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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: One of the top athletic schools in the nation.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Lots of fan support and opportunity for engaging with sports, but it's not an overbearing presence

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: School spirit is fun during football season, less in Basketball, and non existent in other sports, unless your'e friends with an athlete.

5 College Junior

Athletics: You can't really beat it here. There are some things that could be better in terms of their location or access for non-athletes, but overall great.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: While we have the best overall athletic program in the country, much of the school consists of passive fans. Happy when we're doing well but certainly not devoted. It's pretty hard to be on the club teams because there are tons of students who could have bee D1 at another school but chose Stanford instead. IV sports on the other hand are really fun and casual. The atmosphere on football days is pretty awesome


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Stanford really does have one of the nation’s best overall athletic programs and manages to excel in everything from swimming to fencing. Everyone seems to be quite aware of the school’s success, and it is a matter of pride for most students. Still, Stanford teams are not supported by the student body to the extent that other comparable college athletics are. Students are often just too busy to get out and watch many of the games. If a team is having a poor season, game attendance will be especially dismal. Students are really into intramural sports, however. If someone wants to play a sport in a semi-organized way, it is definitely possible; and even if you don’t play on an official IM team, there are always a lot of pick-up basketball, soccer, or ultimate Frisbee games.

Having so many athletes at Stanford adds a strange dimension to what is generally considered a primarily academic institution. It may be interesting to have an IHUM section with future Olympic athletes, but don’t be surprised when you learn that many of them scored in the 1000 range on the SAT. Still, some athletes are among the best students at Stanford and manage to excel across the board. If you don’t play a sport, there is no better institution at which to be a fan—there is always a winning team at Stanford to cheer for.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Pacific-10 Conference
Basketball: Pacific-10 Conference
School Colors
Cardinal red and white
School Nickname
Stanford's official mascot is Cardinal-not the bird, but the color. And the color is represented by the highly-touted and nationally renowned "Tree."
Men Playing Varsity Sports
460 - 13%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
393 - 12%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 101
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 31
Cross Country/Track: 83
Other Sports: 403
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 80%
Basketball: 86%
Baseball: 100%
Cross Country/Track: 50%
Other Sports: 100%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Other sports
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Competitive cheer
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Hurling
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Polo
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash (men's)
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Flag football
  • Foosball
  • Golf
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Team tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (sand and court)
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation
  • Arrillaga Family Sports Center
  • Avery Aquatic Center
  • Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium
  • Burnham Pavilion & Ford Center
  • Cobb Track at Angell Field
  • Klien Field at Sunken Diamond
  • Laird Q. Cagan Stadium at Maloney Field
  • Maples Pavilion
  • Red Barn
  • Roble Field
  • Siebel Varsity Golf Training Complex
  • Stanford Campus Recreation Association
  • Stanford Golf Course
  • Stanford Rowing & Sailing Center
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Steuber Rugby Stadium & Doyle Family Clubhouse
  • Taube Family Tennis Center
  • Tresidder Fitness Center
  • Varsity Field Hockey Turf
Most Popular Sports
Men's basketball and football, and women's basketball are the most popular sports, by far. Students seem to really enjoy volleyball games, as well as attending track and field meets.
Most Overlooked Teams
Men's and women's swim teams, women's soccer, women's rugby, men's and women's tennis, women's basketball
School Spirit
Stanford students are walking advertisements. It is common to receive free T-shirts, hats, and other kinds of clothing at events on campus. Stanford students love their school and will tell everyone about it. Most students participate in sports events in some capacity; however, compared to other schools, Stanford students are lacking in sports pride. Football games are never sold out.
Getting Tickets
Tickets are generally easy to get if you are a student. For the big sports like basketball or football, you'll have to buy season passes, but they are usually very reasonable-around $50. Less popular sports, like volleyball, have very cheap tickets, and some sports, including gymnastics and lacrosse, tend to be free for Stanford students.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Arboretum Road is a nice place to take a walk, and it runs straight through most of Stanford's athletic facilities.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 92 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 50% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 47% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 1% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 92 responses

  • 16% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 35% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 49% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 93 responses

  • 62% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 29% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 9% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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