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Stanford is a city (technically an “unincorprate area”) in the county of Santa Clara, in the state of California, just south of the San Francisco Bay Area and adjacent to Palo Alto. It has a year round population of roughly 14,000 but is located within a larger metropolitan area with millions of residents. Even though only 14,000 people live in Standford, over a 35,000 people commute into Stanford on a daily basis.

Stanford is recognized for Stanford University, one of America’s premier private research universities and top ranked Ivy League school. It is located almost entirely in the CDP of Stanford. Only Stanford’s on-campus shopping center and medical center run into Palo Alto. There are severl on-campus and off-campus housing options for Stanford students including single-family housing, the graduate student villages, and residential neighborhoods and apartments adject to campus. Given the high cost of livind in Stanford, Palo Alto and the surrounding areas, most students live on campus.

Stanford University is the only four-year college and higher education institution located within the census-designated area of Stanford, California.


Stanford University
355 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6106
main phone: (650) 723-2300
admission phone: (650) 723-2091
admission fax: (650) 723-6050
Stanford University has a total enrollment of 16,700+ students and offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral and First Professional degree programs.


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