Athletics & Campus Recreation

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 495 Ivy League championships, nearly one quarter of all championships won in Ivy history and nearly 30 percent of the league championships won in the last 20 years. Princeton has finished as the top Ivy League team in the Directors’ Cup, which attempts to rank the top athletic programs in the country through NCAA championship participation and success, in 23 of the 26 years it has been awarded, including in 2018–19, when Princeton finished 30th in Division I.

By combining that success with the highest ethical and moral standards, with an emphasis on performance science to promote student-athlete wellness and experience, and with its place as a highly visible window into the University for the local community and 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 12 Ivy League championships and 15 overall league titles during the 2018–19 academic year. Princeton’s Ivy League champions include: football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s hockey, men’s indoor track & field, women’s tennis, men’s golf, women’s lacrosse, women’s open rowing and men’s outdoor track & field while Princeton won championships in non-Ivy conferences in men’s water polo, men’s volleyball, and women’s lightweight rowing.
  • Princeton was ranked 30th in Division I in the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup, which measures the best overall athletic programs based on NCAA championship participation and success.
  • Princeton fields 37 varsity teams (33 varsity teams that compete for official Ivy League championships and four other varsity teams that compete for championships of other organizations) with nearly 1,000 varsity athletes, or approximately 20 percent of the undergraduate student body.
  • Princeton athletes perform more than 4,000 hours of community service each year.

What We Do

Intercollegiate Athletics/Sport Clubs
  • During the 2018–19 academic year, Princeton fielded 37 intercollegiate varsity teams and 38 club teams, involving over 2,000 students (approximately 40 percent of the undergraduate student body).
Campus Recreation
  • Campus Recreation’s intramural/special event program had approximately 375 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 48 classes offered with over 1,500 participants, 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 2018–19 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.