At Emory, we believe athletics are for everyone, so both campuses offer several levels of play including varsity, intramural, and club. So whether you want to join a spin class, play varsity tennis, or swim laps in the pool, it's easy to find the activity—or healthy competition—you're looking for.

Emory University's well-rounded culture is reflected in the distinction of being one of only a handful of schools in the nation to rank in the top in both the Directors' Cup of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics for best all-around athletics program, and the US News & World Report rankings of best national universities.

Visit our Athletics and the Admission Process webpage for details on how athletic recruitment works in the admission review process.

Emory College Athletics

Emory College's approximately 400 student-athletes compete in 18 NCAA Division III varsity sports. As a Division III school, Emory does not award athletic scholarships, and it emphasizes the balance between sports and studies, so that Emory athletes are true scholar-athletes. We're proud that many of our teams are consistently in the national rankings and that our athletes are fully integrated into the academic, social, and cultural life of the University.

Men's SportsWomen's Sports
BasketballCross Country
Cross CountrySoccer
SoccerSwimming and Diving
Swimming and DivingTennis
TennisTrack and Field
Track and FieldVolleyball

Success has become synonymous with Emory Athletics. Some highlights:

  • Emory has won a total of 20 Division III national championships. The women's swimming and diving teams leads the way with 9 national titles including 2016, while the women's tennis team claims seven titles, also including 2016. The men's tennis team has three national titles, and the volleyball team won a national championship in 2008.
  • Emory has finished among the top 10 DIII programs in the Director's Cup in 15 of the last 16 years, placing third out of 322 schools in 2015-2016.
  • From 1987 through the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, Emory has captured a total of 183 University Athletic Association (UAA) championships.
  • Emory student-athletes have earned a total of 891 All-American statuses since 1983-1984, including 50 athletes who earned this status in 2015-2016.
  • Emory student-athletes have been awarded 103 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships in school history, with 86 awarded since 2000, second only to Stanford for the highest total by any NCAA member.

Oxford College Athletics

Re-established in 1999, Oxford Athletics has shown tremendous success in a short period of time. Four varsity sports were introduced in 1999, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's tennis, and men's tennis. In 2014, men's soccer transitioned from a club sport to varsity. Fall 2016 introduced men's golf, women's golf, men's cross-country and women's cross-country, bringing the department's total number of varsity sports to nine.

  • In 2015-2016, Oxford's men's tennis and women's tennis both won the NJCAA Division III national championship, while women's soccer was a national finalist.
  • Since 2006, Oxford teams have received seven NJCAA DIII national championships, five for men's tennis and two for women's tennis.

Club Sports

Students who don't want to compete at the varsity level but who still enjoy a good bout often become involved in club sports. Club sports give Emory University's community an opportunity to participate in competitive sport activities, improve skill levels, gain leadership experience, and enjoy the recreational and social fellowship derived from sports involvement.

A club sport is a student-run organization that has been given a temporary or permanent charter from the Club Sports Council (CSC) in cooperation with the Department of Recreation and Wellness and the Student Government Association. The key to the success of this program and each individual club is student leadership and participation.

Current club sports include: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, crew, cycle and triathlon, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, jiu jitsu, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, polo, men's rugby, women's rugby, men's soccer, women's soccer, tennis, men's ultimate, women's ultimate, volleyball, men's water polo, women's water polo, and weightlifting. In 2015-2016, 620 students competed in 25 club sports.


Students, staff, and faculty interested in staying in shape and in some smart competition among their Emory peers might choose to participate in Emory's vibrant intramural program. Undergraduates, graduate students, and even staff and faculty participate through membership in the Woodruff Physical Education Center (WoodPEC). Sports include flag football, soccer, softball, basketball, golf, swimming, wrestling, tennis, and more. In 2015-2016, 2,162 students participated in 20 different intramural sports.

Recreation Facilities

Emory is rich with resources, and among the most treasured are our recreational facilities. Access to two Olympic-size pools? That's right. A rock climbing arena? You bet. And lots more.

  • Woodruff Physical Education Center, affectionately known as the WoodPEC, is brimming inside and out with ways to keep you fit.
  • The¬†Student Activity and Academic Center is nearby on the Clairmont campus and features state-of-the-art facilities and programs.
  • The¬†Williams Gymnasium provides Oxford students an opportunity to tone and strengthen their bodies by exercising with free weights, cybex machines, and an array of fitness and exercise machines.
  • Emory Rock Climbing Arena is located on the first floor of the WoodPEC and includes a variety of challenges including corners and overhangs.