Overview of Athletics and Recreation
The Athletic Department at Nebraska Wesleyan University strives to enrich the holistic development of individual participants from diverse backgrounds beginning with the recruiting process and throughout athletic involvement. Through the myriad of experiences related to intercollegiate competition, participants will experience leadership opportunities, teamwork, and rewards unique to the athletic arena.
The Athletic Department provides a positive educational experience through athletic competition. This competition includes a commitment to the American Rivers Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III. The Nebraska Wesleyan student-athlete experience will foster athletic achievement and enhance the students’ learning, personal development, and leadership. The athletic department supports a broad range of athletic opportunities and programs, enabling student-athletes to reach their full potential as athletes, students, and people.
Students who participate in intercollegiate athletics at Nebraska Wesleyan University will:
- Accept the responsibility to become an effective, contributing member of society.
- Perform as a positive role model on the campus and in the wider community.
- Fulfill academic responsibilities while progressing steadily toward meeting requirements for a degree.
- Develop a positive self-concept as a team member.
- Set and strive to achieve realistic and attainable goals.
- Progress toward personal physical and mental potential.
- Develop a greater appreciation and understanding of their sport.
- Develop positive characteristics including perseverance, responsibility, sportsmanship, cooperation, and accountability.
- Meet challenges when faced with adversity.
- Improve decision-making skills.
NWU Intercollegiate Sports
Nebraska Wesleyan University competes exclusively in NCAA Division III as a member of the American Rivers Conference. The NCAA affiliation puts students in a position to compete on a bigger stage. And the emphasis on academics puts students in a position to pursue a truly excellent education as they continue competing athletically.
NWU sponsors ten men’s varsity sports—baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, and wrestling—and 11 women’s varsity sports—basketball, cheer, cross country, dance, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
A Leader in Academic All-Americans
Nebraska Wesleyan University ranks among the all-time leaders in the entire nation, regardless of college division (NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA), with 120 student-athletes winning a combined 187 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards.
This total ranks NWU seventh among all schools and third among NCAA Division III institutions. Since 2000, NWU has produced 124 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, ranking 9th in the nation.
The 2021-2022 Year in Review
- Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year
- Two NCAA Postgraduate Scholars
- Ten All-Americans
- Eleven Individuals and One Team Qualified for An NCAA Championship
- Three Academic All-Americans
- Fourteen CoSIDA Academic All-District Selections
- One Hundred and Fifty-Six Conference All-Academic Awards
- Forty-Eight All-Conference Selections
The Weary Center for Health and Fitness houses the 2,350-seat Snyder Arena, an outstanding athletic training program, an aerobics/dance exercise room, an Olympic-size pool, racquetball courts, and a top-notch circuit room and weight room. Technology in the weight room, like camera-equipped squat boxes, helps students get the most out of workouts. The Weary Center also offers a voluntary bike checkout programs.
Intramural sports help hard-working students keep active and fit, meet classmates, and have fun competing in the sports they love. This comprehensive program offers individual and team sports through organized leagues, tournaments, and special events. Many sports offer both competitive and just-for-fun leagues.