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The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford, is an American private research university located in Stanford, California on an 8,180-acre (3,310 ha) campus near Palo Alto.It is situated in the northwestern Silicon Valley, approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of San Jose and 37 miles (60 km) southeast of San Francisco.Today, Stanford stands as one of the most prestigious universities in the United States and the world.
 
The university is organized into seven schools, including academic schools of Humanities and Sciences and Earth Sciences as well as professional schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Law, and Medicine. Stanford has a student body of approximately 6,988 undergraduate and 8,400 graduate students.Stanford is a founding member of the Association of American Universities. For the 2011–2012 year, the university managed a US$16.5 billion endowment, with $25.1 billion in consolidated net assets.
 
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Stanford University is a large, highly residential research university with a majority of enrollments coming from graduate and professional students.The full-time, four-year undergraduate program is classified as "more selective, lower transfer-in" and has an arts and sciences focus with high graduate student coexistence.Stanford University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.Full-time undergraduate tuition was $38,700 for 2010-2011.
 
The schools of Humanities and Sciences (27 departments), Engineering (9 departments), and Earth Sciences (4 departments) have both graduate and undergraduate programs while the schools of Law, Medicine, and Education and the Graduate School of Business have graduate programs only.Stanford follows a quarter system with Autumn quarter usually starting in late September and Spring Quarter ending in early June.

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