Student Life at BW

Sports & Recreation

Sports are everywhere at BW. From varsity champions to intramural competitors, most BW students participate in some kind of sports or fitness activity. That's because you will find an activity and level of competition to suit almost any student.

Varsity Athletics

Generations of student-athletes have played for pride in Baldwin Wallace and love of their sport. The Yellow Jackets compete in 23 varsity athletic sports (12 men and 11 women) at the NCAA Division III level and in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC).

BW's student-athletes excel in their respective sports and in the classroom. Since 1970, BW has 117 all-time CoSIDA Academic All-Americans — most in Ohio and 10th nationally among NCAA Division III colleges.

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Club Sport Teams

If you have an interest and desire to compete on an extramural level, you may be interested in joining one of BW's club sport teams. These teams compete against other college clubs across the country, providing a higher level of competition with an emphasis on fun and fitness. Club sports offer extramural competition as well as off-campus activities that place an emphasis on fun and lifetime fitness activities. Club sports can be competitive, recreational or instructional.

Club sport teams often represent BW in intercollegiate competition or conduct intra-club activities such as practice, instruction, social and tournament play. A number of the club sport teams compete against colleges and universities across the country, and BW club sport teams have won several national championships. Teams sometimes travel out of state and compete against the highest caliber of clubs in the country. Club sports include:

Outdoor Adventures Program

Would you like to take a ski trip or try kayaking? Or maybe you'd rather just take a bike ride through the Metroparks. BW's outdoor adventures program organizes trips and activities and lends equipment like bicycles and camping gear so you can enjoy the great outdoors however you like. There are annual sailing trips in the Florida Keys, whitewater rafting adventures in West Virginia, ski trips to the slopes in New York and West Virginia and camping trips throughout the year.

  • Archery
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Whitewater rafting

Intramural Sports

Every year, thousands (yes, thousands) of BW students compete against each other in one of the most extensive intramural programs for a college of its size in the country. BW's 40 intramural sports range from basketball to flag football and wallyball to ultimate Frisbee. Students have a variety of options for staying active and meeting friends through participation in intramural sports. Tournaments and leagues are offered throughout the academic year and consist of individuals and teams of all ability levels. BW offers men, women and coed leagues.


The facilities at Lou Higgins Recreation Center, including the workout facilities, weight rooms, pool and racquetball courts, are available for use by all students. You can exercise on your own schedule, work with a personal trainer or participate in a group fitness class.


The centerpiece of athletic facilities at BW is the Lou Higgins Recreation Center, home to varsity athletics, sports and recreation programs and the School of Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences. The center includes Ursprung Gymnasium, the Harrison Dillard Track, Natatorium, extensive workout facilities and state-of-the-art athletic training facilities.

George Finnie Stadium is the home field for Yellow Jackets football, lacrosse and soccer teams as well as outdoor track and field. Tressel Field — the playing surface inside Finnie Stadium — was upgraded with new turf and a safety pad to reduce concussions. The track surfaces inside Finnie Stadium feature Olympic-quality materials. The adjacent Packard Athletic Center features new training facilities for BW students and offices for the football and lacrosse teams.

Fisher Field (baseball) and the BW Softball Field are full-turf fields, giving BW the distinction of being the first school in the OAC to have fully turfed baseball and softball complexes.

The Pop Collins Tennis Courts are home to the men's and women's tennis teams.