Life at Stanford is about unlimited possibilities. Their students roam the art-filled halls in Paris’s famed Musée d’Orsay, form part of the White House’s work force, and command the attention of fifteen Nobel Laureates on the faculty. As an undergraduate, you can make the Galapagos Islands your classroom, or stay on campus and enjoy the more than eight million volumes in our libraries, not to mention the technical facilities that advance our nation’s scientific knowledge daily. Stanford channels the world’s resources into its students, transforming them into tomorrow’s innovators. The university’s alumni are responsible for such household names as Yahoo!, Google, the laser, GPS Technology, Grapes of Wrath, and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The boundless resources at Stanford create a vibrancy on campus, infecting students with a sense of purpose and intellectual ambition. Students have wildly differing interests: a single group of friends may include a computer scientist, a budding novelist, or a dedicated public servant, all of whom would be well served by Stanford’s curriculum and extracurricular possibilities.
Balancing the unparalleled academic possibilities are Stanford’s extracurricular activities. Stanford has received fourteen consecutive Directors’ Cups, an award recognizing the top all-around Division I athletic program in the NCAA Division I. The university’s stellar sports program not only injects its undergraduate body with some of the most dedicated and talented athletes in the country, but it also creates a powerful feeling of pride and unity among its students. Aside from its sports program, students have created more than six hundred student-led organizations, ranging from the SIMPS (Stanford Improvisers) to the yo-yo club, to hip-hop dance groups. Each quarter ninety-nine percent of the 6,700 undergraduates either reside on campus or are participating in one of ten off-campus studies programs sponsored by the university; residence life is an integral and vital aspect of the Stanford experience. Grouping so many young adults together leads to a rich variety of activities, clubs, and social events, guaranteeing that undergraduate life is anything but dull.
Best of all, students never have to put their activities (academic or extracurricular) on hold. Thanks to its gloriously mild weather, students literally enjoy the school every day of the year. Stanford’s perennial sun also serves to highlight its beautiful campus of more than 8,000 acres located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and less than an hour from San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. Students also relish being near attractions such as Lake Tahoe, Monterey Bay, Big Sur, and Yosemite National Park.
Stanford is committed to offering its undergraduates an education that is unrivaled among research universities. Recognized as one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions, the school has one of the most renowned faculties in the nation. Stanford’s extraordinary students—men and women of all races, ethnicities, ages, and experiences—are distinguished by their love of learning and desire to contribute in a significant way to the greater community. From their first day on campus, students explore virtually limitless opportunities that fuel their intellectual passions and help them fulfill their academic and personal promise. They are encouraged to share their interests with members of all campus communities, resulting in a vigorous intellectual life outside the classroom as well as inside.
Let us not be afraid to outgrow old thoughts and ways and dare to think on new lines as to the future work under our care. —Jane Stanford
The entrepreneurial spirit that inspired Leland and Jane Stanford to establish the institution and that later helped shape the discoveries and innovations of Silicon Valley, located right at Stanford’s doorstep, cultivates an environment of intense creativity. Students learn from policy makers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and scholars involved in the most pressing issues facing the world and in turn they become involved themselves in discovering new knowledge that will impact the future.
Simply put, the ways you will think and live tomorrow are being shaped at Stanford today.