The Department of Athletics supports the academic mission of the University by providing programs and services to enable students to engage in physical activities as an integral part of the overall educational experience. Equal opportunities for male and female participation are provided at the intercollegiate, club and recreational levels.

Catholic University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III, Landmark Conference, New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (football), and Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference. 

As a member of NCAA Division III, Catholic University adheres to the NCAA philosophy statement, places the highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and the successful completion of academic programs by student-athletes, and upholds the highest standards of sportsmanship, fair play, and ethical conduct.

The Department of Athletics seeks to provide programs and leadership to enable Catholic University to be a model NCAA Division III institution in academic and athletic excellence.
Catholic University Choosing a university is an important academic decision and financial commitment. What has attracted families to Catholic are the valuable student-coach relationships that develop over time. Coaches put in countless hours and resources to establish relationships with not only prospective student-athletes, but also their families and high school and club coaches.
By choosing Catholic University, a student-athlete invests not only in the University, but also in a coach, a team and an entire second family – the Cardinal Family.
  • Interested in Playing a Varsity Sport?

    Are you interested in playing a varsity sport at Catholic University? Tell us more about you! Select the sport of interest from the list below and complete the questionnaire. (If you are interested in more than one sport, please fill out a separate questionnaire for each sport.)

    Fall Sports

    Men's Cross Country
    Women's Cross Country
    Field Hockey
    Men's Soccer

    Women's Soccer

    Winter Sports

    Men's Basketball
    Women's Basketball
    Men's Swimming and Diving
    Women's Swimming and Diving

    Men's Indoor Track and Field
    Women's Indoor Track and Field

    Spring Sports

    Men's Golf
    Women's Golf 
    Men's Lacrosse

    Women's Lacrosse
    Men's Rowing
    Women's Rowing
    Men's Tennis
    Women's Tennis
    Men's Outdoor Track and Field
    Women's Outdoor Track and Field

  • Medical Documentation for Athletes

    Every Catholic U student-athlete is required to complete a pre-participation physical examination (including club sport athletes).

    • This medical documentation is different from and does not replace any medical forms that you need to turn in to Catholic University Health Services.
    • Click here to access and complete these forms
    • Once there, click the link that pertains to you
    • Step-by-step instructions will be provided for completing the appropriate forms 

    As part of the pre-participation physical, ALL varsity and club sports athletes are required to have baseline concussion testing. These baseline tests provide an indicator of what is “normal” for each athlete while also establishing the most accurate and reliable benchmark against which post-injury results are compared. The tests are administered on campus for all new athletes during your check-in day (Fall sport athletes) or on another designated day for all other athletes.

  • Requirements for Varsity Athletes

    For those student-athletes diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and are taking stimulant medications, the NCAA requires additional documentation from the physician prescribing the medication. The Sports Medicine Staff will keep all information on the prescribed medication in a confidential manner. Further instructions on the requirements are included on the ADHD form found with the electronic forms on Sportsware.

    The NCAA requires that all student-athletes complete documentation regarding sickle cell trait status. You should watch this video and then fill out the corresponding form found on Sportsware.

    In addition to the information on the Sports Medicine link, please feel free to contact us by phone or email if you have any questions during your athletic career here at The Catholic University of America. Once you arrive, our doors are open to you so please feel free to stop by and meet the Sports Medicine Staff.