Department of Physical Education


Students who complete physical education courses are exposed to practical experiences that encourage fitness and the development of well-rounded, health individuals. Physical education activity courses may be taken more than once for additional credit in subsequent semesters.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Rochester University’s athletic program competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Our conference affiliation within the NAIA is the WHAC (Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference), which allows Rochester University to compete for an automatic bid to NAIA National Championships.

Men’s sports include JV and varsity basketball, JV and varsity baseball, reserve and varsity soccer, and varsity teams for golf, track and field, cross country, wrestling, cheer, and bowling. Women’s sports include JV and varsity basketball and varsity teams for softball, volleyball, golf, track and field, cross country, soccer, lacrosse, cheer, and bowling. Rochester University boasts a tradition of athletic excellence, winning national titles in men’s basketball (1989, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2013, 2018), women's basketball (2018), men’s cross-country (1989, 1990), men’s soccer (1996, 2006), women’s volleyball (1998, 1999), women’s softball (2011), and men’s golf (2009, 2010).

In addition, Rochester University’s men’s ice hockey program is a non-scholarship club sport that competes in Division 1 of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). The program is also an affiliate member of the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL).