Stanford's motto—"the wind of freedom blows"—is a call to unfettered research, service and discovery. It also informs our mission: to overcome our time's seemingly intractable challenges through open and fearless inquiry and action.

The first year at a major research university can be intimidating. That is why Stanford provides the resources to make sure students have the support to guide them, the opportunities to challenge them and the freedom to discover their potential.

The Stanford community allows for development of independence in a supported environment as a student charts his or her own personal journey in the environment of a liberal arts college. Above all else, Stanford is distinguished by its remarkable breadth of resources so students can design a unique intellectual adventure to meet their academic and personal goals.