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Stanford University – What You Want To Know

Stanford University – What You Want To Know

Stanford University Cool Facts

(EDU)  Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California, adjacent to Palo Alto and between San Jose and San Francisco.  Its 8,180-acre campus is one of the largest in the United States.  With an $18.7 billion endowment Stanford University has access to numerous world-class research resources.  The school’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve alone sits on1,189 acres, and lets scientists study ecosystems first hand.  The 150-foot radio telescope, nicknamed “The Dish,” studies the ionosphere.  Stanford also boasts a 315-acre habitat reserve, which is actively trying to bring back the endangered California tiger salamander. And the SLAC Accelerator Laboratory actively advances the U.S. Department of Energy’s research.

Stanford is also affiliated with the prestigious Hoover Institution, which is one of the nation’s leading social, political, and economic think tanks. But it takes more than just great laboratories and facilities to build a great research center. Stanford also has some of the finest minds in the world working for it. The school’s faculty currently includes 22 Nobel Laureates, 51 members of the American Philosophical Society, three Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, 158 National Academy of Science members, five Pulitzer Prize winners, and 27 MacArthur Fellows.

stanford university history


When railroad magnate and former California Gov. Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford, lost their only child, Leland, Jr., to typhoid in 1884, they decided to build a university as the most fitting memorial, and deeded to it a large fortune that included the 8,180-acre Palo Alto stock farm that became the campus. They made their plans just as the modern research university was taking form.

Leland Stanford Junior University – still its legal name – opened Oct. 1, 1891.

The Stanfords and founding President David Starr Jordan aimed for their new university to be nonsectarian, co-educational and affordable, to produce cultured and useful graduates, and to teach both the traditional liberal arts and the technology and engineering that were already changing America.

Their vision took shape on the oak-dotted fields of the San Francisco Peninsula as a matrix of arcades and quadrangles designed for expansion and the dissolving of barriers between people, disciplines and ideas.

Stanford University Wealth

The fifth-wealthiest school in the world and the fourth-highest-ranked university in the U.S., Stanford University is known for its schools of education, engineering, law, medicine, and business, among others. Originally founded in 1885 by former U.S. Senator Leland Stanford, the massive university is located on valuable land in the San Francisco Bay Area. In fact, much of the 1940s was spent encouraging staff and alumni to found the companies that would lead to the rise of nearby Silicon Valley. More recently, Stanford University has solidified itself as the leading fundraising college in the United States. Since 2001, it has received a number of sizable monetary gifts from big-name donors such as the Hewlett Foundation, Philip H. Knight, Dorothy and Robert King, and real estate mogul John Arrillaga. Stanford’s current endowment is an impressive $21.4 billion.

  • Endowment: $21.4 billion
  • Average Cost per Student: $19,233 per year
  • Average Salary of Full-Time Faculty: $143,902
  • Annual Research Budget: $903.2 million
  • Ranked #2 University in the World


Four of Stanford University’s seven schools offer undergraduate and graduate coursework, and the remaining three serve as purely graduate schools. Graduate programs include the highly ranked School of EducationSchool of EngineeringLaw SchoolSchool of Medicine and the top-ranked Graduate School of Business. The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment oversees collaboration between environmental research, teaching and outreach. Stanford has a number of well-known theatrical and musical groups, including the Ram’s Head Theatrical Society and the Mendicants, an all-male a cappella group. Notable Stanford alumni include former U.S. President Herbert Hoover, famed NFL quarterback John Elway, actress Sigourney Weaver and golfer Tiger Woods, who began his professional career at Stanford.

Student Enrollment

STUDENTS (annual) 


  • 16,122 FULL TIME
  • 4,294 PART TIME
  • 9,281 MEN FULL TIME
  • 43,997 APPLIED
  • 2,114 ADMITTED
  • 1,750 ENROLLED


TUITION/YEAR = $47,940

  • 11,154 GRADUATES
  • 2,260 NON-DEGREE
  • $47,940 IN STATE
  • $688 FEES
  • $14,601 ROOM & BOARD

School Type

Private, Coed





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