UAlberta Sports at a Glance

Students at the University of Alberta excel in sport as well as academics. The U of A has won national championships in a wider array of sports than any other Canadian university, the most recent being men’s wrestling in 2012-13.

U of A varsity teams compete in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The U of A fields 12 women’s teams, known as the Pandas, and 12 men’s teams, called the Golden Bears.

Leaders in Canada

The university boasts 33 national championships in the past 15 years, and is third all-time with 62 national titles. As well, 30 different coaches have won CIS Coach of the Year awards in the last 42 years.

Sports are a big part of student life beyond the varsity ranks, as thousands of students participate in intramural and recreational sports each year. In early 2012, the U of A saw 4,979 participants take part in what was then the world’s largest dodgeball game.

More than just our sports teams

The U of A’s love of sport stretches to the classroom as well: the renowned Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation was the first university faculty of physical education in the Commonwealth when it was established in 1964. The faculty is now widely considered a leader in the science of sport and coaching development.

The U of A has celebrated more than 2,100 Academic All-Canadians (student athletes who maintain an 80 per cent average or better) since CIS started keeping records in 1990–91. 

Combined with the U of A’s sporting excellence over the last 23 years, this mix of athletic and academic excellence is unequalled in Canada.