Campus Life

Cardinal Athletics

Stanford has won the Directors’ Cup, which honors the most successful program in NCAA Division I sports, the last 22 years. For 41 years in a row, Stanford has won at least one national championship—the longest streak in the nation. In 2015–16, Stanford claimed NCAA titles in men’s soccer and women’s tennis while also taking home the U.S. Collegiate championship in synchronized swimming and the IRA National championship in lightweight rowing.

The Department of Athletics offers 36 varsity sports—20 for women, 16 for men (sailing is a co-ed sport). Also offered are 32 club sports. Stanford offers about 300 athletic scholarships. About 900 students participate in intercollegiate sports.

Stanford employs some 100 coaches and assistants. The university maintains one million gross feet of indoor facilities and 94 acres of outdoor fields. Among Stanford’s facilities are the 50,000-seat Stanford Stadium; the 18-hole Stanford Golf Course; the 7,233-seat Maples Pavilion; the 4,000-seat Sunken Diamond; the 17-court Taube Family Tennis Stadium; and the 2,500-seat, four-pool Avery Aquatic Complex.

Varsity Sports at Stanford
Women's Varsity Sports Men's Varsity Sports
Basketball Baseball
Beach Volleyball Basketball
Cross Country Cross Country
Fencing Fencing
Field Hockey Football
Golf Golf
Gymnastics Gymnastics
Lacrosse Rowing
Lightweight Rowing Sailing
Rowing Soccer
Sailing Swimming and Diving
Soccer Tennis
Softball Track and Field
Squash Volleyball
Swimming and Diving Water Polo
Synchronized Swimming Wrestling
Tennis  
Track and Field  
Volleyball  
Water Polo  

Home of Champions

  • Total National Championships: 134 (NCAA rank: #2)
  • Total NCAA Championships: 111 (#2)
  • Total Individual NCAA Championships: 529
  • NCAA Team Championships Since 2000: 47
  • Consecutive years with national team championship(s): 41 (#1)
  • Olympic medals won by Stanford-affiliated athletes: 270
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholars: 159
  • Stanford scholar-athletes who have been Rhodes Scholars: 12

The Cardinal

Cardinal has been the color of Stanford athletic teams since 1892. In 1930, Stanford officially adopted the Indian symbol and nickname for its teams. In 1972, the Indian mascot was dropped at the request of Native American students. Today, Stanford teams are called the Cardinal.

This page last modified Feb 27, 2017.