Brown will continue to recruit the same number of varsity athletes, and squad sizes on varsity teams will be adjusted. Brown will also maintain its current operational budget for varsity athletics. Operating funds made available with the reduction in varsity teams will be allocated strategically within the Department of Athletics.
While universities in some areas of the country have announced reductions in athletics programs as budget relief (in the wake of the 2019 novel coronavirus), this initiative at Brown is not a measure to reduce budget or an effort to contend with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a strategic opportunity to invest even further in advancing excellence in Brown’s full lineup of sports programs.
The smaller number of varsity teams also will support stronger recruiting in the admissions process, allowing for deeper talent on each team.