About Athletics

The purpose of Athletics at Walla Walla University is to promote a life-changing experience in a Christian context. The varsity program is committed to excellence in sport, fair competition, commitment to God, and sharing of faith.

As a Seventh-day Adventist comprehensive institution, Walla Walla University provides education with a Christian purpose, as outlined in our objectives. Intercollegiate athletics are an integral and visible part of that education and commitment to spiritual life.

Athletics Program Goals


  1. To encourage students involved in the program to grow in their Christian experience and develop a willingness to share that relationship with others.
  2. To provide the opportunity to be an active witness on the Walla Walla University campus and to the community around us.


  1. The academic program must come first for any athlete on a WWU team. Practices are required; however, arrangements can be made to miss practice if an athlete needs to give additional time to classwork.
  2.  All participants in athletics will be full- time students in good standing at Walla Walla University and will maintain a minimum 12-hour course load and miss no more than three days a quarter due to athletic trips. Participating athletes must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.3 to be eligible to travel or play games outside the Walla Walla Valley. Academic Administration will recommend that the athletes be excused from classes missed during the trips. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be maintained to participate in local games within the Walla Walla Valley. Any student who is on academic probation will not be allowed to participate in the WWU Athletic Program.

If an athlete is on a WWU team that is a member of the NCCAA they must be in compliance with all of the above regulations, as well as, the 12 hour rule and the 24 hour rule, as stated in the NCCAA handbook.


  1. To help each student reach their highest athletic potential as an individual and as a member of a team.
  2. To teach the values of sportsmanship, honesty, dependability, teamwork and selflessness.

Athletics Policies

Athletic policies must be understood and agreed to between the school and the student athlete. Participation in athletics is a privilege, not a right. The athlete must earn this privilege through dedication, desire, discipline and participation. Without the pursuit of those, the athlete can not do justice to himself or the school.

(Purpose and goals as they appear in the Walla Walla University Athletic Program Handbook.)

Page maintained by Gerry Larson
Last update on November 13, 2014