Cardinal Athletics

Cardinal Athletics

The Home of Champions
The Home of Champions features static and interactive exhibits highlighting the history of Stanford Athletics and the achievements of student-athletes.

Stanford takes pride in its students achieving at the highest levels of world-class academics and championship athletics. In 2018-19, Stanford captured its 25th consecutive Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup in addition to securing a record sixth women’s Capital One Cup.

Stanford holds one of the most recognizable streaks in college athletics, having now won at least one NCAA team championship for 44 consecutive years. In 2018-19, the Cardinal won NCAA crowns for women’s volleyball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s gymnastics, women’s water polo, women’s tennis and men’s golf, along with an IRA title in women’s lightweight rowing, bringing the total to seven national championships. The Cardinal won three more NCAA crowns in the fall of 2019, claiming titles in men’s water polo, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

Stanford defeated North Carolina to capture the 2019 NCAA women’s soccer championship.

Stanford has won 126 NCAA championships overall, maintaining its position as the nation’s all-time leader.

Stanford athletes were successful in the classroom, with 11 programs earning perfect 1,000 multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, measuring data collected over a span of four academic years. Additionally, 12 varsity teams earned APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA.

The fourth 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 Peru. The Cardinal also was honored with 14 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, highlighted by Makenzie Fischer’s selection as the Academic All-American Team Member of the Year to go along with her Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation’s top women’s water polo player.

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

  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Lightweight Rowing
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Men’s Varsity Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketbal
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Home of Champions

  • Total national championships: 152
  • National team championships since 2000: 65
  • Stanford scholar athletes who have been Rhodes Scholars: 12
  • Total NCAA Championships: 126
  • Olympic medals won by 165 Stanford-affiliated athletes: 270
  • Individual national champions: 595
  • Consecutive years with at least one NCAA championships: 44
  • NCAA postgraduate scholars: 173
  • Individual NCAA champions: 527

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