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: Located three miles from campus, check in to 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 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.

Dinner

 

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. Chef Patrick Kelly dishes up a seasonal menu at Lure and Till.

 

A Step Up: Chef Robbie Wilson's Bird Dog, a recent arrival 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. 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.

— QUOTES FROM CAMPUS —

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

STANFORD FAST FACTS

Established

1885

Mascot

The Stanford Tree

School Colors

Cardinal

Acceptance Rate

4.7% (2016)

Common Application

Yes

Supplement Essays

Yes

Early Action/Decision

Early Action

Type

Private

Size

Medium

Website

stanford.edu

Region

West
West

Admissions Office

Montag Hall 355 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6106

(p) (650) 723-2091
(f) (650) 723-6050
admission@stanford.edu

Colleen Lim, Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life

Yes

Noteworthy Alumni

Reese Witherspoon
John F. Kennedy
Larry Page
Susan Rice

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