Intercollegiate athletics provide an opportunity for highly-skilled student-athletes to compete regionally and nationally at the NCAA Division I level. These activities are conducted under the control of the Georgia Southern University Athletics Committee and within the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Sun Belt Conference. Intercollegiate athletics are an integral part of the total college experience and, as such, Georgia Southern sponsors programs for men in football, baseball, basketball, golf, soccer and tennis, and for women in basketball, volleyball, swimming and diving, softball, soccer, tennis, rifle, golf, cross-country, and indoor/outdoor track.
Georgia Southern student-athletes and teams have enjoyed national success as evidenced by six NCAA Football Championship Subdivision titles in addition to NCAA Tournament and NCAA Championship participation in men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men's golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, outdoor track and volleyball. Georgia Southern University moved to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in 2014, captured the Sun Belt Conference championship in 2014 and won the GoDaddy Bowl, the first bowl game in program history, in 2015. Georgia Southern joined the Sun Belt Conference prior to the 2014-15 season and all 17 varsity programs compete in the league with the exception of women's swimming and diving (Coastal Collegiate Sports Association) and women's rifle (Southern Conference).