The Basics

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Aerial shot of Main Quad

Where is Stanford?

Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose, Stanford is in the heart of Northern California’s dynamic “Silicon Valley.”

Looking out from an arch in the Main Quad

About Stanford

Looking for information about the University’s founding? Curious about the number of NCAA Championships won by Cardinal Athletes?  Want to know how many students are enrolled at Stanford, or the number of Nobel Laureates on the faculty?  Find answers here.

Mosaic Face of Memorial Church, “Christ Blessing the People”

Campus Highlights

With so much to do on Stanford’s campus, it can be hard to decide how to spend your time here. Here are some suggestions.

Old Union

Visitor Center

Stanford University’s Visitor Information Services welcomes more than 100,000 visitors to campus annually, offering campus tours and providing information about the university and the surrounding area.

Grove of Palm Trees

Virtual Tours

Can't make it to Stanford? Explore our sprawling 8,180-acre campus from home by way of an online tour.