Stanford University

Overview

Stanford University sits on the ancestral and unceded land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This land was – and continues to be – of great importance to the Ohlone people. Consistent with Stanford's values of community and diversity, they have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor and make visible the university’s relationship to Native peoples. To give you a better sense of their geographic location, Stanford is in Northern California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, a unique environment brimming with innovative high-tech businesses and startups. Stanford is known for its entrepreneurial culture, and the school’s pioneering spirit of the West is highly integrated into the campus community.

Stanford offers more than 70 programs of study across 3 undergraduate schools, and many students pursue interdisciplinary programs. Beyond the classroom, students participate in collaborative or independent research experiences, dive into public and community service opportunities, or intern and study abroad through the Bing Overseas Studies Program.

More than 97% of Stanford undergraduate students live on campus and students’ strong ties to campus life is apparent in the school’s 650+ student organizations that enrich Stanford’s social, cultural and educational experiences. Stanford is also proud of its national ranked athletic programs and has won at least one NCAA championship for the last 45 years. Stanford athletes have collectively gone on to win 296 Olympic medals.

Two fun facts about Stanford: First, the university was built by Leland and Jane Stanford on their Palo Alto Stock Farm, and the campus is often referred to as “The Farm.” Second, as part of commencement graduating students participate in what’s known as the Wacky Walk, making their entrance often in costume.  

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