Athletics & Recreation


Unparalleled in its success and considered the dominant athletic program nationally, Stanford promotes excellence in both academics and athletics.

Consider the following:

  • Stanford has captured 23 consecutive Directors' Cup titles (1995–2016), an award that honors the nation's top overall Division I athletic program.
  • 500 athletic scholarships are awarded each year.
  • Stanford has won 270 overall Olympic medals. Leading the way are Jenny Thompson (12 career medals), John Hencken (6), Janet Evans (5), Pablo Morales (5) and Katie Ledecky (5). The Cardinal has produced at least one medalist in every Olympics in which the U.S. has competed since 1912.
  • Stanford varsity teams have won 137 national championships, including 113 NCAA titles.
  • At least one Stanford team has won a national championship in each of the last 41 years, representing the nation's longest active streak.
  • In 2012, Heisman Trophy finalist Andrew Luck was the NFL first draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts. Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike was selected as the first overall pick of the 2014 WNBA Draft by the Connecticut Sun.

The Departments of Athletics and Physical Education and Recreation offer programs providing all students opportunities for athletic participation and physical fitness at varying levels of skill and interest. The majority of Stanford students take advantage of the extensive athletic facilities and programs offered at the intercollegiate, club sport, intramural and instructional levels.

Distinctly Stanford

Palo Alto is a glorious college sports town, and Stanford maintains 1 million gross feet of indoor facilities and 94 acres of outdoor fields, including the:

  • 6,800-yard Stanford Golf Course
  • 7,200-seat Maples Pavilion
  • 4,000-seat Sunken Diamond
  • 17-court Taube Family Tennis Stadium
  • 2,500-seat, four-pool Avery Aquatic Complex
  • 50,000-seat Stanford Stadium
Updated on July 30, 2017 11:17 AM