Cardinal Athletics

Stanford takes pride in its students achieving at the highest levels of world-class academics and championship athletics. In 2017-18, Stanford captured its 24th consecutive Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup in addition to securing Capital One Cup titles for both men and women, becoming the first institution to sweep all three major awards.

Stanford also extended one of the most recognizable streaks in college athletics, having now won at least one NCAA team championship for 42 consecutive years. The Cardinal won NCAA crowns in women’s soccer, men’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis, along with women’s lightweight rowing bringing the total to five national champions.

Thanks to its four NCAA titles, Stanford increased its all-time total to 117, overtaking rival UCLA and concluding 2018 as the nation’s all-time leader in team championships.

Through 2017-18, Stanford was equally prolific in the classroom, with 16 programs earning perfect 1,000 multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, measuring data collected over a span of four academic years. Additionally, 17 varsity teams earned APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA. The third year of the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program also yielded positive results, as 20 student-athletes joined their peers from Duke in a three-week, immersive summer service volunteer program with visits to South Africa, Vietnam, China and India. The Cardinal also was honored with 10 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, highlighted by Katie Ledecky’s selection as the Academic All-American of the Year.

Cardinal has been the color of Stanford athletic teams since 1891. 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.

Varsity Sports at Stanford

The Department of Athletics offers 36 varsity sports—20 for women, 16 for men (sailing is a co-ed sport). Also offered are 31 club sports. Stanford offers over 350 athletic scholarships and approximately 900 students participate in intercollegiate sports.

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
Track and Field
Water Polo

Home of Champions

  • Total National Championships: 142
  • Total NCAA Championships: 117
  • Total Individual NCAA Championships: 558
  • NCAA Team Championships Since 2000: 55
  • Consecutive years with national team championship(s): 42
  • Olympic medals won by Stanford-affiliated athletes: 270
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholars: 167
  • Stanford scholar-athletes who have been Rhodes Scholars: 12

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