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Welcome to Stanford

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stanford University is a place of learning, discovery, expression and innovation. Founded in 1885, Stanford’s areas of excellence span seven schools along with research institutes, the arts and athletics. Stanford’s faculty, staff and students work to improve the health and wellbeing of people around the world through the discovery and application of knowledge.


Student Enrollment

  • 7,858 undergraduate
  • 9,388 graduate

As of Autumn Quarter, 2021


  • 2,279 faculty members
  • 19 Nobel laureates are currently members of the Stanford community
  • 5:1 student to faculty ratio


  • 8,180 contiguous acres
  • Nearly 700 major buildings


  • 7,700+ externally sponsored projects
  • $1.93 billion total budget

Established 1885
Opened 1891


  • President Marc Tessier-Lavigne
  • Provost Persis Drell


  • $28.9 billion (as of August 31, 2020)

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