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Stanford University

Leland Stanford Junior University, located in Palo Alto, California, is commonly known as just Stanford University and is one of the world’s most elite academic institutions. Opening in Oct 1891, the university covers an area of 8,180 acres in the eastern foothills of the Coast Range near San Francisco Bay. The classrooms and offices are designed in early-California style with classic Spanish tile roofing. The renovated Stanford Memorial Church stands at its center. Stanford University is named in honoer of the son of former California Governor, Leland Stanford. The younger Stanford died at the age of 15, from typhoid fever. Leland, Sr. and his wife, Jane, devoted their lives and services to the development of the university – to use their wealth on “other people’s” children. A California Coast Redwood called “El Palo Alto,” or "the high tree" in Spanish, is the university’s symbol and the centerpiece of its official seal. For more than a century, Stanford University has placed a wealth of opportunities within reach of its students on the beautiful campus. The university conducts undergraduate degrees in three schools at Stanford – the School of Humanities and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of Earth Sciences. Graduate programs in Business, Education, Law, and Medicine are conducted at the other four schools in the university. As a major research university, Stanford offers excellent services from a well-qualified faculty. Stanford University's Ph.D. programs and faculty are ranked as one of the best in the world. The undergraduate program at the university is also highly rated and often tops the list of rankings. Stanford University has a reputation of having a number of unique campus libraries. It is commonly called Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, or simply SULAIR. Among the 16 different libraries, the Art & Architecture Library, the Auxiliary Library and the Biology Library are famous and rich in materials for the respective areas. SULAIR offers a wide range of online resource access, which in turn helps off-campus researchers. The athletic department of the university has acquired the status as one of the best all-around sports programs in Division I of the NCAA. Very few athletic departments in the country can boast the kind of success that Stanford University has accomplished since the 1980s. Stanford's 10th president, John L. Hennessy, opined that the Stanford motto, “The wind of freedom blows,” is an invitation to free and open inquiry in the pursuit of teaching and research. The greatest privilege of the university is the freedom of scholarly inquiry granted to faculty and students, according to the President.