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About Stanford

Founded in 1885, Stanford University’s areas of excellence span seven schools along with research institutes, the arts and athletics. The breadth of study offered at Stanford allows our students the freedom to explore their intellectual and personal passions. 

Discover more about Stanford by browsing the topics below, or visiting the Stanford Facts website

History, Mission and Place

Academics, Research, and Patient Care

Faculty, Students & Alumni

Administration & Governance

Stanford is led by a President and Provost, and governed by a Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate. 

Learn more about the university’s governance and organization on these webpages. 


Stanford University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.