Stanford University

Stanford University, one of our country's most esteemed schools, is located in the Bay area, approximately 30 miles from San  Francisco in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. The beautiful 8,000 acre campus is home to almost 7,000 undergraduate and 9,000 graduates who come from all over the world for the challenging academics, beautiful California weather, and the chance to study and interact with an engaged student body and dynamic faculty.

Visitor Information: Tour Stanford

Stay: About a half a mile away from campus, check into the Palo Alto Sheraton. Located three miles from campus, stay at the Rosewood Sand Hill offering luxury accommodations at special rates for Stanford visitors. The Stanford Guest House or Clement Hotel are nice options that are also close to the University. In the heart of downtown, book a room at The Nobu Epiphany Hotel.

Coffee: Enjoy your morning brew at Coupa Cafe located right on campus. Peets, on Campus Drive, serves great coffee along with beautiful views.

Breakfast: Students head to popular Tootsies at the Stanford Barn for their unusual but delicious ricotta pancakes. Grab a seat outdoors and enjoy the beautiful California weather. Crepevine and Joanies are both good options as well.  Start the day off on a healthy note at BARE Bowls,  downtown Palo Alto’s health food eatery specializing in pure açaí bowls with amazing fruit toppings. They also make killer smoothies.

Lunch: Students rave about the burgers, the salads and fries at Gott Burger.  From it's humble origins as a small taco stand at the Farmers Market, Tacolicious has grown into a proper sit-down establishment offering a variety of tequilas and delicious tacos. Head to Pluto’s for their Mozzarella Moon Sandwich. Local Union 271 serves the best grilled cheese and tomato soup.



Casual: In close by Menlo Park, head to Refuge known for their  Fresh-Sliced Ribeye Cheesesteak. Open for lunch or dinner, book a table at Terun for modern Italian fare with a California twist. Serving some of the best Mediterranean food we've had, give Oren's Hummus a try. Located at the Stanford Barn, Vina Enoteca brings the rustic charm of Italy to the Silicon Valley.


A Step Up: Chef Robbie Wilson's Bird Dog, in downtown Palo Alto, focuses on local cuisine. Students say Zola is a "parent favorite." For Greek fare, reserve at Evvia. Flea Street Cafe is located in nearby Menlo Park and offers simple California cuisine. Using hand-selected local produce,Terrain offers a creative menu that almost everyone in your party can enjoy. The chef, Jessie Cool, showcases only local and sustainable ingredients. You will find excellent Vietnamese dishes at Tamarine.

Late Night Snack: Found in Town & Country Village, Tin Pot is a must visit. Try one of the unusual, inventive flavors like Cinnamon Snickerdoodle or Roasted Banana Fudge Ripple. For late night pizza, students head to Pizza My Heart.

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Local Attractions: A must visit, The Cantor Arts Center is open six days a week and features over 200 works by Rodin in their permanent collection. See the Stanford campus from the top of the Hoover Tower Observation Platform. The 285-foot tower is a landmark for students, alumni and the local community. Run or walk The Dish, a scenic 4 mile loop with great views of the school and the San Francisco Bay. The well paved trails are popular with both students and locals from Silicon Valley.

Touring Stanford


You might not know it, but Stanford sports teams are consistently among the best in the nation—Stanford has won the Division I Director’s Cup the last 20 years. It was exciting to follow the men’s soccer team all season long in 2015 culminating in winning the National Championship!
— Theo
Studying with some of the brightest students in the world challenges me to work harder. Stanford offers tons of interesting classes and my professors overall have been stellar. You really can pursue whatever you are passionate about.
— Jordyn
While it’s nice to have Palo Alto nearby for movies, restaurants and shops, it’s not a college town and with the tech bubble it has become quite expensive. Life revolves around campus and I love the proximity to San Francisco.
— Sylvie





The Stanford Tree

School Colors


Acceptance Rate

4.7% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Action



SAT Average


ACT Average



7,000 Undergraduate




Admissions Office

Montag Hall 355 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6106

(p) (650) 723-2091
(f) (650) 723-6050

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Reese Witherspoon
John F. Kennedy
Larry Page
Susan Rice

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