6 Facts About Stanford

1. Stanford 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.

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

3. 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.

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

5. Jane and Leland Stanford modeled their university after the great eastern universities, most specifically Cornell University and Harvard University.

6. Stanford 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.