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Stanford University

The Leland Stanford Junior University , commonly referred to as Stanford University or Stanford , is a [private research university] located in [Stanford] , [California] , United States, in [Silicon Valley] . The university was founded in [1891] by [Leland Stanford] . Its alumni have founded the companies [Hewlett-Packard] , [Electronic Arts] , [Sun Microsystems] , [Nvidia] , [Yahoo!] , [Cisco Systems] , [Silicon Graphics] , and [Google] .

Stanford enrolls approximately 6,800 undergraduate and 8,300 graduate students from the United States and around the world. The university is divided into a number of schools, including the [Stanford Business School] , [Stanford Law School] , [Stanford School of Medicine] , and [Stanford School of Engineering] .

Stanford is ranked second among world universities by the [Academic Ranking of World Universities] , and its undergraduate program is currently ranked fourth in the nation by [U.S. News & World Report] .

The university's assets include a US$12.6 billion endowment, the third largest of any academic institution.

Stanford's athletic program has won the [NACDA Directors' Cup] each of the past fifteen years. One of two private universities to compete in the [Pacific-10 Conference] , Stanford maintains its main athletic rivalry with [Cal] .

History
Origins
Stanford was founded by [Leland Stanford] , a [railroad] magnate, [United States Senator] , and former [California Governor] , and his wife, [Jane Stanford] . It is named in honor of their only child, [Leland Stanford, Jr.] , who died in 1884 just before his 16th birthday. His parents decided to dedicate a university to their only son, and Leland Stanford told his wife, "The children of California shall be our children."

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