Intramural and Intercollegiate Athletics
Wilkes sponsors an active intramural sports program as well as intercollegiate competition in sixteen varsity sports. Varsity sports for women include basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. Men compete at the varsity level in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, and wrestling. Varsity teams compete at the Division III level. Wilkes University is a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), the Metropolitan Conference for Wrestling (MCW), the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
The goal of the intramural program is to provide a comprehensive set of recreational and fitness activities throughout the academic year for the University community. Students, faculty, and staff participate in individual, dual, and team competitions in traditional sports as well as in innovative activities like plyometrics, free-throw competition, and aerobics. Events are organized in structured tournament competition and in one-day special events, using the indoor facilities of the Marts Center, the UCoM Recreation and Athletic Center, and the spacious grounds of the Ralston Field Complex.
Wilkes places the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of the student’s academic program. The University, therefore, seeks to establish and maintain an environment in which a student’s athletic activities are conducted as an integral part of the entire educational experience. The varsity and intramural programs function, then, in an environment that provides for the health and welfare of the student-athletes and values cultural diversity, gender equity, principles of fair play, and amateur athletic competition throughout the University community.