Princeton Athletics & Campus Recreation

The Department of Athletics and Campus Recreation operates under a set of core values based on a commitment to providing the best possible undergraduate experience for its student-athletes, competing for league and national championships and remaining faithful to the belief that athletics exist as an extension of the overall educational mission of the University.  These values are known as “Education Through Athletics,” and the departmental goal is to guide the athletes as they “Achieve, Serve, Lead.”

Who We Are

Princeton has won 452 Ivy League championships (25 percent of all championships won) and nearly 30 percent of the league championships in the last 20 years (222 of 750). Princeton has finished as the top Ivy team in the Directors’ Cup, based on overall NCAA championship results, in 20 of the 23 years it has been awarded, including a 35th-place finish in 2015 –16.

By combining that success with the highest ethical and moral standards, the ability to operate in an economical and efficient manner and its place as a highly visible window into the University for the local community and the alumni all over the world, the Department of Athletics gives Princeton a source of great pride while serving as a national model for intercollegiate athletics.

Our Impact

  • Princeton won 14 Ivy League championships and one other league championship in the 2015 –16 academic year.
  • Princeton fielded 38 varsity teams with 1,066 varsity athletes, or 20 percent of the undergraduate student body, during the 2015 –16 academic year.
  • Princeton was represented in the Rio Summer Olympics by 13 athletes (11 former, two current) who won three medals, one gold (water polo), one silver (rowing) and one bronze (soccer).
  • Princeton has 33 varsity teams that compete for official Ivy League championships and four other varsity teams that compete for the championships of other organizations.
  • Princeton finished 35th in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup — measuring overall athletic success based on NCAA championship placings — in 2015 –16, finishing as the highest Ivy League and Football Championship Subdivision team. Princeton has been the top Ivy finisher in 20 of the 23 years the Cup has been awarded.
  • More than 4,000 hours of community service are performed by varsity student-athletes each year.

What We Do

Intercollegiate Athletics/Sport Clubs
  • During the 2015 –16 academic year, Princeton fielded 38 intercollegiate varsity teams and 37 club teams, involving 2,066 students (approximately 40 percent of the undergraduate student body).
Campus Recreation
  • Campus Recreation’s intramural/special event program had approximately 500 teams last year. Among the most popular intramural programs are soccer, volleyball, broomball, basketball, tennis, ice hockey and softball. The annual Dodgeball Tournament, held each April in Dillon Gym, continues to be a significant campus-wide event, drawing more than 100 student-organized teams.
  • Group Fitness and instructional classes serve the needs of faculty, staff, alumni, community members, undergraduate and graduate students and their families.
  • Of the 1,800 classes held, the most popular are: Group Fitness (BodyPump, Zumba, TRX); yoga/pilates; cycling; dance; martial arts; and racquet sports. Informal recreation is also popular on campus.
  • During the 2015 –16 year, almost 250,000 patron usages were tallied in the Stephens Fitness Center, with approximately 300,000 card swipes collected by the Dillon Gym front desk card reader.