Stanford University, located on an 8,000 acre campus in Palo Alto, was founded in 1885 by California Senator Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane. Today, nearly 20,000 graduate and undergraduate students are taught by 2,000 faculty across seven schools: business, earth sciences, education, engineering, humanities and sciences, law and medicine. Its continuing education program offers approximately 450 courses annually and sponsors 40-50 free public performances, workshops and lectures. The pre-collegiate studies program serves more than 3,200 academically talented middle and high school students from around the world through online and summer classes.
Research is a core university priority with more than 5,500 externally sponsored projects that cross schools and disciplines. Eighteen independent laboratories, centers and institutes engage faculty and their students in projects that range from international and economic policy to projects solving problems facing the environment, energy and health care system.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has made dozens of grants to Stanford across each of our program areas. Funding ranges from support for individual researchers, efforts to establish a new programs and departments, such as global ecology, and geotagging projects to study marine life and predators.