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Mission Statement

In the pursuit of excellence, the Athletic Department strives to be the most innovative and successful athletic program in the prestigious New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and a leader at the national level. Wesleyan University pursues excellence in all of its programs. Athletics, as an integral part of the overall educational process, is uniquely positioned to enhance a liberal arts education. Wesleyan coaches share the same goal as the entire Wesleyan community: to transform the lives of our students. To achieve this goal, the University is committed to support our highly trained and dedicated faculty-coaches who practice their craft in state-of-the-art facilities.

The Wesleyan Athletic Department supports a broad range of intercollegiate teams that encourage scholar-athletes to develop their skills and themselves to their full potential and to benefit from the lessons learned from perseverance, competition, sacrifice and teamwork. The University believes that successful intercollegiate teams serve to build a sense of spirit and community on campus and are a source of institutional pride for our alumni. Wesleyan's commitment extends to all intercollegiate athletic activities for women and men’s sports, and benefits from the outstanding student-athletes who matriculate to Wesleyan each year.

The Athletic Department also provides a wide array of health and wellness courses and lifetime skill activities that encourage students to develop the habit of leading healthy and balanced lives.


Wesleyan University prepares students to face a rapidly changing world with confidence and a sense of responsibility to make the world a better place. To that end, the Athletic Department views its interactions with students as opportunities to help them discover, develop and test their skills to create positive change. Through the pursuit of healthy habits and participation in competitive intercollegiate athletics, Wesleyan scholar-athletes embrace the level of commitment necessary to achieve their individual goals, aware of the need to bring out the best in others, successful on the field of play and in the classroom and practiced in the art of leadership. It is, in fact, the University's expectation that the men and women who participate in our athletic program will be exceptionally prepared to excel, contribute, and lead in their communities and beyond.

Wesleyan University Athletic Department Value Statement

In order to achieve our institutional mission and have successful athletic teams, Wesleyan scholar-athletes are guided by core values:

Teamwork: We work collaboratively and we work hard in a cooperative spirit. 

Respect: We respect ourselves and others and embrace our diversity. 

Balance: We commit ourselves to our athletic endeavors while recognizing the importance of academic pursuits and community involvement. 

Accountability: We hold ourselves and each other accountable for our words and our actions. 

Citizenship: We are responsible, caring, and active citizens within and beyond the Wesleyan community. 

Integrity: We have a high regard for truth, play according to the rules, strive to act in ethical ways and are sincere in our actions.

Humility: We are grateful for our opportunities and mindful that our participation in athletics is a privilege and not an entitlement. 

Sportsmanship: We are gracious competitors regardless of the final score and conduct ourselves with dignity under pressure and in the face of adversity.