Stanford University

In 1885, Jane and Leland Stanford established Stanford University in memory of their son, Leland Junior. Their intent was to establish a "University of high degree" that would "qualify students for personal success and direct usefulness in life and promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Today, Stanford is a research university where teaching, learning and research are integral to the university's mission. Stanford values close interaction between undergraduates and faculty. Student participation in research is strongly supported and, in 2016-17, Stanford allocated about $5.5 million to support more than 1,000 projects. Stanford's entrepreneurial character draws from its Western location, the legacy of its founders and its proximity to Silicon Valley. Stanford emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research, and academic excellence crosses disciplines, ranging from humanities to social sciences to engineering and the sciences. Current faculty members have earned 20 Nobel Prizes and 4 Pulitzer Prizes. Students, distinguished by initiative, love of learning and commitment to public service, are talented in many areas, including academics, art, music and athletics. Stanford's athletic teams, called the Cardinal, have won the Directors Cup as the best program nationwide 22 years in a row. Stanford's extraordinary campus is located in a dynamic and diverse area between San Francisco and San Jose in Northern California. The campus is considered among the most beautiful and most environmentally sustainable anywhere. The Bing Overseas Studies Program has offerings in Australia, Berlin, Cape Town, Florence, Istanbul, Kyoto, Madrid, Oxford, Paris and Santiago. Other Stanford programs take students to the Hopkins Marine Laboratory on Monterey Bay, New York City and to Washington D.C. The arts are emphasized on the Stanford campus, and a new arts district includes the Bing Concert Hall, the McMurtry Building for Art and Art History, the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection at Stanford University. There are about 625 organized student groups at Stanford. The student newspaper is the Stanford Daily. The Associated Students of Stanford University is the representative government for Stanford students. There are about 35 recognized religious organizations. Stanford offers seven community centers: Asian American Activities Center, Black Community Services Center, El Centro Chicano y Latino, LGBT Community Resource Center, Native American Cultural Center, Women's Community Center and the Markaz: Resource Center to engage with Muslim identities and experiences.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Coed 1885 N/A Quarter $22.4 billion Stanford, CA 94305 (650) 723-2300
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95 100.0 California Stanford 1171 169