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Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305

In 2010, Stanford Law School was ranked number three in the nation behind Harvard and Yale and has been ranked in theMore top three by U.S. News & World Report since 1992. With its world-renowned faculty and the smallest class sizes among the top 25 ranked schools, Stanford Law continues to thrive each year.

Though Stanford offered law classes since 1893, just one year after the University's founding, the school's Board of Trustees did not create an actual "law school" until 1908. Then-future President Benjamin Harrison and Nathan Abbott were the first two law professors. At the time, the law department enrolled many students who might not have been welcome at more traditional law schools at the time, including women and Hispanic, Chinese and Japanese students. Today, Stanford Law School enrolls a higher percentage of minority students than any of its peer schools.

In 1966, the law school began its first joint degree program with the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Since its inception, the law school has strived towards interdisciplinary education, working with graduate schools throughout the university to develop cooperative learning and joint degree programs.

To provide experiential learning, the law school has developed a state–of–the art clinical program offering students opportunities to work with actual clients. The first of these clinics was the East Palo Alto Community Law Project, organized by a group of Stanford Law School students, which opened its doors in 1984.

Students can now choose from 25 formal degrees in fields ranging from economics and public policy to bioengineering. Stanford is particularly known for its prestigious Intellectual Property program.

Notable alumni include William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O'Connor and Warren Christopher. 

Stanford University
450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Ranked second among world universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities and ranked fourth nationallyMore according to the U.S. News & World Report, Stanford University features a renowned education that boasts some of the world's pre-eminent scholars and leaders, a distinguished arts programs and an athletic division that continues to flourish in the NCAA and Pac-10 Conference.


Back in 1891, railroad tycoon Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane Stanford, established the University to honor their only son, Leland Stanford, Jr., after he died in 1884. Formally named Leland Stanford Junior University, the institution is more commonly referred to as Stanford University. Sprawling over 8,100 acres, the University resides on the location of what used to be the Stanfords' horse farm, where the nickname "The Farm" still endures today. Dedicated to providing an education to all who wished to pursue it, tuition was absolutely free until the 1930s. Today, tuition without financial aid averages $37,380. Required fees are $501, and Room and Board costs $11,463. The motto of Stanford University, selected by President David Starr Jordan in the 1910s, is "Die Luft der Freiheit weht." The German quote from Ulrich von Hutten translates to, "The wind of freedom blows."

Stanford has seven schools: Humanities & Sciences, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Business, Education, Law and Medicine, of which the first three offer both undergraduate and graduate programs, and the last four offer just graduate programs.

With more than 650 student organizations from the Ramshead Theatrical Society to Japanese Taiko drumming to Students for a Sustainable Stanford, the University has a group for every student interest. The arts scene is pulsating with more than 1000 events each month.

Known for its athletic prowess, Stanford University has won the NACDA Director's Cup for the past 16 years, an award given to the top ranked collegiate athletic program. Stanford students compete in 35 varsity sports and 20 club sports and have won 99 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) team titles (second behind UCLA) and 421 individual NCAA championships (the most of any school) since its inception.

On the second largest campus in the world (behind the University of Moscow), Stanford is one of the few universities that offers a guaranteed four years of on-campus housing to undergraduates, plus ample housing to graduate students. By housing the majority of its students on campus, students feel connected to the campus and spend the majority of their day—from attending class to mealtimes to the night scene—on campus.

Stanford also considers itself part of the international community and offers the Bing Overseas Program. It currently offers programs in eleven locations around the world: Australia, Beijing, Berlin, Cape Town, Florence, Kyoto, Madrid, Moscow, Oxford, Paris and Santiago. 

Its notable alumni include celebrities, professional athletes, 16 Nobel Prize laureates and founders of companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Yahoo!, Google, Nike and Gap. 

Stanford University School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Dr, Stanford, CA 94305

The Stanford School of Medicine is a premiere research medical school that combines innovation with research andMore science to lead the medical field in patient care. In conjunction with several other preeminent departments at Stanford University, the School of Medicine has access to cutting edge work done by researchers in other fields. The school offers M.D., Ph.D., master's, multiple-degree and primary care associate programs.

