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 19 consecutive Directors' Cup titles (1995–2013), an award that honors the nation's top overall Division I athletic program.
- 300 athletic scholarships are awarded each year.
- Stanford sent more athletes to the Beijing Olympics than any other college in the U.S, winning 25 Olympic medals. If Stanford were a country, it would have ranked #11—tying with Japan in total Olympic medals.
- The Stanford campus is home to 119 national championships—more than any other college in the U.S.
- At least one Stanford team has won a national championship during each of the last 36 years. This is the longest continuing streak in the nation.
- In 2012, Heisman Trophy finalist Andrew Luck was the NFL first draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts. Stanford's Nneka Ogwumike was selected as the first overall pick of the 2012 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks.
The Departments of Athletics and Physical Education and Recreation offer programs providing all students opportunities for athletic participation and physical fitness at all 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.
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
- 7,600-seat Maples Pavilion
- 4,000-seat Sunken Diamond
- 14-court Taube Family Tennis Stadium
- 2,500-seat, four-pool Avery Aquatic Complex
- 50,000-seat Stanford Stadium
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