The Princeton University Department of Athletics is committed to its core philosophies of having intercollegiate athletics serve as an extension of the overall educational mission of the institution and that, for the student-athletes, participation in intercollegiate athletics at Princeton University is a co-curricular experience.
These philosophies are at the heart of the Department's official motto: "Education Through Athletics."
Princeton University as an institution strives for excellence in fulfilling its central and primary purposes of teaching, scholarship, and research and places particular emphasis on the quality of undergraduate teaching.
Within this context, the University's position has long been that competitive athletics programs contribute significantly to the teaching and development of students, and all University athletics programs are designed to be in harmony with the essential educational objectives of the institution. For example, intercollegiate competition in organized athletics helps to foster an enthusiastic sense of shared allegiance among all parts of the University - students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. For these reasons, the University offers an extensive array of competition opportunities at the varsity intercollegiate, club intercollegiate, and intramural levels, as well as a variety of physical education and recreational programs that allow members of the University community to pursue athletic endeavors that meet their interests and skills. Within its own framework, Princeton vigorously works for excellence at all levels of play and also for balance within its athletics program; the University is committed to equal opportunity for men and women, to wide participation in intercollegiate athletics, and, in these and in all other respects, adheres to the principles that govern the Ivy League.
For the individual students who participate in athletics, Princeton's goal is that they be both students and athletes - "student athletes" in the fullest sense of the phrase. As a matter of its own educational policy, the University seeks to assure that athletes are representative of the student body, and are treated as all other students -- with the same regard for their health, their academic achievement, and their general personal development. Princeton's competitive athletics programs are intended to encourage in their participants a desire for excellence, respect for colleagues, fair play, teamwork, leadership, perseverance, and integrity. Athletics provides opportunities for undergraduates both to understand the rewards that come from dedication to a larger purpose and to develop their personal, physical, and intellectual skills. In addition, the recreational sports programs offered by the Department of Athletics are intended to provide graduate students, faculty, and staff as well as undergraduates with a variety of opportunities to participate in competitive sports and in other forms of athletic pursuits that contribute to their health and well-being.