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Stanford University

Stanford, California, United States
Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.



In 2006, the university embarked upon an ambitious five-year, $4.3 billion campaign, The Stanford Challenge, to ensure that Stanford continues to educate future leaders and to find solutions to the most pressing global challenges. The scholarly initiatives at the heart of the campaign focus on the environment, international relations, human health, the arts and K-12 education.


Stanford University is one of the world's leading research universities. It is known for its entrepreneurial character, drawn from the legacy of its founders, Jane and Leland Stanford, and its relationship to Silicon Valley. Areas of excellence range from the humanities to social sciences to engineering and the sciences. Stanford is located in California's Bay Area, one of the most intellectually dynamic and culturally diverse areas of the nation.


The era of globalization means many things for Stanford: research on issues such as international security, exchanges with foreign universities, overseas opportunities for undergraduates, and collaboration with colleagues worldwide. In the area of human health, Stanford is conducting pioneering research in stem cells, bioengineering, regenerative medicine, neuroscience and cancer treatment. Stanford is also expanding its commitment to the arts by creating a new "Arts District" on campus, anchored by the existing Cantor Arts Center and the Bing Concert Hall, a new performing arts center which opened in 2013.


Career Communities is a team of career coaches who are embedded in student communities and connect with students in appointments and meetups to help them explore career paths, identify and apply for opportunities, and cultivate personalized networks that shape their professional journey.

At BEAM, our aim is to help students develop their own career communities.The Arts Expert in Residence event in May 2015 defined what it was to be in an arts career community. Thirteen students came to the Harmony House to hear A-lan Holt, ’11, artist and playwright, share her experience in creating a sustainable artistic practice post-Stanford.

University Ranking

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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Student services

The staff here at the Career Development Center is excited to welcome all new students! Find out how to connect with us during new student orientation, whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, transfer, or international student.WelcomeToStanford!The staff here at the Career Development Center is excited to welcome all new students! Here are five ways to connect with us during new student orientation, whether you are an undergraduate, graduate, transfer, or international student. We look forward to connecting with you early and often!

Housing services

About 62 percent of graduate students eligible for housing live in university-provided housing designed for single students, couples and families with children. New graduate students are guaranteed housing their first year on campus when they apply by the spring deadline.

The undergraduate housing system includes 80 diverse facilities. About 25 percent of students join one of the 16 fraternities or 14 sororities recognized on campus. Seven fraternities and three sororities offer housing.

There are 850 owner-occupied housing units for faculty on campus, as well as 628 rental units for faculty and staff.

Library services

  • Green is Stanford University's main research library, and has collections in the humanities, social sciences, area studies, and interdisciplinary areas.
  • Cecil H. Green Library
  • Lathrop Library
  • Archive of Recorded Sound
  • Art & Architecture Library (Bowes)
  • Biology Library (Falconer)
  • Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library (Swain)
  • Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections (Branner)
  • East Asia Library

ICT services

University IT cable modem service gives you access to the Internet at speeds up to 40 Mpbs V and 25 Mpbs ^. The cable modem service does not provide direct network access to Stanford resources, though faculty, staff, and students with a Stanford account (SUNet ID and password) have access to Stanford-licensed materials via web-based authentication or through the use of the Campus VPN service.

Medical services

Stanford Medicine delivers unparalleled care for each patient’s unique needs. Our multidisciplinary approach to health care coordinates deep expertise with the most advanced technology for the best possible outcomes.

Student Life

Campus life

As of Autumn 2015, 6,509 undergraduates and 5,709 graduate students live in university-provided housing. Housing is guaranteed for four years for entering freshmen. Approximately 97 percent of all undergraduates registered and residing at the home campus live in on-campus housing.

The Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) provides law enforcement, security, safety, crime prevention and emergency services on campus 24 hours a day. The department is comprised of sworn and non-sworn personnel. Sworn officers are reserve deputy sheriffs with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office and are empowered to enforce the law in the State of California pursuant to Penal Code 836.

Sports facilities

Arrillaga Center for Sports & Recreation

  • Women's Squash
  • Men's & Women's Fencing
  • Facility for students, faculty & staff
Arrillaga Family Sports CenterArrillaga Outdoor Education & Recreation Center

Avery Aquatic Center

  • Men's & Women's Swimming and Diving
  • Men's & Women's Water Polo
  • Synchronized Swimming

Burnham Pavilion & Ford Center

  • Men's and Women's Gymnastics
  • Some Men's Volleyball

Student clubs

In general, the 650+ clubs and organizations at Stanford span the following areas:

  • Athletic/Recreational
  • Careers/Pre-professional
  • Community Service
  • Ethnic/Cultural
  • Fraternities/Sororities
  • Health/Counseling
  • Media/Publications
  • Music/Dance/Creative Arts
  • Political/Social Awareness
  • Religious/Philosophical


Stanford University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Stanford, California, United States

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