In the 2011 US News & World Reportrankings, Stanford was ranked 11th in the nation, down from sixth in 2010. Stanford's acceptance rate is the second lowest in the country at 2.6 percent (behind the Mayo Medical School, which only accepts 2.5 percent of applicants).

  • 1956 - First use in Western hemisphere of linear accelerator to treat cancer
  • 1960 - First kidney transplant in California
  • 1968 - First adult human heart transplant in the United States
  • 1974 - Isolation of genome of a virus that causes hepatitis B and a common form of liver cancer
  • 1979 - Discovery of dynorphin, a brain chemical 200 times more powerful than morphine
  • 1981 - First successful human combined heart/lung transplant in the world (fourth attempted worldwide)
  • 1993 - First clinical trial testing methods for preventing eating disorders in adolescents
  • 2005 - Discovery of obestatin, a hormone that suppresses appetite

Originally the Cooper Medical College in San Francisco, Stanford is the oldest continuously running medical school in the western United States. The medical school moved to the Stanford Campus in 1959.

Medical students receive a variety of hospital sites where they can gain diverse experiences. Stanford has formal affiliations with Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and the Palo Alto VA. Stanford medical students also manage two free clinics: Arbor Free Clinic in Menlo Park and Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose.

Notable alumni include:

  • William Brody - President of the Salk Institute and former President of The Johns Hopkins University
  • Amy Chow - Olympic gold medalist
  • David A. Wood - President of the American Cancer Society, first director of the UCSF Cancer Research Institute
  • William Frist - Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellow; United States Senator, former presidential candidate
  • Milt McColl - Former NFL linebacker
  • James Mongan - CEO of Partners HealthCare (MGH and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School)
  • Scott Parazynski - NASA Astronaut, veteran of 5 Space Shuttle missions
  • Belding Scribner - Professor, University of Washington, inventor of the Scribner Shunt
  • Irving Weissman - Leading Stem Cell Biologist. Founder of Systemix and Stem Cells Inc.
  • Augustus White - Surgeon-in-Chief at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Ray Lyman Wilbur - President of American Medical Association, President of Stanford (1916-1943), personal physician of President Harding
Hoover Institution
434 Galvez Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Founded in 1959 under then-future president Herbert Hoover, the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace is aMore Stanford University public policy research center that promotes the study of politics, economics and international affairs. Its world-renowned diverse group of scholars and esteemed programs contribute to the "world marketplace of ideas defining a free society." The institution's overall mission is to discourage war-making, and instead preserve peace, through the study and analysis of previous records and experiences of America abroad and at home. Part of the institution is the signature Hoover Tower that represents the its devotion to rigorous academic research and a constant push for fresh, innovative ideas. Recent, notable, and controversial fellows include Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld. 
Stanford Graduate School of Business
518 Memorial Way, Stanford, CA 94305

The Stanford Graduate School of Business has become an institution that cultivates and prepares global leaders andMore thinkers for the world economy and community. US News & World Report ranked it the number-one business school, tied with Harvard. Since it was founded in 1925, the school has constantly innovated its curriculum and produced cutting-edge research. It has a distinguished faculty, including three Nobel laureates. The school's management education has gained a reputation that rivals longer-established schools on the East Coast. Stanford has highest selectivity, GMAT, recruiter scores and starting salaries among all schools.

Back in 1924, then future president Herbert Hoover wanted to create a business school to keep bright undergraduate students in Stanford rather than having them leave to pursue business degrees on the opposite coast.

During the past decades, the school has created numerous centers—such as the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Center for Global Business—to expand the rapidly growing education curriculum. This includes an entirely new campus. In 2008, Nike Inc. founder Philip Knight donated $105 million—the largest donation to a business school. $100 million is earmarked for the new 360,000-square-foot campus, which will be named the Knight Management Center.

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