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tanford University, located in beautiful Northern California and only 30 miles south of San Francisco, is one of the most selective and diverse institutions in the world. Home to approximately 6,700 undergraduates, more than half of whom are students of color, Stanford is a medium-size, residential, liberal arts college within a major research university.


The freedom to pursue what you love at Stanford…As a respected leader in the humanities, sciences and engineering, Stanford brings together extraordinary faculty members and students in the pursuit of excellence. Students and faculty cultivate an environment of intense creativity and collaboration where they encourage each other to think across disciplines and outside the box. As a Stanford undergraduate, you will not be pushed to the periphery of the research endeavors that define Stanford; rather, our breadth of world-class education invites you to explore and participate actively in a diversity of ideas. Our 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures that you will be part of the research activity that crosses all disciplines and curricular levels, you will have a voice in the classroom, and you will contribute to the body of new knowledge created at Stanford. Our mission is to challenge traditional boundaries through a risk-taking spirit of inquiry, innovation and investigation. Opportunities for discovery begin in the classroom and extend into the rich research life of campus laboratories, libraries, studios and beyond. 


Living and learning at Stanford…Learning outside the classroom is supported by a vibrant and intimate residential system that emphasizes service and community. Approximately 95% of students live in campus housing and participate in over 600 student organizations. These organizations encompass a broad range of interests, which include but are not limited to academic, cultural, social, religious, and political. Stanford also takes great pride in supporting a nationally recognized NCAA Division I athletic program. In addition to the communal activities, students compliment their learning through participating in a vast array of educational opportunities including: Freshman and Sophomore Seminars taught by world renowned faculty in groups of 16 or fewer students; Undergraduate Research Programs where more than $4.4 million is granted to undergraduates each year; nine Overseas Study Centers. Over 70 fields of study are offered at Stanford, giving you the true freedom to explore your current interests and the flexibility to uncover new passions. The Stanford curriculum and community are designed to allow you to discover how the ideas that excite you can change not only the community around you, but also the world.


Diversity at Stanford…Stanford’s undergraduates come from all 50 states and more than 60 nations; but diversity at Stanford means more than geographic, racial or ethnic differences. The Stanford community embraces a broad range of socioeconomic, religious, cultural, and educational backgrounds. We believe that the best education can develop only in a vibrant, diverse community that actively affirms both the differences among its members and the numerous points of connection. Stanford understands that holistic student development happens with support and access both inside and outside the realm of academics. The diversity on Stanford’s campus can be felt through our classes, student organizations, residential life, and eight individual community centers. These different venues not only serve as a general resource for the campus community, but more importantly, the critical purpose of empowering students to thrive and reach their full potential. The community centers include: Asian American Activities Center, Bechtel International Center, Black Community Services Center, Student Disability Resource Center, El Centro Chicano, Native American (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Program) Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered (LGBT) Community Resource Center.


For more information, visit us at stanford.edu/admission, write the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Montag Hall, 355 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6106, or call us at (650) 723-2091.

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