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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone on campus is athletic and the sports are the best in the nation. There is a lot of school spirit and the athletic facilities are also the best in the nation.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Gyms are pretty good, not quite as good as you might expect but decent. Lots of facilities/intramurals/varsity teams/club teams all that sort of stuff.

We have pretty solid athletics programs all around. It can be rather difficult to get into club sports due to the fact that varsity sports are so selective that the club sports have really good pickings.

School spirit in the sports department can be quite lacking at times.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Stanford sports teams are consistently among the best--if not the best--in the nation. Stanford has won the Division I Director's Cup the last 20 years in a row. The school has stellar athletes and stellar facilities, which are all located on campus--no need to travel around the town. There are multiple gyms on campus, a rock climbing wall, multiple swimming pools, tennis courts, fields, etc. Some dorms have their own basketball courts, volleyball courts, and grass or turf fields for casual play. The only less appealing thing about Stanford sports is student attendance--there's usually a big crowd at the football and basketball games, but because Stanford students are so busy (academics, clubs, social life, etc.), the attendance at other games leaves something to be desired. There's still a lot of school spirit though; Stanford students love their school!

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5 College Senior

Athletics: The athletics facilities are to notch. They have the latest equipment, very spacious and gym hours can got till midnight. There is also a lot of area for outside sports.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The gyms are incredible. They have every machine you could ever want. The teams, are of course, incredible as well. School spirit is less than what I would have expected from a school like stanford but I think that just might be because of the social circle I am in.


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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 63 responses

  • 2% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 48% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 49% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 63 responses

  • 21% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 38% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 41% 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 64 responses

  • 58% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 31% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 11% 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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