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Stanford University

450 Serra Mall Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 723-2300

Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions.

Tourists and First Time Visitors

The Stanford campus offers a wealth of sightseeing and educational opportunities. We hope these resources will be helpful as you plan your visit to campus.

Stanford's Campus

Visit our historic Main Quad with its distinct Richardsonian Romanesque and California Mission Revival architecture or see our new Science and Engineering Quad, which beautifully incorporates modern and technological elements with timeless, elegant aesthetics and an abundance of outdoor space.

  • Pick up a self-guided tour map and walk around campus at your leisure, or take a one-hour, student-led Campus Walking Tour at 11am or 3:15pm.
  • See a panoramic view of the area from the Hoover Tower observation platform, 285 feet above Stanford's campus.
  • Enjoy a meal at one of our many campus eateries or dining halls .
  • Stop in at the Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion.

Go on other campus tours :

Art

Art enthusiasts will enjoy touring the galleries at the Cantor Arts Center and the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery , strolling through the Rodin Sculpture Garden , visiting the student art gallery or walking around campus to view our 42 freestanding outdoor sculptures.

History

If you are interested in history, visit the collection on the Stanford family and University history in the Cantor Arts Center or venture out to our Historic Red Barn . Constructed in 1878-79, the Red Barn is one of the few surviving structures on campus that predates the University's establishment and is a Registered Historical Landmark.

Sports

Sports aficionados should visit our premier athletic facilities such as the Avery Aquatic Center , Cobb Track and Angell Field , and our Athletic Hall of Fame .

Outdoor Activities

Have a picnic in the Oval; take a self-guided Outdoor Sculpture Walk , Tree Walk , or Spring Plant Walk ; visit the Mausoleum and Angel of Grief or Cactus Garden ; explore the Stanford Foothills with a hike to The Dish ; walk, bike or run on miles of scenic paths.

Prospective Undergraduates

Considering Stanford University? Come spend a day on The Farm and get a feel for academic and student life.

What to do

  • Participate in our Discover Stanford program (reservations required)
    or take a Campus Walking Tour (reservations not required).
  • Enjoy a meal at one of our many campus eateries or dining halls .
  • Visit a class. Class lists are available at the Undergraduate Admission Office or the Visitor Center shortly after the start of each academic quarter, except summer (class visits are unavailable during reading periods, final exams, holiday recesses or summer session.)
  • Attend a 45-minute question and answer session with current Stanford undergraduates ( Student Forum )

Additional Activities:

  • Visit the Offices of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid to ask general questions.
  • If you do not participate in our Discover Stanford program take a Campus Walking Tour .
    Golf Cart Tours
    are also available by reservation.
  • Pick up a self-guided tour map at the Visitor Center and walk around campus at your leisure.
  • Explore the Cantor Arts Center .
  • Meet with a faculty or staff member in an academic department of interest. (Please make an appointment directly with the department in advance of your visit.)

You should know

When planning your trip, remember your visit to campus is for your informational purposes only. Stanford does not track visitors or conduct on-campus interviews as part of the undergraduate admission process. Prospective students are encouraged to visit on a weekday because most departments, including the Undergraduate Admission Office, are closed on weekends.

Prospective Graduate Students

Stanford University has over 8,000 graduate students pursuing degrees in more than 65 departments and programs. We hope these resources will be helpful as you plan your visit to campus.

What to do

  • Pick up a self-guided tour map and walk around campus at your leisure, or take a one-hour, student-led Campus Walking Tour at 11am or 3:15pm.
  • See a panoramic view of the area from the Hoover Tower Observation Platform, 285 feet above Stanford's campus.
  • Enjoy a meal at one of our many campus eateries or dining halls .

Housing Offices and Graduate Resources :

Additional Activities:

Graduate Programs and Admission

Requirements for admission vary greatly among departments and programs, and some are more equipped than others to meet with drop-in prospective graduate students. Therefore, we encourage visitors to consult the Web sites of the department, program, or school of interest to find out more about applying to specific departments prior to visiting.

Graduate Admissions in the Office of the Registrar provides application information and materials for nearly all graduate degree programs . See Graduate Admissions or call (650) 723-4291. Also:

Large Groups

The Stanford University campus offers a wealth of sightseeing and educational opportunities for groups, whether sponsored by a school, private tour company or non-profit agency. The campus is always open to visitors, and groups can move around the public areas freely. If you intend to visit any specific departments or attractions or take a student-led campus tour, you must plan ahead.

Groups arriving in buses are encouraged to print out a Bus Parking & Loading Map (PDF) showing bus drop-off and parking areas. This will facilitate more efficient passenger drop-off and pick-up so you can arrive on time for any scheduled events.

Possible Activities for a Group's Day on “The Farm"

Arranging a Group Tour

To arrange a tour, please review our Group Tours section for policies, rates, and contact information. Once you have arranged a tour time, our Private Tour Coordinator can suggest how best to coordinate the tour with other activities. If no private tour is available, you can pick up self-guided tour maps at the Visitor Center .

Exploring Campus

Maps

Stanford is easily accessible from throughout the San Francisco Bay area, including San Francisco, Berkeley, and San Jose. We encourage you to download and print both the Parking and Circulation Map (PDF) and the Visitor Map (PDF) and bring them with you.

Campus Maps

Transportation Maps

Area Maps

If you are using a maps Web site to plan your route, the easiest way to locate Stanford is to enter our zip code 94305

Directions

The following driving directions are to the Stanford Visitor Center.

From Highway 101 North & South

Exit onto Embarcadero Road and travel west, following the signs directing you to Stanford University. About three miles after you exit the freeway, Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street as you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road.

From Highway 280 North & South

Exit onto Sand Hill Road and follow the signs for Stanford University. Heading east, drive approximately 3 miles to the Stanford Shopping Center. Turn right onto Arboretum Road (Nordstrom is on your right). Stay on Arboretum until it ends, then turn right onto Galvez Street. Move to the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road.

Parking

The Visitor Center Lot (L-95 on the campus map) is located on Galvez Street between Nelson Road & Campus Drive, near the Stanford Stadium. If the Visitor Center Lot is full (possible in the afternoon), purchase a permit at the Visitor Center Lot and drive to the Varsity Lot at the end of Nelson Road, behind the stadium. (*See additional important instructions below.) Permits are required in both lots. If you park in the Varsity Lot, you must first purchase a permit at the Visitor Center Lot.

Upon entering the Visitor Center Lot, turn right. The parking permit vending machine is located near the Stanford Athletics Store. Purchase a parking permit and display on your dashboard. The vending machine accepts credit cards, bills, or coins. You should allow at least three hours. Parking is free after 4 PM. Please note that the parking lots are monitored regularly and violations are expensive.

Park only in spaces designated "P" or "E". (Do not park in spaces with only a "C" sign.) "E" parking is located at the left end of the lot, along Nelson Road across from the stadium.

The Visitor Center is located at 295 Galvez Street at Campus Drive, adjacent to the parking lot and Athletics Store.

Important Instructions

*If the Visitor Center Lot is full, overflow parking is available in the Varsity Lot, behind the stadium at the end of Nelson Road. (See 12-E on the campus map.) Park only in spaces marked with an "E" or a "P" sign or at the meters, and be sure to display your permit, which can be purchased only at the Visitor Center Lot. (Permits are valid at the meters, even beyond the 2-hour time limit.)

 

 

 

 

 


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