A founding member of the Ivy League, Penn enjoys a storied legacy of athletic success. Playing in the NCAA Division I, Penn’s 33 men’s and women’s varsity teams have won 62 Ivy League titles in 18 different sports since 2000.
Thrilling as a home basketball game at the Palestra can be, the majority of athletic life at Penn happens beyond the varsity arena—in the spirited and well-subscribed club and intramural sports leagues, as well as the comprehensive fitness programs.
History and Tradition
Penn’s athletic tradition goes beyond win/loss records: Every year, Franklin Field plays host to the Penn Relays, the largest and longest-running track and field meet in the United States. Known as the “Cathedral of College Basketball,” Penn’s Palestra has hosted more NCAA tournament games than any other arena. The University’s 100+ member band has rallied the Red and Blue faithful while spurring Penn’s teams to victory for more than 110 years. And with a total of 200 Olympic athletes, Penn has been represented in every summer games since 1900.