If you’re getting ready to fill out your college applications, or are starting to look at schools and are still unsure which institution is right for you, here’s a new list you might want to consider.
CampusSplash crunched the numbers to figure out the 25 most athletic colleges in the United States. The site looked at everything from number of sports, to number of titles, program revenue and more (though it doesn’t appear that points were deducted for NCAA violations). See who CampusSplash crowned as champions and view HuffPo’s slideshow of the top 10 schools where physical activity is more than a way to blow off steam after your physics final.
1) Stanford Cardinal. (Pac 12) The Cardinal have won the most national titles in the last 25 years, bringing 75 championships back to the west coast. That is quite a trophy room they must have. They have won national titles in 16 different sports, including being a juggernaut in men’s and women’s tennis, women’s basketball and volleyball, as well as women’s swimming and diving. In fact the women’s program is as strong, if not stronger, than the men’s.
2) Texas Longhorns. (Big 12) Texas reached their point total by being very well rounded. They have won 33 national titles in 9 different sports, are very popular, and bring in over $100 million dollars in revenue , mostly because of huge TV contracts. Texas is the only remaining NCAA Division I school to operate separate men’s and women’s athletic departments.
3) Florida Gators. (SEC) The Gators have won 19 national titles in 9 different sports and Google traffic estimator projected them to be the second most googled college team. Recently, the Gators have been one of the most popular teams, especially since one of the most loved collegiate football players ever (Tim Tebow) was wearing blue and orange for them. The “Lady Gators” is an alternative nickname sometimes used by the Gators women’s teams including the tennis team which has five titles.
4) UCLA Bruins. (Pac 12) The UCLA blue and gold have racked up 53 national titles in 14 different sports, both stats being the second highest behind only Stanford, and over 100 titles overall. Girls rule at UCLA where they have been dominant in gymnastics, softball, track and water polo for the past 25 years.
5) Georgia Bulldogs. (SEC) The Bulldogs are popular, bring in above average revenue and have won 26 national titles in 7 different sports over the past 25 years including 10 national titles in women’s gymnastics alone (five straight from 2005 to 2009).
6) Oregon Ducks. (Pac 12) Google traffic estimator had the Ducks projected as the most Googled college team. But that is not the only reason they make the top 10. The Ducks have won seven national titles in four different sports over the past 25 years and was the top pick for cross-country phenom Jordan Hasay.
7) USC Trojans. (Pac 12) Cross-town rivals UCLA came in at #4. Winning 25 national titles in 11 different sports hardly makes USC slackers though. Big on the gridiron, most USC football players make it to the pros. The women’s soccer and volleyball teams have also won national titles.
8) Wisconsin Badgers. (Big 10) Revenue and popularity play a big role in the Badgers making the list. The Badgers bring in around $100 million in revenue a year and are one of the more Googled teams in the country. They’ve won 11 national titles in five different sports over the past quarter of a decade.
9) Arkansas Razorbacks. (SEC) The Razorbacks crack the top 10, mostly because they can run. Really, really fast. The Razorbacks have won 30 track titles in the past 25 years. There are dozens of Lions, Tigers and Bears, but in all of college athletics there is only one Razorback (hog).
10) Michigan Wolverines (Big 10) The blue and yellow Wolverines round out the top 10. They have won nine national titles in 7 different sports in the past 25 years and are one of the more popular schools around. They also bring in around $100 million for the school annually. Go Blue!
Tennessee Volunteers (women’s baskeball )
Penn State Nittany Lions (women’s volleyball )
Ohio State Buckeyes
Alabama Crimson Tide
UNC Tar Heels (women’s soccer )
California Golden Bears
Arizona State Sun Devils
Texas A&M Aggies (women’s track & basketball )
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Maryland Terrapins (women’s field hockey)
Even if you’re not a recruited athlete, if you like sports, these schools should all be on your radar.