Wesleyan University Top Questions

Tell us about the sports scene on campus.


Wesleyan has a reputation for poor sports teams, but that doesn't hold true across all sports. That said, it's by no means a sports school--there will be maybe a couple hundred students at the typical home football games. If you're looking for a scene where absolutely EVERYONE is there on game day, Wes may not be your school.


Wesleyan is DIII and participates in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference). The NESCAC consists of all the top-academic co-ed liberal arts colleges in New England: Wesleyan, Williams, Amherst, Middlebury, Tufts, Bowdoin, Bates, Colby, Hamilton, Trinity, and Conn College. It is, by far, the most competitive DIII conference in the country. Traditionally, Wes is not known for its sports. We do have some bad teams, but we also have some really good teams. Most teams fall in the middle of the pack, conference-wise. Our Men's Soccer and Men's Lacrosse teams are always at the top and have gone to the NCAAs multiple times. Athletics across the board is getting way better because I think our administration is actively making an effort to get better athletes here. The top sports will usually have a pretty good showing at their sporting events, and everyone comes out for homecoming. It's a pretty decent sport scene for a school that is small and isn't that jock-y. I had a great time playing my sport at Wes.