About Us

#OnlyHere Impact

#OnlyHere Impact

Our Vision:

A unique student-athlete experience combined with the most supportive Athletics Department in the Ivy League.

Our Mission:

To maximize the opportunities for our student-athletes to reach their highest levels of achievement – here at Columbia and for the rest of their lives.

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Who We Are

#OnlyHere focuses on its assortment of advantages to the Columbia student-athlete with emphasis on its extraordinary location in world-class New York City, unparalleled academic and career opportunities, an elite-level athletic performance program and "built to win" foundation in facilities and personnel.

(as of Fall 2017)
700+ Total student-athletes
150 Years of intercollegiate athletics competition
43 Olympians
16 NCAA Championship Teams
49 Individual NCAA Champions
99 Ivy League Championship Teams
109 Individual Ivy League Titles in the past five years
9 Members of the Baseball, Basketball and Pro Football Halls of Fame
23 NCAA Postgraduate scholars
1 Goal of producing the next generation of leaders

#OnlyHere centers around two principles of Columbia Athletics: its vision statement of a "unique student-athlete experience combined with the most supportive Athletics Department in the Ivy League" and the department's overall mission: "to maximize the opportunities for our student-athletes to reach their highest levels of achievement, here at Columbia and for the rest of their lives."

"#OnlyHere encapsulates everything a student-athlete will experience at Columbia," Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics & Physical Education Peter Pilling said. "What Columbia offers in the world of college athletics is unique. #OnlyHere at Columbia can a student-athlete experience an Ivy League education, compete on the largest stage and under the brightest lights for conference and national championships, engage in the most diverse and international-centric university in America and take advantage of the cultural and career opportunities that the greatest city in the world has to offer."

#OnlyHere refers to four brand pillars essential to Columbia Athletics' success:

Extraordinary location in New York City

With 31 varsity sports, Columbia Athletics is the largest NCAA Division I athletics program in New York City and the only NCAA Division I sports program in Manhattan. A beautiful and peaceful campus in the heart of New York City, Columbia offers the most diverse student body in the Ivy League. Located in the City's Upper West Side, Columbia is at the center of global career opportunities, alumni connections and the best culture in the world.

Unparalleled academic and career opportunities

One of the world's leading universities, Columbia Athletics offers elite level student-athletes the ability to compete for and win Ivy League titles and NCAA Championships. Its unique Core Curriculum inspires independent thinkers, connects past and present students and prepares undergraduates for any career. New York City is home to more Fortune 500 companies than any other state in the United States.

Elite level athletic, academic and career performance program

Columbia Athletics presents student-athletes with the Success through Well-Being Initiative for full 360-degree support. With an experienced and talented full-time strength & conditioning coaches, access to world-class Columbia University doctors and medical facilities and an in-house team dedicated to championship level performance with focus on sports nutrition, mental training and leadership, Columbia student-athletes are prepared to succeed on the field, in the classroom and in life. Each student-athlete also has a Four-Year Action Plan for career development and access to top-notch alumni networking.

Built to win foundation in facilities and personnel

Columbia Athletics has positioned itself with elite level coaches and top-notch facilities in the Campbell Sports Complex and the brand-new Bubble at Baker. Two multi-sport facilities in the Dodge Fitness Center and the Baker Athletics Complex offer student-athletes the opportunity to train year-round. Student-athletes also experience a dedicated administration to help them succeed during four years in school and 40 years after.