For Future Steve Jobs
Are you the type of person who looks at their iPod and says, "I could have done that." As a Stanford University student, you wouldn't be alone. Stanford, founded in 1891, and located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, has graduated some of the most illustrious academic, business, political, and athletic leaders of all time, including the founders of Google, Yahoo!, and the CEO of Microsoft.
Exercising an Influence on Behalf of Humanity and Civilization
In the Founding Grant, Jane and Leland Stanford stated the University's mission: to prepare students "for personal success and direct usefulness in life" and to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." More than 118 years later, as stated by University President John Hennessy, "Stanford University remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing our students for leadership in today's complex world."
With an approximate 6.4 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio, Stanford places a strong emphasis on interfacing with faculty. Stanford has three undergraduate degrees—Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sciences, and Bachelor of Arts and Sciences—each created, according to the school website, "to achieve balance between depth of knowledge acquired through specialization and breadth of knowledge gained through exploration."
Several National Research Centers
The fusion of teaching and research is fundamental to the University. All Stanford faculty do academic research, generally in alliance with grad students or advanced undergrads. Stanford is known for its multidisciplinary research within its schools and departments, as well as its independent laboratories, centers, and institutes. Several national research centers are located at Stanford, including the Department of Plant Biology in the Carnegie Institution of Washington and the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Stanford's Office of Technology Licensing brings technology created at Stanford to market. According to the Stanford website, in 2007-08, "Stanford received more than $62.5 million in gross royalty revenue from 344 technologies. Thirty-six of the 344 inventions generated $100,000 or more in royalties. Three inventions generated $1 million or more."
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