UAlberta Sports at a Glance

University of Alberta 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 34 national championships in the past 15 years, and sits third all-time with 65 national titles. As well, 30 coaches have won CIS Coach of the Year awards in the last 43 years.

U of A Athletics is coming off a banner 2013–14 year that saw three of its teams win national titles—Golden Bears hockey and volleyball, and Pandas rugby. Many of the U of A’s varsity teams are perennial favourites, especially hockey, and U of A athletes have won national championships in a wider array of sports than any other Canadian university.

U of A athletes also compete nationally in the non-CIS affiliated sports of golf and tennis. The tennis team won its first national title in 2014.


More than just our sports teams

Sports are a big part of student life beyond the varsity ranks. More than 29,200 students, staff, and community members participated in U of A fitness classes, sports leagues, recreation activities, and special events in 2013–14.

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 its kind 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.