In 1885, Stanford University was founded in California as a coeducational and non-denominational institution. Today, it is one of the world’s leading research universities, with an undergraduate population of over 7,000 students.
Stanford University is a private, not-for-profit research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth and proximity to Silicon Valley.
In fact, Stanford University is located in Palo Alto, California – just south of San Francisco, on the San Francisco Peninsula. The campus is situated along scenic El Camino Real (the Royal Highway), which runs through the Peninsula from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The University overlooks the San Francisco Bay and has several other campuses in various locations throughout California and beyond.
The main campus is situated around a series of quadrangles that contain some of the most beautiful buildings and gardens on campus. The Quad was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (who also designed Central Park in New York City).
The Hoover Tower is named after Herbert Hoover (1874–1964), who served as President of the United States from 1929 until 1933 during the Great Depression years. It was built in 1941 as an engineering library but later changed into a clock tower after much debate over what kind of structure should be erected at its location on central campus near Palm Drive.