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Stanford University – One of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions

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Stanford University

About Stanford

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to “promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization.” Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing our students for leadership in today’s complex world.


Stanford students stand out for their academic excellence. They come from throughout the United States and the world, representing demographic, economic and cultural diversity. Students are admitted on a need-blind basis, and the university ensures that no admitted student is unable to attend. Once here, students discover that exploration, challenge and curiosity are limited only by their desires.

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Stanford is unusual among great universities in having seven schools on one campus: Humanities and Sciences, Law, Medicine, Business, Earth Sciences, Engineering and Education. This breadth provides students with unparalleled freedom to cross departmental boundaries and discover intellectual and personal passions. Creative thinking, problem-solving and research are central to the academic programs at Stanford, and learning takes place in an environment of intimate collaboration. Around three-quarters of Stanford’s classes have fewer than 20 students.

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Contact Stanford University

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Telephone (campus operator): 650-723-2300


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Stanford University

450 Serra Mall

Stanford, CA 94305–2004


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