The Stanford University is located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, located in California. Regularly ranked amongst the best, Stanford University was established in 1885, but it was only in 1891 that the university opened its doors for the students. The history of Stanford is as riveting as the college itself. In 1876, the then Governor of California – Leland Stanford purchased 650 acres of “Rancho San Francisquito”. Later, it was extended to over 8000 acres and thus began the journey of one of the best institutes. Presently, the college is spread over an area of 8180 acres consisting of 700 major buildings and the fact that 97% of the undergraduateschoose to live on campus is testimony to its excellent facilities and revolutionary methods of teaching.
The Stanford University primarily consists of seven schools – Business, Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Sciences, Law, and Medicine. The university currently has 7018 undergraduate students and 9118 graduates enrolled in various courses. The university provides an endowment of $21.4 billion and funds 5300 projects across various courses. Also, Stanford provides research funding stretching up to $1.33 billion. As with any top institute, faculty forms the back bone of Stanford; which is home to more than 2100 teachers out of which 21 are Nobel Laureates. Having successfully completed the “Stanford Energy System Innovations”; Stanford, in 2015, will become one of the most energy efficient universities in the world.
The Stanford University’s housing system is home to 6503 undergraduates and 5478 graduate students. The excellent services offered at the campus are validated by the fact that 96% students choose to stay on campus. After the end of freshmen year, 62% students choose to stay in university provided housing. The university has world class facilities designed to offer exceptional experience to the students. Also,the campus includes 80 diverse facilities consisting of 16 fraternities and 14 sororities. In a nutshell the Stanford Student Housing programme is a revolutionary system which brings together students from diverse backgrounds.
The diverse background of students at Stanford is supported by almost 650 organized student groups and 44 recognized religious organizations. Such a strong and rooted system provides students a support system needed succeed to during their stay away from home. All efforts are made to provide an environment reminiscent of their homes and make their education experience memorable. The Stanford University releases a newspaper – Stanford Daily – which is fully managed by the students to highlight various news, views, and opinions. Furthermore, the campus houses six cultural centers: Asian American Center, Black Community Center, Services Center, El Centro Chicano, LGBT Community Center, Resource Center, The Markaz: Resource Center for Engagement.
The safety and security of the students is of paramount importance for the Stanford community, therefore the management provides a 24hr law enforcement and security team and a crime management team.
A campus as large and well spread as Stanford requires a strong transport system. The university provides 65 zip cars and 79 state of the art buses for the ease of students. The Stanford University has been named “Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly University”.