36 Facts About Stanford


Leland Stanford was a U S senator and former governor of California who made his fortune as a railroad tycoon.

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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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Stanford alumni have founded numerous companies, which combined produce more than $2.

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Stanford is the alma mater of U S President Herbert Hoover, 74 living billionaires, and 17 astronauts.

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Jane and Leland Stanford modeled their university after the great eastern universities, most specifically Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

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Stanford was referred to as the "Cornell of the West" in 1891 due to a majority of its faculty being former Cornell affiliates, including its first president, David Starr Jordan, and second president, John Casper Branner.

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When Leland Stanford died in 1893, the continued existence of the university was in jeopardy due to a federal lawsuit against his estate, but Jane Stanford insisted the university remain in operation throughout the financial crisis.

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Also in the 1950s William Shockley, co-inventor of the silicon transistor, recipient of the 1956 Nobel Prize for Physics, and later professor of physics at Stanford, moved to the Palo Alto area and founded a company, Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory.

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Stanford currently operates in various locations outside of its central campus.

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Stanford land is leased for a token rent by the Palo Alto Unified School District for several schools including Palo Alto High School and Gunn High School.

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White Memorial Fountain between the Stanford Bookstore and the Old Union is a popular place to meet and to engage in the Stanford custom of "fountain hopping"; it was installed in 1964 and designed by Aristides Demetrios after a national competition as a memorial for two brothers in the class of 1949, William N White and John B White II, one of whom died before graduating and one shortly after in 1952.

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Stanford is a private, non-profit university administered as a corporate trust governed by a privately appointed board of trustees with a maximum membership of 38.

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The 11th and current president of Stanford University is Marc Trevor Tessier-Lavigne, a Canadian-born neuroscientist.

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Stanford 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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Half of applicants accepted to Stanford have an SAT score between 1440 and 1570 or an ACT score of 32 and 35.

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

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For undergraduates admitted starting in 2015, Stanford waives tuition, room, and board for most families with incomes below $65, 000, and most families with incomes below $125, 000 are not required to pay tuition; those with incomes up to $150, 000 may have tuition significantly reduced.

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In 2022, Stanford started its first dual-enrollment computer science program for high school students from low-income communities as a pilot project which then inspired the founding of the Qualia Global Scholars Program.

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Stanford is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity.

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Together with UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, Stanford is part of the Biohub, a new medical science research center founded in 2016 by a $600 million commitment from Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician Priscilla Chan.

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Stanford is home to the Cantor Center for Visual Arts, a 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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In 2014, Stanford opened the Anderson Collection, a new museum focused on postwar American art and founded by the donation of 121 works by food service moguls Mary and Harry Anderson.

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Stanford is host to ten a cappella groups, including the Mendicants, Counterpoint (the first all-female group on the West Coast), the Harmonics, the Stanford Fleet Street Singers, Talisman, Everyday People, and Raagapella.

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The New York Times in the same year concluded "Stanford University has become America's 'it' school, by measures that Harvard once dominated.

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Stanford is one of the most successful universities in creating companies and licensing its inventions to existing companies, and it is often considered a model for technology transfer.

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Stanford 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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Stanford athletes have won medals in every Summer Olympic Games since 1912.

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Stanford is home to a set of student journalism publications.

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The Stanford Daily is a student-run daily newspaper and has been published since the university was founded in 1892.

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The Stanford Review is a conservative student newspaper founded in 1987.

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Stanford is home to a large number of pre-professional student organizations, organized around missions from startup incubation to paid consulting.

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Stanford Women In Business is an on-campus business organization, aimed at helping Stanford women find paths to success in the generally male-dominated technology industry.

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Stanford 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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Stanford Finance provides mentoring and internships for students who want to enter a career in finance.

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Stanford immediately referred the case to prosecutors and offered Miller counseling, and within two weeks had barred Turner from campus after conducting an investigation.

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Stanford alumni have started many companies and, according to Forbes, has produced the second highest number of billionaires of all universities.

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