Cardinal Athletics

Stanford has won the Directors’ Cup, awarded annually to the most successful overall intercollegiate athletic department in the nation, for 23 consecutive years. For 42 years in a row, Stanford has won at least one NCAA championship — the longest streak in the nation.

The 2016-17 campaign was especially memorable, with Stanford claiming four NCAA titles for the first time since 2001-02 and five national championships overall: men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s swimming and diving, women’s water polo and women’s 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 31 club sports. Stanford offers over 350 athletic scholarships and approximately 900 students participate in intercollegiate sports.

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
Track and Field
Water Polo

Home of Champions

  • Total National Championships: 139
  • Total NCAA Championships: 115
  • Total Individual NCAA Championships: 558
  • NCAA Team Championships Since 2000: 51
  • Consecutive years with national team championship(s): 42
  • Olympic medals won by Stanford-affiliated athletes: 270
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholars: 161
  • Stanford scholar-athletes who have been Rhodes Scholars: 12

The Cardinal

Cardinal has been the color of Stanford athletic teams since 1891. Today, Stanford teams are called the Cardinal.