% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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