About Athletics

"The subject matter of the classroom is only a vehicle for the larger purpose. The vital thing is not merely intellectual progress, but it is spiritual progress."

Education at The Principia p. 107

Intercollegiate Athletics

The mission of the Principia athletic program is to offer students a vigorous physical activity curriculum that encourages spiritual growth and character development, creates opportunities to learn and master new skills, and provides a forum for achieving competitive excellence. The goal of Principia’s athletic program is to help students maintain a balance between intellectual pursuits and a competitive athletic enterprise that complements the development of the whole person.

Principia offers ten intercollegiate programs for women and eight for men. There are women’s teams in volleyball, soccer, cross-country, basketball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, softball, and beach volleyball. Women also compete in club lacrosse. Men compete in soccer, cross-country, basketball, swimming and diving, baseball, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field. Men also compete in rugby. Principia is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC), and USA Rugby. For information about any of the above-mentioned sports including schedules and rosters visit www.principiaathletics.com.

Physical Education

Principia provides students with a broad-based curriculum of lifetime physical education courses which support the graduation requirement. (See Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements for a description of the GEPE attribute. See Physical Education: Activity Courses for a list of PE courses.)

Intramural Sports

Student Life offers an active program of intramural athletics. Sports played in intramurals include soccer, beach volleyball, and basketball. Students participating enjoy friendly competition generally organized by house.