Stanford University

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Stanford University
Leland Stanford Junior University
Motto in English
The wind of freedom blows
Type Private
Established 1891 (1891)
Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne
Provost John Etchemendy
Location Stanford, California, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors Cardinal and white
Nickname Cardinal

Stanford University, officially Leland Stanford Junior University, is a private research university in Stanford, California. The university was founded in 1885 by Leland Stanford, former Governor of and U.S. Senator from California and railroad tycoon, and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford, in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year. Stanford admitted its first students on October 1, 1891[1][2] as a coeducational and non-denominational institution. The university struggled financially after Leland Stanford's 1893 death and again after much of the campus was damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.[3] Following World War II, Provost Frederick Terman supported faculty and graduates' entrepreneurialism to build self-sufficient local industry in what would later be known as Silicon Valley.[4] The rise of Silicon Valley helped Stanford become one of the world's most prestigious universities.

The main campus is in northern Santa Clara Valley adjacent to Palo Alto and between San Jose and San Francisco, though it also has land and facilities elsewhere. Its campus is one of the largest in the United States. There are three academic schools that have both undergraduate and graduate students and another four professional schools. The university is also one of the top fundraising institutions in the country, becoming the first school to raise more than a billion dollars in a year.[5]

Informatics programs

Bioinformatics / Health and clinical informatics

The following bioinformatics and health/clinical informatics options exist for potential students:

B.S. in Biomedical Computation, Informatics Track
"The entire track portion of BMC is composed of nine to ten courses in total" plus "six units of directed research under a faculty member."
Available online? No
Program URL:

Academic M.S. in Biomedical Informatics
45 units, lasting up to two years; "A research project is required for completion of the degree. Trainees are encouraged to participate in one or more research rotations during their first year."
Available online? No
Program URL:

Coterminal M.S. in Biomedical Informatics
45 units; "Undergraduates must complete 120 units before they can apply for the coterminal program," and "not required to perform research rotations or submit a research project, although they are welcome to do so."
Available online? No
Program URL:

Distance Education M.S. in Biomedical Informatics
45 units; "offers the Honors Cooperative Program (HCP), or Professional Masters degree, a part-time, distance education Masters program. The Professional Masters program is for students interested in non-academic careers, however, the program requirements for the degree are identical to those for the Academic Masters program." "Students spend on average of 3.5 years in the program. The program must be completed within five years."
Available online? Yes
Program URL:

Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics
"135 units, of which 90 units must be taken at Stanford"; "The doctoral program is a full-time, residential, research-oriented program. BMI does not offer part-time or distance education leading to the PhD."
Available online? No
Program URL:

Ph.D. Minor in Biomedical Informatics
20 units; "Note that you cannot use any class numbered below 200 to contribute to the 20 units required for the minor."
Available online? No
Program URL:

Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Informatics - Data, Modeling and Analysis
3 courses of 11 to 12 units, with max three years to complete; "All of the coursework is on-line; no time at Stanford is required." "You need to achieve at least a B (3.0) in each Certificate class to continue in the program."
Available online? Yes
Program URL:

See also

Additional external links


  1. "History: Stanford University". Stanford University. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  2. "Chapter 1: The University and the Faculty". Stanford University Faculty Handbook. Stanford University. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  3. "History – Part 2 (The New Century) : Stanford University". Stanford University. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  4. "History – Part 3 (The Rise of Silicon Valley) : Stanford University". Stanford University. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  5. Chea, T. (20 February 2013). "Stanford University is 1st College to raise $1B". The Big Story. Associated Press. Retrieved 23 September 2016.