The Wind of Freedom Blows

Educating the World Since 1891

Stanford opened its doors on Oct. 1, 1891. Some 555 men and women students enrolled in the first year. Stanford’s first president, David Starr Jordan, said to the Pioneer Class: “It is for us as teachers and students in the university’s first year to lay the foundations of a school which may last as long as human civilization...It is hallowed by no traditions; it is hampered by none. Its finger posts all point forward.”

Semesters Starting in September and January


Stanford students come from across the United States and throughout the world, representing diverse perspectives, experiences, backgrounds and cultures. U.S. undergraduate applicants are admitted on a need-blind basis, and the university offers substantial financial aid to help families manage the costs. Once here, Stanford students discover extraordinary freedom of opportunity — to explore, to collaborate and to challenge themselves.