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About Stanford

A place for learning, discovery, innovation, expression and discourse

Opened in1891
Located inStanford, CA


President Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Marc Tessier-Lavigne became Stanford University’s eleventh president on September 1, 2016.

Persis Drell

Provost Persis Drell

Persis Drell is Stanford’s thirteenth provost, the chief academic and budgetary officer of the University.

Other Administration

The University is also governed by a Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate and supported by numerous offices and policies.


Stanford History

The Leland Stanford Junior University was founded in 1885 by California Senator Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, in memory of their only child, Leland Jr., who died of typhoid fever at 15.

Stanford Then & Now

Stanford has changed with the world over the last 125 years, often leading the way with new ideas and discoveries. Here’s a look at Stanford people, places and experiences, past and present.

Stanford Timelines

Our history is rich and inspiring. Our future will be cutting edge and groundbreaking. Immerse yourself in our past and see into our future.

Visiting Stanford

Plan a Visit

Stanford welcomes more than 150,000 visitors to campus annually. Whether you live in the neighborhood or are coming from far away, we look forward to seeing you here on the Farm.

Virtual Tours

Visitor Information offers several multimedia tours of Stanford, including videos, slideshows and a self-guided podcast tour.

Stanford Shopping Center

Other Resources

Have a delicious meal at one of Stanford’s numerous dining locations.  If you want to do some shopping during your visit, we’ve got that covered too.  Our Maps & Directions will help you find your way.