Mindful that you're a student-athlete, we are proud to offer our 4th Annual STACK Elite 50 Colleges, a ranking of the best schools for academically-minded athletes. After months of crunching numbers [wins, losses, championships, school rankings, academic progress and more], we improved on prior years' compilations to help you choose a school with the right balance of academics and athletics.
With an impressive three-peat, Stanford holds its number one ranking, continuing to display the highest level of academic and athletic excellence.
Total Points: 100.00
Top-15 Ranked Sports: 17
U.S. News Rank: 5
WHY THEY'RE ON TOP
Once again the Cardinal soared a mile above the competition to three-peat as Elite 50 champs. Despite a slight drop in academics, from  to  in the U.S. News rankings, Stanford over-compensated in athletics, as an unprecedented 10 of its teams finished in the number one spot. All hail the powerful Palo Alto dynasty.
Ranked Sports: Women's Basketball , Men's Golf , Women's Soccer , Men's Swimming , Women's Swimming , Women's Tennis , Men's Track & Field , Women's Track & Field , Men's Cross Country , Women's Cross Country , Volleyball , Men's Tennis , Softball , Baseball , Women's Golf , Wrestling  and Men's Basketball 
Location: Palo Alto, Calif.
Year founded: 1891
Percentage of freshmen in top 10% of their graduating class: 92
Application fee: $75
Acceptance rate: 10%
Average GPA of incoming freshmen: 4.0
Male/female ratio: 51/49
Student/faculty ratio: 6/1
Percentage of students from out of state: 64
Rick Shaw, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid
355 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-3020
National championships: 96 [59 men, 37 women]
Longest coaching tenure: Mark Marquess, Baseball, 33 years
Nearest professional team: San Jose Earthquakes [MLS], 22 miles
Notable alumni: President Herbert Hoover, Nike founder Phil Knight, Hall of Fame QB John Elway, Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh, PGA legend Tom Watson
Fast fact: If you've ever seen the Tree dancing around at Cardinal athletic events, you've probably wondered why the school chose a plant as its mascot. Well, Stanford doesn't officially have a mascot. From 1930 to 1972, their teams were known as the "Indians." They became the Cardinal in 1981. The "Tree" is a member of the Stanford Band.
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