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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 December 5, 2012

  • Stanford varsity teams have won 123 national championships.
  • 104 of these national titles are NCAA Championships. Cardinal teams have won a national-best 94 national championships since 1980 and 71 since 1990.
  • At least one Stanford team has won a national championship during each of the last 37 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 19 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 20 years.
  • Stanford scholar-athletes have earned 151 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships – a national best. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding performance in athletics, academics, and community service.
  • Stanford-affiliated athletes have won a combined total of 242 medals in Olympic competition.
  • Twelve Stanford scholar-athletes have earned a Rhodes Scholarship.