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Nourishing the Whole Student

Photo: Anthony Chen, ’25

Residential Education integrates living and learning at Stanford. Nearly all undergraduates live on campus all four years, creating communities where they can express their individuality and find a sense of belonging while learning how to live intentionally with others and build something larger than themselves. ResEd programs complement students’ academic experiences, providing opportunities to build their leadership skills, stretch their intellects, and serve others. When students need support as they navigate college life, ResEd professional staff are there to help.

Stanford’s dozens of on-campus living options include university theme houses that bring together groups of students with shared identities or interests, whether cultural, social, or academic. Some residences are co-ops, where students work together on household tasks. In every residence, students find an inclusive environment full of opportunities to connect with other people.

Photo: Andrew Brodhead

A Lake Full of Memories

Lagunita, located nearby, was created as a reservoir for the Stanfords’ Palo Alto Stock Farm and is now a seasonal wetland. Though the days of boating festivities and huge bonfires before the Big Game have passed, the basin remains a popular spot for classes, student groups, romantics, stargazers, and joggers. Lagunita is also habitat for the threatened California tiger salamander and is being managed for conservation and 

Photo: Micaela Go

Scholars Transcending Boundaries

Graduate students from around the world with varied passions and expertise unite through the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program. Founded in 2016, the program brings together students enrolled in graduate programs in all schools at Stanford to build a community dedicated to gaining multidisciplinary and multicultural perspectives. Their connections begin at Denning House, a dedicated campus space for scholars to interact and learn. These relationships create a lifelong network of leaders prepared to make a long-term global difference. 

Photo: Andrew Brodhead

Spiritual Solace

Windhover, is a modern and calming spiritual space where quiet reflection is encouraged and the use of electronic devices is not permitted. Built in 2014, the center has an outdoor labyrinth and is open to students, faculty, and staff. The Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden, ahead, is a forested gallery developed on-site during an intensive, cross-cultural collaboration in 1994. Some sculptures are reinterpretations of Stanford landmarks.