About Stanford

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Stanford's 125th Anniversary

This year, Stanford celebrates of 125 years of impact in people’s lives and around the world. Visit the Stanford 125 website for information about upcoming events and special online content about Stanford's past, present and future.

Stanford Facts & History

Stanford Facts and the Annual Report are published each year to provide current information and statistics about the university. You can also read about Stanford's history.

Visitor Information

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.

Offices & Administration

The university is led by President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy, governed by a Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate, and supported by numerous offices.

News & Events

Get the latest Stanford news and information about upcoming events on campus.