Emory Athletic Overview



  • Emory University has a broad-based intercollegiate athletic program with over 400 student-athletes comprising the school's 19 varsity sports.  Women's golf is the latest addition to the roster of intercollegiate programs with that team beginning play in fall of 2019. 
  • Emory University competes at the NCAA Division III level.  The distinguishing factor in comparing Division III programs to Division I & II institutions is that Division III athletics feature athletes who receive no financial aid related to their athletic skills.
  • Emory is a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA). Other institutions comprising the eight-team league include Brandeis University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, New York University, University of Chicago, University of Rochester and Washington University.
  • Emory is just one of 10 schools in the nation--others include Stanford, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Washington University, the University of Southern California, UCLA, MIT, Virginia and Chicago -- to place in the top 10 in the NACDA Directors' Cup for best all-around athletics program (5th in 2018-19) and among the top 25 annual of best national universities (21st).
  • From 1987-88 through the end of the 2019-20 academic year, Emory has captured a total of 206 UAA team championships.  During 2019-20, the following teams won conference championships: volleyball, men's basketball, men's swimming and diving, and women's swimming and diving.
  • Emory has won a total of 29 Division III national championships.  The women's swimming and diving team leads the way with 12 national titles (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) while the women's tennis team claims eight crowns (1996, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2014, 2016, 2021).   The Eagles' men's tennis program has captured six national titles (2003, 2006, 2012, 2017, 2019, 2021), the volleyball team two national championship (2008, 2018) and the men's swimming and diving program one national crown (2017).
  • Prior to 2019-20, Emory had finished among the top 10 Division III programs in the Director's Cup in 18 of the previous 19 years.  The Director's Cup honors institutions maintaining a broad-based athletic program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's.  In 2018-19, the Eagles placed fifth out of 334 schools that scored points (there were no Directors' Cup standings for 2019-20 due to COVID-19 pandemic). 
  • Emory student-athletes have shined in their respective venues over the years with a total of 1,082 earning All-American status since 1983-84.  During the 2019-20 school year, a total of 51 Emory athletes earned All-America acclaim.
  • Emory student-athletes have distinguished themselves on the academic front. A total of 192 student-athletes have been selected as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans since 1983-84.  Since the fall of 2000, the Eagles have earned 142 CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, topping all non-football playing institutions.
  • A further testament to the academic excellence demonstrated by Emory student athletes is the fact that the university has been awarded 121 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships over the school's history, with the 104 awarded since 2000 second only to Stanford for the highest total by any NCAA member.  



* updated June, 2021