• Stanford University

Built in 1891 in honor of Leland Stanford, Jr., Stanford University, which covers over 8,000 acres, is centered on the "quad," an expansive complex of classrooms and offices.

Stanford University is one of the world's top academic institutions with a history of being untraditional, non-denominational, and dedicated to molding students who are not only cultured but ready to contribute to society in the highest possible manner.

Stanford is also highly-regarded for its world-class medical center, which includes Stanford Hospital, as well as its fine athletics program.

Palo Alto, California Hotel near Stanford University

Enjoy a first-rate lodging experience at the Cardinal Hotel. Our 100% smoke-free, historic Palo Alto, California hotel invites business and leisure travelers to experience well-appointed guestrooms and suites, personal service, and delightful amenities. A convenient location puts guests within easy reach of many fine places of interest, including Stanford University.

Stanford University Education

For more than a century, Stanford University has been a beacon of educational opportunity in the San Francisco Bay Area. Known worldwide for its ultra-high academic standards, the school is divided into seven schools.

These include the School of Engineering, School of Education, School of Earth Sciences, Law School, Graduate School of Business, School of Medicine, and School of Humanities and Sciences. For more information, visit www.stanford.edu

Stanford Athletics

Sports are prevalent at Stanford for both men and women. Team sports include football, baseball, basketball, swimming, tennis, and golf. Success in athletics has been in no short supply as the university has taken home 70 NCAA team championships during the past three decades. Since 1990, Cardinal athletes have shined brightly in the Olympics, as they have won more 40 medals. For more information, visit www.gostanford.com

Stanford School of Medicine

A respected medical institution, the Stanford School of Medicine is known for its innovations in research, patient care, and education. Research laboratories and patient-care settings are bridged by the stellar staff, faculty, and students who are focused on the singular goal of treating and preventing disease.

Stanford Hospital & Clinics boast state-of-the-art care in a wide spectrum of areas, everything from cardiovascular medicine and cancer diagnosis and treatment to organ transplantation to neurology and neurosurgery. http://stanfordhospital.org

Stanford University Attractions

In addition to its phenomenal educational facility, Stanford University draws many locals and out-of-towners to its wealth of attractions. The Cantor Arts Center is a repository of Rodin's bronze sculptures while the Rodin Sculpture Garden, located right next door, features many more stunning examples of his unique work.

Part of the Hoover Institution, the Hoover Tower provides a nearly 300-foot-high observation deck. Enjoy fabulous views of both the Stanford University campus and the expansive Bay Area. For more information, visit www.stanford.edu

Stanford Shopping Center

Upscale shopping abounds at Stanford Shopping Center. Exquisite retailers range from Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, and Brooks Brothers to Louis Vuitton, Williams-Sonoma, and Polo By Ralph Lauren. Exceptional restaurants include P.F. Chang's China Bistro, California Pizza Kitchen, and Max's Opera Café. Beautiful gardens and superb sculptures created by local artists round out this well-rounded destination. www.stanfordshop.com