The first time you pull on that black and gold uniform, you’ll see there’s nothing like the experience of being a student and an athlete at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
- It’s about tradition.
- It’s about doing what you love and competing hard.
- It’s about adding what you learn in class to what you learn on a team.
- And it’s about having an amazing college experience.
Being a member of a team provides a sense of belonging, which more closely connects the players to the university as a whole. With a student body of just over 2,000, Nebraska Wesleyan is consistently a top producer of prestigious scholars, NCAA Academic All-Americans, and other national awards.
NWU Intercollegiate Sports
No matter what sports you play, you know how important good positioning is. And NWU holds a unique position in intercollegiate athletics.
In the 2016-17 academic year, Nebraska Wesleyan University joined the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) and compete exclusively in NCAA Division III. On August 9, 2018, the IIAC was renamed as the American Rivers Conference to better reflect this conference's regional and national reach.
Our NCAA affiliation puts you in position to compete on a bigger stage.
And our emphasis on academics puts you in position to pursue a truly excellent education as you continue competing athletically.
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 80 student-athletes winning a combined 119 CoSIDA Academic All-America awards.
This total ranks NWU 10th among all schools and fourth among NCAA Division III institutions. Nebraska Wesleyan holds nearly 100 more Academic All-America awards than its nearest competitor within the GPAC. Nebraska Wesleyan produced nine CoSIDA Academic All-Americans during the 2011-12 school year including seven football Academic All-Americans, one men’s basketball player and one women’s basketball player.
Since 2000, NWU has produced 56 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, which also ranks in the top 15 in the nation.
The Nebraska Wesleyan Spirit Squad is a symbol of team pride and school spirit. Comprised of a cheerleading squad, a dance team and mascot, the Spirit Squad represents the University at athletic events and other campus functions.
Nebraska Wesleyan student-athletes train and compete in excellent facilities.
Recent upgrades in Abel Stadium include a big screen, expanded press box, and a new Mondo surface track.
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 you get the most out of your workouts. The Weary Center also offers a voluntary bike checkout program.
Intramural sports help hard-working students keep active and fit, meet classmates, and have fun competing in the sports you 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.