The Virginia athletics department has evolved into one of the most successful in the nation as witnessed by its success on the field in both Atlantic Coast Conference play and NCAA Championship competition.
Since 2002, UVA has won more ACC team championships (76) than any other school in the conference. During their proud athletics history, the Cavaliers have won 35 national championships, including 25 NCAA team titles.
Numerous Virginia student-athletes have achieved greatness in professional sports, Olympic venues & on national teams in addition to being recognized for the scholastic achievements.
During its long and illustrious athletics history, Virginia has won 25 NCAA team championships with titles captured by eight different programs. In addition to the NCAA Championships, UVA teams have captured non-NCAA national titles on 10 other occasions to bring the total of overall national crowns to 35.
The benchmark for overall excellence in athletics is The Director’s Cup. Its points standings reflect NCAA Championship finishes for all sports. Virginia is one of just 12 schools to have been ranked in the top 30 of the final Director’s Cup All-Sports point standings every year since 1994. UVA has finished in the top-10 of the Director’s Cup six times in the last nine years.
In 2015 Virginia won the Capital One Cup for the top achieving men’s athletics program. UVA was fueled by NCAA titles in men’s tennis, men’s soccer, baseball and a top-10 finish by the Cavalier men’s basketball program. UVA was presented $200,000 for student-athlete scholarships by Capital One. Members of the national championship men’s soccer, men’s tennis and baseball teams were presented with the trophy at the ESPY Awards.
A member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1953, Virginia has won a total of 134 ACC team championships and hundreds of individual titles. The Cavaliers’ 76 ACC team titles is the most by any league institution since 2002.
The excellence achieved by Virginia’s student-athletes has not been confined to competitive venues. Thanks to strong support systems, UVA student-athletes who exhaust their eligibility graduate at a rate of 98 percent. In 2017, 322 Cavaliers were named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll that recognizes student-athletes who registered a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the entire academic year. The honor of honors is graduating from Virginia and making the walk down the Lawn.