Athletics for All

From our Big 10 football powerhouse days to our enduring commitment to the scholar-athlete, UChicago boasts a rich history in campus and intercollegiate athletics. Over 400 honors were given to the nearly 600 students who played on our 19 men’s and women’s NCAA Division III varsity teams last year. Meanwhile, whether star athletes or novices, we all get in on the action through over 500 intramural teams, 39 club sports, and the state-of-the-art Ratner Athletics Center.

Three tiers of athletics:

Scholar Athletes

Rather than athletics distracting from an educational experience, the University of Chicago believes that academic and athletic excellence can complement each other. The University encourages talented students to achieve competitive success as well as academic distinction, and during the past few years UChicago teams, student-athletes, and coaches have met that challenge. UChicago student-athletes are students first, and maintain grade point averages within a tenth of a point of the average student GPA.

Winning Traditions

Now a member of a Division III Athletic conference, the University Athletic Association (UAA), the UChicago Maroons compete alongside seven other major research universities in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions: Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, New York University, the University of Rochester, and Washington University in St. Louis.

In the past 10 years, UChicago has captured UAA team championships in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track and field, women’s indoor track and field, and wrestling. The Maroons have also appeared in the men’s and women’s soccer final fours and the men’s basketball sectional championship. 

Though Division III schools do not offer scholarships, we do recruit student athletes throughout the year. If you are interested in playing on a varsity team, visit the athletics website to fill out the interest form for your respective sport.