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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY—NKU is excited to announce the expansion of the athletic program introducing several new sports teams to the roster. NKU’s Board of Regents voted Wednesday to add women’s stunt, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s triathlon teams. In addition, the Norse has already begun expanding the track and field and spirit programs.


“This is an exciting day to be a Norse,” says Christina Roybal, NKU Athletics Director. “The addition of these programs furthers our commitment to providing diverse opportunities for students and enriching the overall collegiate experience at ɫƵ.”

Men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s triathlon, women’s stunt, and expanded track and field will join the Norse lineup as varsity sports for the 2024-25 academic year. Men’s volleyball will be added as a varsity sport beginning with the 2025-26 academic year.


“We are thrilled to introduce new sports to our athletic program,” shared NKU President Dr. Cady Short-Thompson. “This decision reflects our commitment to supporting the holistic development of our students, shaping character, instilling discipline and building lifelong skills that extend well beyond the field, pool, or court. As the best value in the state, NKU is dedicated to providing an exceptional, well-rounded education for our students while offering a thriving athletic experience.”


NKU expects that the addition of 6 varsity sport programs along with the expansion of track and field and spirit programs will bring 250 new students to campus, joining the 250 student-athletes that already call NKU home.


The Board of Regents voted Wednesday to commit to the expansion of the Norse athletic programs. “This is the first move in a multipronged enrollment strategy,” said Board Chair Rich Boehne. “It will improve the lives of even more students and support the university financially as well. It’s a win-win.”

ɫƵ ɫƵ: NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of more than 15,000 students on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. Ranked in the top 50 out of 400 universities nationwide by The Wall Street Journal for exceptional value, we are a regionally engaged university committed to delivering an innovative, student-centered education. We empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives, while contributing to the economic, civic and social vitality of the region. Learn more at nku.edu.

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