The University of Mount Union welcomes the addition of esports to its student life offerings beginning in the fall of 2019. Mount Union’s esports program, much like its academics, will be grounded in the liberal arts tradition and focus on the holistic development of its students. Students on the esports team will be required to hold membership in at least one other campus organization and participate in community service activities.
The institution will be able to offer scholarships to qualified students and Mount Union is currently the first school in Stark County to have a program that offers scholarships to its students. Students that participate in varsity level teams for League of Legends, Overwatch, and Rocket League are eligible to receive a scholarship. Students will also be required to maintain a GPA of over 2.5 and not be under academic probation.
Esports at Mount Union
“Our goal is to be a competitive force in the realm of collegiate esports,” said Ron Holden, assistant dean of students and director of diversity and inclusion at Mount Union. “Players will enhance skills utilized and developed in gaming such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving and leadership. These skills are directly transferable to the careers of tomorrow. It’s very exciting that Mount Union is not only embracing this aspect of today’s culture, but we also providing scholarship opportunities to support earning a college degree.”
We have built a state-of-the-art, dedicated esports facility right on campus. The space is intended to be a home for esports on campus, and a place where the esports community can prosper. In addition to being a place where our varsity athletes can compete, there will also be ‘free play’ PCs for any student on campus to try out some of the games we’re playing, and even destress. The center will be outfitted with custom Respawn Gaming chairs embroidered with the UMU Esports Logo. The Esports Center also includes a Varsity Players Lounge intended to be used for strategy and reviewing game film. The entrance to the facility is the back of the old Family Dollar building on the corner of Union and State.
Varsity Esports Equipment
- iBUYPOWER Slate 2 Custom Built Gaming PCs
- Intel i7 9700k
- MSI GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB
- 16 GB RAM
- Liquid Cooled
- ‘UMU Esports’ Laser Engraving
- Zowie BenQ XL2430 144hz Monitor
- Zowie Celeritas II Keyboard
- Zowie FK1 Mouse
- HyperX Cloud II Headset