The Department of Athletics and Recreation affords students opportunities to participate in a challenging and competitive varsity sports program and engaging recreation and wellness activities. The ultimate goal is to enrich students’ lives in college and enhance their preparation for full and rewarding lives after college. All programs are designed to enhance physical and emotional health and to complement academic success. The varsity sports program complies with the principles of fair play and amateur competition as defined by the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Program Learning Goals
The Department of Athletics achieves its mission by establishing the following learning goals for students:
- To construct a greater understanding of self through their experiences in athletics.
- To demonstrate the ability to perform as a collaborative unit.
- To engage in experiences to enhance community relations.
- To challenge the viewpoints of themselves and others to expand awareness of difference.
- To choose behaviors, skills and habits that support their overall health and well-being.
The University offers 16 intercollegiate sports competing at the NCAA Division II level: men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, track and tennis; men’s baseball and golf; and women’s lacrosse, rowing, softball and volleyball. The University holds membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Athletic scholarships are available, and interested students should contact the Department of Athletics at 215.951.2720 for more information.
Undergraduate students are required to take two semesters (.5 credits each semester) of fitness, wellness or recreation options to complete the PE requirement for graduation, which can be satisfied by two seasons of varsity intercollegiate competition.