Stanford University

'The wind of freedom blows'

Legal Name
Leland Stanford Junior University
around 1891
Current Place
Stanford, California, United States of America


Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California in northwestern Silicon Valley near Palo Alto. The university was founded in 1885 by Leland Stanford, former governor of and U.S. senator from California and leading railroad tycoon, and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford, in memory of their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid fever two months before his 16th birthday in 1884; it opened on October 1, 1891. The university was established as a coeducational and non-denominational institution. Tuition was free until the 1930s. Following World War II, Provost Frederick Terman supported faculty and graduates' entrepreneurialism to build self-sufficient local industry in what would become known as Silicon Valley. By 1970, Stanford was home to a linear accelerator, and was one of the original four ARPANET nodes. Stanford is currently organized into seven academic schools with a student body of approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 8,900 graduates.

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