Stanford University

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Stanford University
City: Stanford, California
Type: Private
Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, rowing, rowing ltw, sailing, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, sync swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, wresting[1]
Colors: red, white
Mascot: Stanford Tree (Cardinal)[2]
Endowment: $27.7 billion (as of 6/30/19)[3]

Stanford University, in the town of Stanford and the city of Palo Alto, California, is a private university in the United States. It was founded in 1891 by the gift of the successful businessman Leland Stanford (1824-1893), a former governor of California, on the site of his country estate.[4]

Stanford is one of the world's leading research institutions, with top professors and researchers in the fields of physics, medicine, engineering, and the natural sciences.[5]

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education ranked Stanford as the worst college in the country on the issue of freedom of speech.[6][7] Additional criticism of Stanford for its liberal policies include Stanford's:

  • expelling a doctoral student from its program because he told the truth about mandatory abortion in China
  • Banning of all ROTC programs because they allegedly discriminate against homosexuals.

1971 Stanford Prison Experiment

In August 1971, psychology professor Philip Zimbardo led an experiment into the behaviours of guards and prisoners, it was criticized for being unethical.


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