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Stanford University

Stanford University

Change the world. And yourself.

Stanford University has changed the world, over and over again.

We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career. 

At Stanford you'll work with bright, diverse, dedicated people. You'll find encouragement to learn and grow. You'll enjoy excellent benefits and an outstanding environment.

Stanford Facts at a Glance

Opened 1891

Student Enrollment

  • Undergraduates: 6,980
  • Graduates: 8,897


  • 8,180 contiguous acres in six governmental jurisdictions
  • Nearly 700 major buildings
  • 97% of undergraduates live on campus


  • 5,300 externally sponsored projects
  • $1.33 billion total budget


  • 2,043 faculty members
  • 21 Nobel laureates are currently members of the Stanford community
  • 5:1 student to faculty ratio

Stanford University is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and persons with disabilities.


Diversity Profile: Stanford University

The diversity and inclusion of students, staff, and faculty at Stanford University are critical to the University’s mission of excellence, as declared by President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy and through their support of a number of key diversity programs and initiatives.

The diversity and inclusion of students, staff, and faculty at Stanford University are critical to the University’s mission of excellence, as declared by President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy and through their support of a number of key diversity programs and initiatives, including the Faculty Development InitiativeWISE VenturesDiversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence; and Leland Scholars, among other recruitment and retention programs for faculty and for students.

Towards building an academic and intellectual community that offers broad perspectives, experiences and cultures that enrich the educational experience, diversity is broadly defined to include members of minority groups, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as from others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical missions. A Stanford Diversity Cabinet that is comprised of vice provosts, senior staff, and faculty oversees diversity initiatives at Stanford and reports annually to the Provost.

Check Stanford’s Diversity Facts here.

Faculty Diversity

The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity (VPFDD) works directly with deans, department chairs and search committees in developing and implementing recruiting and retention strategies of faculty who are underrepresented in their fields, including women in science and engineering. VPFDD offers structured programs as well as individual coaching and consultation services for early career faculty mentoring and to mid-career faculty.  The office also offers leadership development programs for faculty at different career stages, and to those who are in formal leadership positions at Stanford. The office advises and provides resources related to searches, recruitment, dual career and retention of faculty, and facilitates campus-wide conversations about diversity and inclusion in the professoriate, the academic pipeline, and campus climate.

Staff Diversity

The diversity and inclusion of support staff is also key at Stanford. A diverse and inclusive community offers different perspectives, experiences and cultures that enrich the educational experience.

The Diversity and Access Office, in conjunction with University Human Resources, supports those involved in the recruiting process by providing information that will assist hiring managers in developing a diverse search plan and providing strategies for building a broadly diverse candidate pool for current openings.

Work Life

Stanford's commitment to family friendly policies and services is a core to its culture.  The University is committed to hiring and retaining the world’s most accomplished and imaginative teachers and scholars as faculty members. Doing so is integral to fulfilling our research and teaching mission and cannot be done without an equal support to their worklife balance and to their families.  As Provost John Etchemendy describes, “[Our] commitment to excellence means that Stanford must also recognize its obligation to faculty members as people—with personal, as well as professional, aspirations and goals. After all, this university was founded by two loving parents who tragically lost their only child. In their grief, they promised to commit their extraordinary wealth and energy to helping “other people’s” children.

Stanford offers many resources specifically to support faculty members and their families. We know, too, that “family” takes many forms. So we are constantly reviewing the services we offer to best meet the needs of our faculty and of the people with whom they share their lives—spouses, partners, children and adult dependents.

The freedom and ability to pursue a fulfilling personal life in whatever form it takes contribute importantly to a successful academic career. We believe in supporting that aspiration for those who choose to pursue their careers at Stanford University.

A number of worklife programs exist for faculty and staff, including several childcare centers on campus, a backup care program, and links to support services in the bay area.  University policy affords faculty with family responsibilities many benefits with respect to sabbatical leave, junior faculty leaves and extending the tenure clock


  • Staff Groups
  • Faculty Affinity Groups, include African Diaspora, Faculty Women's ForumEmeriti Council
  • Undergraduate Students: Offices, Community Centers and Student Groups - In addition to studying, doing research and preparing for exams, Stanford students are actively involved in many different activities on campus – dancing in the Stanford hip hop dance group, singing with the Talisman a cappella group, tutoring elementary students at local schools. There are approximately 640 organized student groups covering a range of interests:  academic, athletic, ethnic, cultural, and social. Student activities are also coordinated through the four ethnic theme houses and eight community centers on campus
  • Graduate Students: Programs, Organizations, Services and Professional Schools - Stanford University's graduate students come from states across the country and from approximately 87 foreign countries. We recognize that the diversity of our student body enhances the educational experience of all students. Faculty, students, deans and administrators are committed to supporting the diversity of our graduate population and to maintain the diversity in our academic programs, curricula and teaching methods. In addition the University provides services and resources to support our diverse student body and to our students who are involved in different activities.

Non-Discrimination Policies and Resources

The president and provost have delegated responsibilities for the implementation of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs and activities to the Director of the Diversity & Access Office.

The office coordinates and monitors campus compliance with the requirements of federal and state non-discrimination laws including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Executive Order 11,246, California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Unruh Civil Rights Act and VEVRAA.  The Office advises staff, faculty, and visitors regarding disability-related access information and accommodations and is responsible for ensuring Stanford facilities and programs meet federal, state and local laws regarding equal access for individuals with disabilities. 

Stanford complies with the Jeanne Clery Act and publishes crime statistics for the most recent three-year period. View the full report.

Stanford University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


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Hires and Promotions
  • Kathryn Ann Moler

    Vice provost and dean of research

    Date Announced: May 29, 2018
  • Debra Satz

    Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences

    Date Announced: May 21, 2018

Latest announcements from our capital campaign database for Stanford University.

Year Given:
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Research to alleviate poverty
Amount Given: $150,000,000
Type: Gifts

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