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Stanford Athletics ‘By the Numbers’

Stanford University truly is a Home of Champions. Below are some facts that summarize the success of Stanford’s intercollegiate athletics program. This information was last updated on April 16, 2011.

  • Stanford varsity teams have won 115 national championships.
  • One hundred of these national titles are NCAA Championships. Cardinal teams have won a national-best 91 national championships since 1980 and 68 since 1990.
  • At least one Stanford team has won a national championship during each of the last 35 years. This ongoing streak is the longest in the nation. Stanford also holds the record for number of NCAA team championships attained during one academic year, winning six titles in 1996-1997.
  • Stanford has won the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup in each of the past 16 years. The Directors’ Cup is awarded annually to the most successful overall athletics program in the nation in each of the NCAA’s three divisions. The Directors’ Cup has been awarded for a total of 17 years.
  • Stanford scholar-athletes have won 423 individual national championships – the most of any school in the nation.
  • Stanford-affiliated athletes have won a combined total of 224 medals in Olympic competition.
  • Stanford scholar-athletes have earned 134 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships – a national best. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding performance in athletics, academics, and community service.
  • In 2009, the NCAA established the Elite 88 Award. This honor is given to the competing student-athlete at each NCAA championship who holds the highest cummulative grade point average. In 2009-2010, Stanford scholar-athletes earned five of these awards in Division I.
  • Ten Stanford scholar-athletes have earned a Rhodes Scholarship.