31 Facts About Stanford University

1. Stanford University is a research institution located in the California town of the same name.

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2. Stanford University was nondenominational, at a time when most schools had official religious affiliations.

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3. Stanford University is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires and 17 current astronauts.

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4. Stanford University is an international institution, enrolling students from all 50 US states and 91 other countries.

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5. Stanford University reduced its dependence on the automobile by adding campus housing and the free Marguerite shuttle, named after a 19th-century horse that pulled a jitney between campus and Palo Alto.

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6. Stanford University is one of the most research-oriented universities in the world.

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7. Stanford University Marketing is a student group that provides students hands on training through research and strategy consulting projects with Fortune 500 clients, as well as workshops led by people from industry and professors in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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8. Stanford University has won the award for the top-ranked Division 1 athletic program—the NACDA Directors' Cup, formerly known as the Sears Cup—annually for the past twenty-three straight years.

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9. Stanford University is a member of the Pac-12 Conference in most sports, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in several other sports, and the America East Conference in field hockey with the participation in the inter-collegiate NCAA's Division I FBS.

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10. Stanford University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

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11. Stanford University is the beneficiary of a special clause in the California Constitution, which explicitly exempts Stanford property from taxation so long as the property is used for educational purposes.

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12. Stanford University opened being called the "Cornell of the West" in 1891 due to faculty being former Cornell affiliates including its first president, David Starr Jordan.

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13. Stanford University is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires and 17 astronauts, and is one of the leading producers of members of the United States Congress.

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14. Stanford University was a US Senator and former Governor of California who made his fortune as a railroad tycoon.

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15. Stanford University is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world's top universities.

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16. Stanford University is not a private foundation as defined in Section 509 of the Internal Revenue Code per certification from the IRS dated October 20, 1970.

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17. Stanford University is a place where pioneering spirit meets 21st-century possibility.

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18. Stanford University officially opened on October 1, 1891 to 555 students.

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19. In 2002 Stanford University stood as one of the premier centers of higher learning and research in the country.

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20. Stanford University became a key site for governmentsponsored research programs.

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21. Stanford University faced a lesser financial setback during the California earthquake of 1906, which destroyed many of the buildings on campus.

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22. Stanford University was founded as a nondenominational, non-tuition-based, and coeducational institution.

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23. Stanford University emerged during a period of transformation and growth in American higher education.

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24. Stanford University is governed by a Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate and supported by numerous offices.

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25. Stanford University not only gives away videos of lectures, but syllabi, handouts, homework and exams.

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26. Stanford University is one of the few to realize that BitTorrent does not equal piracy.

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27. Stanford University is home to the Cantor Center for Visual Arts museum with 24 galleries, sculpture gardens, terraces, and a courtyard first established in 1891 by Jane and Leland Stanford as a memorial to their only child.

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28. Stanford University was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford, dedicated to Leland Stanford Jr, their only child.

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29. Stanford University is organized around three traditional schools consisting of 40 academic departments at the undergraduate and graduate level and four professional schools that focus on graduate programs in Law, Medicine, Education and Business.

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30. Stanford University struggled financially after the death of Leland Stanford in 1893 and again after much of the campus was damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

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31. Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California.

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