Stanford University

Stanford has one of the largest campuses in the United States and is one of the most prestigious in the world. Stanford was founded in 1885 by a former California Senator and Governor, Leland Stanford and his wife, to memorialize their son.

Stanford University

Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford California. The university is nearPalo Alto, as well as, San Francisco and San Jose.  Due to the academic strength, wealth, and proximity to Silicon Valley, Stanford University is cited as one of the world’s most prestigious universities and its undergraduate program is the most selective in America. Stanford offers Greek life with 31 organizations, including 14 sororities and 16 fraternities. Stanford students work hard but also play hard. The university has 16 male varsity sports and 20 female varsity sports. Stanford University has had at least one NCAA championship team, each year, since 1967 and has earned 113 NCAA national team titles since the university was established.

Academics at Stanford University

Stanford follows a quarter systems that usually begins in late September and ends in June.  Stanford features seven schools through which you can pursue your passions:

  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Humanities and Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Business
  • Earth

Stanford offers more than 65 major fields. Four of the seven schools at Sanford offer undergraduate and graduate coursework. The rest of the schools serve as purely undergraduate schools.  Academic excellence is the core criteria for admission into Stanford University and the most important credentials are the student transcript.  Some of the most popular majors include:

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Atmosphere Energy
  • Biology
  • African and American Studies
  • Bioengineering
  • Drama
  • Biomechanical Engineering

Fun fact: 116 Stanford students have been Rhodes Scholars.

Location of Stanford University: Stanford

Most of Stanford University sits on an 8,180-acre campus located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. Stanford University boasts some of the most incredible landmarks, including:

  • Hanna Honeycomb House and Lou Henry Hoover House
  • Main Quad and Memorial Church
  • The Bring concert hall
  • The Cantor Center for Visual Arts
  • The Stanford Mausoleum
  • Hoovers Tower
  • The Rodin Sculpture Garden
  • The Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden
  • The Stanford University Arboretum

Beautiful Sites Near Stanford University

  • Cantor Arts Center is perfect for a two-hour site seeing trip. The museum is two stories with permanent displays, as well as limited time exhibits. Next door, the Anderson Collection features modern post-1960 art.
  • The Stanford Shopping Center is huge and features: a Microsoft store, a Tesla dealer, upscale departmental stores, and restaurants.

Alumni of Stanford University

It is impossible to list all the notable alumni of this great institution, but here are a few:

  • Former US President Herbert Hoover
  • Famed NFL Quarterback John Elway
  • Actress Sigourney Weaver
  • Golfer Tiger Woods
  • Google plus CEO Sundar Pichai,
  • Snap Cofounder Evan Spiegel

Campus Life on Stanford University

  • The Hoover Tower is a landmark for both students and visitors. The tower was gifted to Stanford by the Belgium – American Education Foundation. It is part of the Hoover Institution on War, Peace and Revolution founded by Herbert Hoover. Herbert Hoover was a Stanford alumni and the 31st president of the United States.
  • Fountain Hopping has a long history at Stanford.  The tradition of jumping in water fountains around campus and getting your feet wet is done by first-year students during new student orientation and admit weekend.
  • Stanford’s Mascot: the unofficial name of the Stanford Mascot is the ‘Stanford Tree.’ There is a relatively selective process to choose the students who get to play the tree, since many students want the responsibility. A new tree costume is designed each year.
  • More bikes than people: at Stanford University, there are more bikes registered on campus than students. We wonder whether some people ride more than one bike!
  • Kissed under full moon happens on the first full moon of the autumn quarter.  All the freshmen get a surprise kiss between midnight and one. This is a huge Stanford celebration with a lot of kissing.

Stanford Accolades

  • Stanford is one of the most research-oriented universities in the world. Since 1952, over 54 Stanford faculty, staff, and alumni have won the Nobel Prize. Indeed, Stanford has the largest number of Turing Award winners than any other institution.
  • The current teaching body at Stanford includes 19 Nobel Prize Laureates and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners.
  • Stanford is the alma mater of 30 known living billionaires and also 17 current astronauts.
  • Stanford is among the most successful universities in creating companies and licensing its inventions to existing companies. Stanford is often held up as a model for technology transfer. Stanford faculty alumni have founded many companies among them:
    • Google
    • Nike
    • Snap chart
    • Hewlett – Packard
    • Instagram
    • Yahoo
    • Linked in

Stanford at a Glance

  • Location: Stanford
  • Private Research University
  • Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees
  • Student enrollment: 16,336
  • Annual tuition: $49,617
  • Ranked: 3rd Globally by US News World Report
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