Stanford University is one of the world’s leading research and educational institutions. It is located in Palo Alto, California. The main campus is located between San Jose and San Francisco and it has one of the largest overall campuses in the U.S.
Stanford runs on a quarter system from late September through early June and is comprised of approximately 7000 undergraduates and 11,000 graduates. Nearly 90% of undergraduates live on campus, many within theme houses based both on cross-cultural ties and academic pursuits such as: Hammarskjöld (International Themed House), Casa Zapata (Chicano/Latino Theme in Stern Hall), Ujamaa (Black/African-American Themed House in Lagunita Court), Freshman-Sophomore College (Academic Focus), Branner Hall (Community Service), Kimball (Arts & Performing Arts), Crothers (Global Citizenship), Columbae (Social Change Through Nonviolence, since 1970), and Synergy (Exploring Alternatives, since 1972).
Stanford is proud of its heritage and reputation for innovation and diversity, and distinctive culture (contrasted, for example, with the Ivies).
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