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The University of Scranton Athletics

History of Athletics

The athletics department at The University of Scranton dates back to 1892, when the students of the University -- then known as St. Thomas College -- formed a football team that played its first game on Thanksgiving of that year. From there, athletics has developed into the 23-sport department that we know today. Our 23 teams -- 11 for men, 12 for women -- compete on the NCAA Division III level.

To read our Athletics Department Timeline, which was developed for the University's 125th anniversary during the 2013-14 academic year, click here.

To find out how Royals became the nickname of our athletics teams, click here.

For historical information for each sport, please visit the sport homepage and click the link for archives.