The Dish at Stanford University is a steerable radio telescope used for satellite calibrations, spacecraft command and telemetry, and radio astronomy measurements.
Measuring approximately 150 feet (or 46 meters) in diameter, the steel and aluminum parabolic antenna was built in the early 1960s by the Stanford Research Institute with funding from the US Air Force to probe the scattering properties of Earth’s ionosphere.
Located in the Stanford foothills south of the campus, the trails around The Dish are popular with hikers and joggers.
Stanford University’s Hoover Tower observation platform is open to the public, as are the exhibits of US President Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry Hoover in the tower lobby.
An elevator carries visitors to the 14th floor, where there is a 48-bell carillon and the observation platform with 360-degree views out over the Stanford campus.
Except during academic holidays, finals, and Cardinal home games, the Hoover Tower is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, with the last ticket sold at 3:30 pm. Stanford University students, employees and retirees with a current Stanford ID card can visit the tower for free and bring up to 5 guests. Backpacks, large bags, strollers and skateboards are not allowed on the platform.
Stanford University is nicknamed The Farm because it was founded by Leland and Jane Stanford on the land of their Palo Alto stock farm.
When the Stanfords’ only child, Leland Stanford Junior, died of typhoid fever at the age 15 years in 1884, they established the university in his memory. The Founding Grant of Endowment from the Stanfords was issued in November 1885, with stipulations that included provision of equal opportunities and facilities for both sexes, and a requirement to maintain a farm on the estate for instruction in agriculture.
Leland Stanford Junior University opened in 1891 with 465 students enrolled.
Stanford University has the following varsity sports teams, which compete as the Stanford Cardinal:
Women's Sports Men's Sports
Beach volleyball Basketball
Cross country Cross country
Soccer Swimming & diving
Swimming & diving Track and field
Tennis Water polo
Track and field
From the end of the 2020-21 academic year, Stanford eliminated 11 of its varsity sports programs: men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling.
Stanford also has over 30 club sports, including rugby, ice hockey, triathlon, and taekwondo.
All of Stanford’s residence halls are co-ed. In some houses, men and women live on separate floors, while in others they are on the same floor, and there are some houses that offer both options.
Roth is a self-operated house on the Row and is the only all-female, non-Greek house on the Stanford campus.