All About NYU Athletics

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NYU Athletics offers students a range of competitive varsity and intramural sports

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It's Game Time at NYU

Each year at NYU, 450 student athletes compete on 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports teams. Plus, 850 students face off against rival schools on 24 intercollegiate club teams. Last year alone, more than 2,400 NYU students went head-to-head on the playing field while participating in a full roster of intramural sports. Students can participate in NYU Athletics at any level.

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Go Violets!

Varsity-level sports at NYU are extremely competitive. Our 23 varsity teams attract top-tier talent across all sports, including golf, swimming, wrestling, basketball, and volleyball. In 2018, Ian Rainey became the first NYU men’s swimmer to win an individual national championship. Additionally, the 2018–2019 season saw four more national championships, three by individual swimmer Honore Collins and one by the women’s golf team, the first in the program’s history. In the NACDA College Directors’ Cup standings, NYU ranked as high as No. 13 during the 2018–2019 season, finishing No. 34 out of 338 NCAA Division III institutions.

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“Being an NYU athlete is like having a home inside a big city. In a city full of options, it’s amazing to be part of the excitement of NYU Athletics and feel supported by our fellow students and campus community. I’m proud to be a Violet!" -Janean Cuffee, Steinhardt, NYU Women’s Basketball
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NYU Varsity Athletics

NYU’s 23 varsity sports teams compete at the NCAA Division III level.

MEN’S VARSITY TEAMS
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country
Fencing
Golf
Soccer
Swimming and Diving
Tennis
Track and Field (Indoor)
Track and Field (Outdoor)
Volleyball
Wrestling

WOMEN’S VARSITY TEAMS
Basketball
Cross-Country
Fencing
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and Diving
Tennis
Track and Field (Indoor)
Track and Field (Outdoor)
Volleyball

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#VIOLETNATION

Violet Nation is one way the NYU Athletics community promotes school spirit. Students can join the program to receive an official T-shirt to wear to NYU home games, meets, and matches, where they can take part in special promotions, giveaways, and themed events. Plus, proceeds from the $10 membership fee support Team NYU Global, a program through which varsity athletes take volunteer trips to serve communities in need.

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Play to Win at Any Level

NYU offers a wide range of club and intramural sports specifically designed to give athletes of all levels the chance to get in the game. Club teams compete against teams from other universities, making the experience more challenging, while intramural teams within NYU play against one another. For more casual fun, you can head to NYU’s Palladium Athletic Facility between classes for a game of 3-on-3 basketball, join the equestrian team, or take part in one of the many fitness events—like the 3-Point Shootout, Futsal Tournament, and the Amazing 5K Race—sponsored by the intramurals program.

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Intramural and Club Sports

NYU’s intramural teams play against fellow NYU students. Club sports compete at the intercollegiate level with students from other colleges and universities.

CLUB SPORTS
Badminton
Cheerleading
Cycling
Dance Team
Equestrian
Figure Skating
Ice Hockey
Judo
Karate
Kendo
Lacrosse
Latin and Ballroom Dance
Mascots
Pep Band
Rowing
Runners
Squash
Table Tennis
Taekwondo
Triathlon
Ultimate
Frisbee
Water Polo

INTRAMURAL LEAGUES AND EVENTS
3-on-3 Basketball
5-on-5 Basketball
8-on-8 Indoor Soccer
9-on-9 Outdoor Soccer
Bowling
E-Gaming
Fitness Competitions (Functional Fitness and Powerlift Meet)
Flag Football
Futsal
Intra-Fit
Intra-Run
Paintball and Laser Tag
Pickleball
Rock Wall
Volleyball