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A Societal Mission

Stanford was founded almost 150 years ago on a bedrock of societal purpose. Our mission is to contribute to the world by educating students for lives of leadership and contribution with integrity; advancing fundamental knowledge and cultivating creativity; leading in pioneering research for effective clinical therapies; and accelerating solutions and amplifying their impact.

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Campus News

Stories about people, research, and innovation across the Farm

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Preparing students to make meaningful contributions to society as engaged citizens and leaders in a complex world

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Undergraduate Education

Rich learning experiences that provide a broad liberal arts foundation and deep subject-area expertise

Graduate Education

Unsurpassed opportunities to participate in the advancement of entire fields of knowledge

Driving impact

Continuing adult education, executive and professional programs, and programs for K-12 students

Seven schools in which to pursue your passions

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Profile of Hawa Racine Thiam

“Before coming to Stanford, I was thinking in terms of understanding. Now I feel that I can start thinking in terms of creating.”

Hawa Racine Thiam

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering



Driving discoveries vital to our world, our health, and our intellectual life

15 Institutes cross disciplinary boundaries
20 Libraries hold over 12 million items
$1.98 Billion sponsored research budget
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Health Care

Advancing human health through innovative research, education, and care

Stanford Medicine

Leading a worldwide revolution in precision health through biomedical research, education, and clinical enterprises

Stanford Health Care

Leveraging expertise and advanced technology  to deliver unparalleled care for each patient’s unique needs

Stanford Children’s Health

The only health care network in the Bay Area – and one of the few in the country – exclusively dedicated to pediatric and obstetric care

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Profile of Meet Nadia Hemmat

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“Getting into Stanford was just such an amazing shock. But once I got here and became so involved, got to meet all these wonderful people, I feel like I fit right in — and like I belonged here the whole time.”

Meet Nadia Hemmat

Class of 2023


Campus Life

Building a vibrant community of creative and accomplished people from around the world

Student Life

A residential campus with diverse housing, exceptional dining, and over 600 student organizations

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Arts & Culture

A rich tradition of fostering creativity and a vibrant arts district on campus

Recreation & Wellness

State-of-the-art facilities and fitness programs to encourage movement and play

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Providing student-athletes the opportunity to achieve excellence both in competition and in the classroom

Stanford Men's Gymnastics celebrates a third consecutive NCAA championship

Home of Champions

Stanford’s 136 NCAA championships are the most for any university, a product of an unrivaled culture of excellence and continued support from the campus community

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Olympic Excellence

The Cardinal has produced at least one medalist in every Olympics in which the U.S. has competed since 1912, totaling 296 medals from 177 medalists

Multidimensional Impact

Stanford student-athletes have achieved local, national, and global impact through community involvement and advocacy

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Offering extraordinary freedom to explore, to collaborate, and to challenge yourself

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Explore the possibilities of a Stanford education as you map out your college journey.

We look for distinctive students who exhibit an abundance of energy and curiosity in their classes, activities, projects, research, and lives.

Stanford meets the full financial need of every admitted undergrad who qualifies for assistance.

More than two-thirds of undergrads receive some form of financial assistance. Generally, tuition is covered for families with incomes below $150,000.

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