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Fitness and Recreation

Greyhounds pair unstoppable tenacity with something bigger than bragging rights.

At Loyola, physical activities—from competitive sports to personal fitness—are intertwined with education and the drive to become the best version of yourself. It all goes back to the Jesuit concept of cura personalis: To serve the world to the best of your ability, the body must be cared for with the same focus and energy as the mind. 

That’s why so many members of the Loyola community value wellness and make it a priority to engage in active lifestyles—on campus and beyond. From our decorated Division I programs to flag football on Diane Geppi-Aikens (DGA) Field; from yoga on the Quad to biking the Jones Falls Trail through Baltimore or hiking the miles of wooded trails that run adjacent to Loyola’s Evergreen campus, there are plenty of ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle, stretch, move, get some fresh air, take a break from studying, and meet your wellness goals. 

NCAA Division I Sports

The Greyhounds are an undeniable athletic force. Loyola’s 18 NCAA Division I varsity sports teams compete in the Patriot League, a unique collection of highly selective, academically rigorous colleges and universities linked by common values—as well as our hunger for competition; institutions, like Loyola, focused on providing the highest quality education. In fact, Loyola's student-athlete graduation rate is ranked in the top six nationally among NCAA Division I schools (and has been for nearly two decades).

The Loyola Women's Lacrosse team holds up trophies after winning the championship game

Intramural Sports

Intramural sports at Loyola is one of the largest activities on campus, providing thousands of students looking for some friendly competition a great opportunity to get—or stay—involved in a sport of their choice. Popular intramural programs include flag football, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, indoor and outdoor soccer, volleyball, and softball, and pop-up tournaments for dodgeball, badminton, and table sports are organized throughout the year.

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Club Sports

Club sports bridge the gap between intramurals and varsity athletics, allowing students to enjoy a higher level of commitment and athletic competition without the demands of a Division I team. ҹ糡 offers more than two dozen club sports teams—including swimming, ice hockey, sailing, rugby, lacrosse, baseball, and softball, to name just a few. All are run by students and compete at the local, regional, and national levels.

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Outdoor Adventure Experience

Outdoor Adventure Experience offers day and overnight trips year-round to go backpacking, hiking, kayaking, spelunking, and more. Students can also apply, train for, and then organize and lead outdoor expeditions, providing a meaningful leadership opportunity for those who want to take their experience further. 

Need a break from campus or city life or looking to connect with fellow students who you may not meet otherwise? Follow OAE on social media or stop by Basecamp at the FAC for more information on upcoming excursions led by trained student guides. Your next adventure awaits!

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Fitness & Aquatic Center (FAC)

Loyola’s Fitness & Aquatic Center (FAC) is so much more than a gym. Take a five-minute walk or shuttle ride up N. Charles Street and take advantage of all our state-of-the-art, 115,000-square-foot FAC has to offer. Here you’ll meet like-minded people who also value physical wellness as part of their daily routine. With a 30-foot climbing wall, 6,000-square-foot fitness center, 14-lane swimming pool, hot tub and dry sauna, racquet ball courts, indoor track, personal training, and group exercise classes, the FAC is more than a gym. It’s a destination. In fact, our athletics facilities have been perennially ranked by the Princeton Review among the best in the country.

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Students swim in pool lanes at Loyola's Fitness and Aquatic Center

Choose your own adventure

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