Austin College encourages competition in intercollegiate athletics and participation in intramurals, club sports, and outdoor recreation, and considers these activities an important component of the College’s educational program. The college affiliates nationally with the NCAA Division III and competes as a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), a non-scholarship athletic conference comprised of national liberal arts Division III colleges in Colorado, Louisiana, and Texas.
Intercollegiate varsity sports for men include football, baseball, basketball, tennis, swimming and diving, and soccer. Similarly, women compete in basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming and diving, soccer, and softball. The intercollegiate athletic program is totally non-scholarship. All decisions concerning financial aid in any form are made without regard to student athletic ability or participation. Each intercollegiate participant must meet all NCAA Division III eligibility standards and must be a full-time student. Students are not eligible to represent their team in intercollegiate athletic competition during the period of any type of probation or deferred suspension, unless a specific exception was included in the written notice of probation or deferred suspension.
In addition to physical activity courses and athletics, students may participate throughout their college years in various recreational and intramural activities. Intramural programs in a variety of sports and other leisure activities exist for both men and women throughout the year.