At the University of Chicago, the philosophy of the intercollegiate athletic program directly supports the College’s commitment to excellence.
Intercollegiate athletics are considered a component of a liberal education, complementary to its central academic mission. A diverse, challenging athletic program supplements the rigorous academic curriculum. The lessons learned through athletic endeavors represent an invaluable part of the nonacademic aspects of a balanced education.
The primary focus of the intercollegiate athletic program is the student athlete.
The goal is a positive educational experience. Participation in the intercollegiate athletic program should enhance an individual’s personal, educational, and social development. Achieving this goal is based on a commitment to excellence.
The Department maintains an environment that supports the student athletes’ commitment to achieving their full potential. The arena in which this occurs is the competitive environment. The preparation for, and participation in, intercollegiate athletic competition creates a focal point for learning and provides valuable feedback on the progress of development.
In keeping with its long-standing traditions and policies, the University of Chicago, in admissions, employment, and access to programs, considers students on the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or other factors prohibited by law.
The athletic program is an extracurricular activity that reflects the quality of the academic environment within which it exists.
As a founding member of the University Athletic Association, Chicago shares the belief that academic excellence and athletic excellence are not mutually exclusive. The talented student is encouraged to achieve competitive success as well as academic distinction.
The University of Chicago, through its membership in the UAA, demonstrates a clear and firm commitment to the integration of athletics into the fabric of higher education. Participants receive the same treatment as other students in admissions, advising, course, selection, grading, living accommodations, and financial aid.
Student-athletes are just that— students first and athletes second.Teaching and leadership are basic goals of the Department. Athletic teams should have the benefit of qualified coaching— capable individuals chosen for professional competence and commitment to the well-being of the student.