About UT Tyler Athletics
The University of Texas at Tyler is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the American Southwest Conference (ASC). UT Tyler is one of the newest members of the NCAA, having achieved full membership in the summer of 2007 after a four-year provisional period required of all new members.
UT Tyler sponsors intercollegiate teams in 15 sports: baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and volleyball.
UT Tyler has one of the newest intercollegiate athletic programs in the country and the programs at UT Tyler are already becoming known for producing winners - on and off the athletic venues. UT Tyler has already won conference divisional championships in baseball, women's basketball, men's soccer and tennis. At the same time, UT Tyler student-athletes are maintaining a higher GPA than the student body as a whole. Student-athletes are involved in dozens of community service projects and are leaders on and off campus.
The UT Tyler athletics program began in 2001-2002 with the revival of the men's and women's tennis programs (UT Tyler had previously competed in intercollegiate tennis from the 1970's to the early 1990's at the NAIA level). UT Tyler also began a scheduling alliance with the American Southwest Conference. The 2002-2003 academic year saw the program take a giant leap forward with the first-ever seasons of men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's golf. During the summer of 2003, UT Tyler was accepted for provisional membership in the NCAA and was granted full membership in the ASC. The following year, 2003-2004, brought the major sports of volleyball, men's and women's basketball and baseball on-line. In 2004-2005, UT Tyler began its softball program, and in the summer of 2007, the University announced that it would be adding men's and women's track and field.
The intercollegiate athletics program at UT Tyler provides opportunities for student-athletes to build their bodies and their minds, including learning to act and compete with integrity and honor while developing leadership and teamwork abilities. Opportunities are provided to plan, practice and execute team and individual skills under competitive circumstances, learn the value of dedication and perseverance and to represent the University well while accepting outcomes with grace.
UT Tyler athletics provides an active student life on campus by providing a myriad of opportunities for students to participate in athletic events as athletes, members of music and spirit groups and as enthusiastic spectators.
Opportunities are provided for all students, faculty, and staff to join together in celebrating the University as a whole in festive and meaningful ways that build a sense of community and loyalty among us.
As a component of the renowned University of Texas System, The University of Texas at Tyler continues to build on more than 100 years of higher education tradition and international recognition. The university has earned recognition for offering rigorous academic training as a four-year comprehensive university with pre-professional programs. UT Tyler offers more than 70 degree programs and has campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.
UT Tyler became a four-year university in 1997 and admitted its first freshman class in 1998. Created in 1971 as an upper-division institution serving junior, senior and graduate level students, the university has been a member of the UT System since 1979. While welcoming freshman students, the university still recognizes the importance of its transfer and graduate enrollment. A steady increase in enrollment has brought the university to more than 5,700 students.
NCAA Division III
Follow your passions and discover your potential. The College experience is a time of learning and growth – a chance to follow passions and develop potential. For student-athletes in Division III institutions like UT Tyler, this happens most importantly in the classroom, through earning an academic degree. The Division III experience provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletic environment, where student-athletes push themselves to excellence and build upon their academic success with new challenges and life skills. And student-athletes are encouraged to pursue the full spectrum of opportunities available during their time in college. In this way, Division III provides an integrated environment for student-athletes to take responsibility for their own paths, follow their own passions and find their potential through a comprehensive educational experience.
UT Tyler Athletics Mission
The University of Texas at Tyler Athletics Department is committed to the University’s mission of striving for excellence in meeting the needs of traditional students seeking the highest quality possible in a four-year educational experience.
Specifically, our mission is to support the University by promoting academic achievement, community service and student life through athletics.
UT Tyler Athletics Program Outcomes and Assessment Methodology