Athletics & Wellness

With 20 varsity teams and a host of other activities—from club sports and intramural leagues to wellness and fitness classes—Oxy helps you engage body and mind.

A classical ideal was expressed as Mens sana in corpore sano: a sound mind in a healthy body. More than half of students participate in one or more athletics activities, and Oxy’s commitment to excellence extends from the classroom to the playing field, amplifying the leadership, teamwork and discipline skills that will serve you now and in the future.




All in for Oxy

About a quarter of our students compete at the varsity NCAA Division III level, producing conference championships across multiple sports and a host of Academic All-Americans. “All in for Oxy” is more than a slogan—it’s a way of life when you become a Tiger. You can find more information on varsity athletics at our athletics website.

Join the club

Oxy’s robust intramural and club sport offerings are recognized as a valuable part of the educational experience. They are run with a minimum of faculty/staff supervision and provide a competitive outlet for students in a less formal setting. Club sports also create leadership opportunities for students and valuable experience in structuring and running an organization. 

Strong body, strong mind

Alumni Gymnasium houses a 1,600 square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center open to the entire student body. You’ll find treadmills, elliptical machines, upright bikes, recumbent bikes, a full circuit of strength equipment, and free weights. You can also choose from a variety of physical activity classes including cardio, tennis, yoga, hip-hop, Zumba, circuit training, boot camp, and spin. Classes are also available for faculty and staff, including Community Yoga.

Year-round outdoor living

Our Southern California climate allows for outdoor sports and activities all year long. Take a weekend hike in the Angeles National Forest or along the scenic coastline. Check out a yoga class on campus or in the neighborhood. If bicycling is your thing, stop by our bike share program and cycle through the city or on countless nearby trails.

Oxy Student Athletes

Students from across the athletic spectrum talk about their experiences playing sports and studying at Occidental College. Video produced by Olivia Adelman ’20.