DuBois students to be eligible to compete in four-year varsity sports

March 18, 2005

Starting this fall, students at all Penn State campuses will be eligible to compete in varsity athletics for four full years in the same sport in the newly constituted Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSU-AC).

This change adjusts the guidelines of the current Commonwealth Campus Athletic Conference (CCAC) to coincide with the campuses’ expansion of degree offerings from two to four years. As a result, athletes will be able to stay with the same sport for four years instead of having to change to a different sport, a requirement that had existed because some of the opponents were two-year schools.

“We are thrilled to be able to expand the opportunities for varsity athletic participation to Penn State students across Pennsylvania,” said Diane Disney, dean of Penn State’s Commonwealth College. “This move makes our campuses even more appealing places for students to attend.”

Although Penn State athletics are best known for NCAA Division I competition by University Park teams, intercollegiate competitive opportunities attract an even higher percentage of undergraduates at the campuses outside of University Park. Two of these locations, Penn State Altoona and Penn State Erie, already compete against NCAA Division III teams, while Penn State Berks-Lehigh Valley is on its probationary period at that level.

Another 13 Penn State campuses -- Abington, Beaver, Delaware County, DuBois, Fayette, Hazleton, McKeesport, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Wilkes-Barre, Worthington Scranton and York -- plus Penn College belong to the CCAC. Penn State Harrisburg is expected to join them in the newly configured PSU-AC in the near future.

These teams currently compete in 10 sports: men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, golf, men’s soccer, team tennis and softball. This move builds on a two-year pilot program where four-year eligibility had been expanded to men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and team tennis.

Penn State DuBois currently fields teams in men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country. Sean Kelly, director of student and enrollment services at the campus, said a golf team will be added this fall.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009