Athletics and Recreation

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 66 Ivy League titles in 18 different sports since 2000.

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. A total of 200 Olympic athletes represented Penn in every summer games from 1900 to 2012.