Stanford University, founded in 1885, is a private not-for-profit, four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Stanford, California. Leland Stanford, a well-known entrepreneur and politician, and his wife, Jane, lost their only son to typhoid fever at the age of 15. Desiring to leave a legacy for all children in their beloved state of California, they established Stanford University in his memory.
Breaking from tradition, Stanford began as a co-educational and non-denominational institution. Today, the university continues to be at the forefront in research universities and maintains close connections to Silicon Valley. The school is known as a place of creativity, innovation, and discovery.
Distance education programs at Stanford University are supported through Stanford Online. Programs include graduate certificates, professional certificates, and master’s programs that can be earned completely online. Students anywhere in the world can learn from respected experts in their field, at a pace that works for their lives.
Academic programs resulting in degrees and certificates from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level are housed in the following educational divisions:
- Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences
- Humanities and Sciences
Accreditation & Licensing
Stanford University is accredited by:
WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)