- Ranked 4 THE World University Rankings 2013-2014
- Ranked 7 QS World University Rankings 2013
- Ranked 4 THE World University Rankings 2014-2015
- Ranked 7 QS World University Rankings 2014
- Ranked 3 QS World University Rankings 2015
- Ranked 3 THE World University Rankings 2015-2016
- Ranked 2 QS World University Rankings 2018
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About Stanford University
Stanford is a thriving residential campus and community sitting on 8,000 acres of foothills and flatlands – once a horse farm belonging to Jane and Leland Stanford and still fondly known as "the Farm." Living at Stanford brings surprises and new experiences every day, in an extraordinary community of creative and accomplished people from around the world.
Stanford is easily accessible from throughout the San Francisco Bay area, including San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Jose. The local transit hub for bus and train services at Stanford is the Palo Alto Caltrain Station, located near the main entrance to campus near the intersections of Palm Drive, University Avenue, and El Camino Real. The Stanford Marguerite Shuttle, the University’s free shuttle bus, operates several routes.
If you are traveling from San Francisco or San Jose, Caltrain is the most convenient option. A one-way trip from San Francisco takes approximately one hour and costs about $5.75; a one-way trip from San Jose takes approximately 40 minutes and costs about $4.00.
Caltrain also connects with stations and shuttles serving the San Francisco and San Jose International Airports.
Eighty-nine percent of undergraduate students live in on-campus university housing. First-year students are required to live on campus, and all undergraduates are guaranteed housing for all four undergraduate years. At any time, around 50 percent of the graduate population lives on campus.
Most residences are co-ed; seven are all-male fraternities, three are all-female sororities, and there is also one all-female non-sorority house.