Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stanford University is a place of learning, discovery, expression and innovation. Founded in 1885, Stanford’s areas of excellence span seven schools along with research institutes, the arts and athletics. Stanford’s faculty, staff and students work to improve the health and wellbeing of people around the world through the discovery and application of knowledge.
Visitor Information Services
A division of the Stanford University’s Office of Undergraduate Admission, Visitor Information Services at 295 Galvez Street offers maps, information and daily campus tours, except during some academic breaks and holidays. Prospective students can tour and experience Stanford through the Discover Stanford program as well as a variety of specialized tours. Focusing on the prospective student population, the Stanford Visitor Center provides guided campus tours to nearly 100,000 people each year, including general walking tours open to the public twice a day. For tour information, call 650-723-2560, or register at visit.stanford.edu.
Stanford’s Memorial Church was established by Jane Stanford in memory of her husband, Leland Stanford. It was dedicated in 1903 and remains the most prominent architectural feature of the Main Quadrangle. The mosaics covering the interior walls depict scenes from the Hebrew Bible. The stained glass windows depict scenes from the Christian scriptures. The church features the Fisk-Nanney organ, which has 73 ranks and 4,332 pipes. Call 650-723-3469 for docent- led tours.
The 285-foot Hoover Tower was built in 1941 and dedicated as part of Stanford’s 50th anniversary celebration. The observation deck offers views of the Santa Clara Valley and houses a carillon of 48 bells, the largest inscribed “For Peace Alone Do I Ring.” The lobby features exhibitions on such topics as the institution’s founder—Stanford alumnus and US president Herbert Hoover— and collections held at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
This space features static and interactive exhibits highlighting the history of Stanford Athletics and the achievements of student-athletes. Open weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Sundays). Hours on football gamedays vary. Visit gostanford.com/homeofchampions. Admission is free.
The 150-foot diameter radio telescope in the Stanford foothills called the Dish was constructed in the 1960s to probe the scattering properties of the Earth’s ionosphere. It is still in use and is owned by SRI International. More than 600,000 people annually hike the service roads within Stanford’s 315-acre habitat reserve, which also supports academic programs, environmental restoration, and habitat.