President: Professor John Hennessy
Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing our students for leadership in today's complex world.
Stanford is unusual among great universities in having seven schools on one campus: Humanities and Sciences, Law, Medicine, Business, Earth Sciences, Engineering and Education. This breadth provides students with unparalleled freedom to cross departmental boundaries and discover intellectual and personal passions. Creative thinking, problem-solving and research are central to the academic programs at Stanford, and learning takes place in an environment of intimate collaboration. Around three-quarters of Stanford's classes have fewer than 20 students.
From Nobel Prize winners to undergraduates, all members of the Stanford community are engaged in creating new knowledge, whether in the sciences, business, the arts or wherever their interests lie. Stanford is particularly noted for its openness to multidisciplinary research, not only within its schools and departments, but also in its laboratories, institutes, libraries and research centers.