Stanford University Photo Tour of Student Life Facilities

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Stanford University Photo Tour

Main Quad at Stanford University
Main Quad at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Our first photo tour of Standford University explored the school's academic buildings, libraries, and research centers. In this photo tour, you'll see many of the student life facilities and non-academic features of the prestigious university.

We begin with the Main Quad, home to the twelve original buildings of Stanford as well as Memorial Churchhttp://collegeapps.about.com/od/phototours/ss/Stanford-University-Photo-Tour.htm#step2. The main quad is also the site of the “Big Game” rally against the Cal, the University of California Berkeley.

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Rodin's Burghers de Calais at Stanford University

Rodin's Burghers de Calais at Stanford University
Rodin's Burghers de Calais at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Designed by Auguste Rodin, the Burghers de Calais statues mark the entrance to the Main Quad. The piece consists of six individual figures, which were sculpted between 1894 and 1895. The piece remains one of the Rodin’s most popular sculptures. Other works by Rodin are on display at the Cantor Arts Center in the Rodin Sculpture Garden. 

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The Oval at Stanford University

The Oval at Stanford University
The Oval at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

The Oval is considered the official entrance to Stanford. The Oval represents the academic image of Stanford, as it points directly to the school’s various departments and academic buildings. The space is open to the general public, and such activities like walking, jogging, Frisbee, and limited recreation are permitted on the lawn. 

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Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University

Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University
Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Bing Concert Hall is located across from Cantor Arts Center, at the gateway to campus. The concert hall holds over 800 seats, all surrounding the main center stage. It is set to be Stanford’s main symphonic performance venue. The building is set to open early Fall 2013. 

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Greek Life at Stanford University

Greek Life at Stanford University - Sigma Nu
Greek Life at Stanford University - Sigma Nu. Marisa Benjamin

Stanford Greek life has been active since 1891. Today there are over 29 Greek organizations on campus, representing 13% of undergraduates. Stanford is home to seven housed fraternities: Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Kappa Sigma, Kappa Alpha, Theta Delta Chi, Sigma Nu, and Phi Kappa Psi, and three housed sororities: Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, and Delta Delta Delta. 

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The Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation at Stanford University

The Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation at Stanford University
The Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Opened in 2006, Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation is a 75,000 sq. ft. recreation facility for students, alumni and faculty. Arrillaga features a fitness room with weight machines and cardio equipment, the Whiting Family Climbing Wall, squash courts, basketball courts, and a 3,600 sq. ft. yoga studio. The facility is also home to the Fencing Center, which is home to Stanford’s Fencing team. 

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The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

The Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts is an art museum located west of Oval Park. The building, formerly known as the Stanford Musuem, was built in 1894. The Cantor Arts Center is most known for its collection of Auguste Rodine sculptures, totaling over 400 in the Rodin Sculpture Garden. The Center also houses over 500 works of African, Native American, Oceanic, Mesoamerican art. Admission to the gallery is free. 

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Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University

Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University
Arrillaga Alumni Center at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

The Arrillaga Alumni Center is a 30,000 sq. ft. facility that acts as the headquarters for Stanford’s Alumni Association. The Alumni Center is home to Bing Library, which features a collection of historic Stanford books by alumni authors. The Munzer Business Center features conference rooms, computers, photocopiers, fax machines, and printers for alumni use. The Alumni Café is open to students, faculty, and alumni seven days a week.   

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Old Union at Stanford University

Old Union at Stanford University
Old Union at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Built in the 1920s, Old Union was Stanford’s first building dedicated to student gathering. As of 2005, the Old Union Complex has been home to a majority of Stanford’s student services, including the Native American Cultural Center, Student Activities and Leadership, and the Dean of Student Life. 

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Tresidder Memorial Union at Stanford University

Tresidder Memorial Union at Stanford University
Tresidder Memorial Union at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Located across from Memorial Auditorium, Tressider Memorial Union is the hub for student activity on campus. During the school year, Tressider is open 7 days a week until Midnight. Donald Tressider, fourth president of Stanford, recommended that the school replace the aging Old Union with a new building. Tressider Memorial Union was built in 1962 in his honor.

The interior food court offers a variety of options like Jamba Juice, Subway, Express Lunch, and The Treehouse Restaurant, which serves Mexican cuisine. Tressider is also home to study spaces, as well as a large TV room, which is always open to students.

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Cummings Art Building at Stanford University

Cummings Art Building at Stanford University
Cummings Art Building at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Next to Hoover Memorial Tower, Cummings Art Building is home to Stanford’s Department of Art & Art History. The department offers degree programs in Art History, Art Practice, Film & Media Studies, and Design. Cummings is also home to an art gallery that displays student exhibitions throughout the year.

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Schwab Residential Center at Stanford University

Schwab Residential Center at Stanford University
Schwab Residential Center at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Across from Knight Management Center, Schwab Residential Center is a residential and event facility reserved for Graduate School of Business students. The Schwab Center is home to over 200 students that consist of first-year MBAs and Executive Education participants. The complex consists of four-story apartments surrounding landscaped courtyards. Each apartment consists of two single rooms and a shared bathroom and kitchen. 

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Wilbur Hall at Stanford University

Wilbur Hall at Stanford University
Wilbur Hall at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Wilbur Hall is a student residence complex located on the eastside of campus. It is home to over 700 students. Wilbur Hall consists of seven buildings: Arroyo, Cedro, Junipero, Okada, Otero, Rinconada, and Soto. Each house features double occupancy rooms, making it the ideal location for freshmen. Each house has a dining room, lounge, and common study spaces. All seven houses surround a dining commons, which is the largest on campus. 

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Kimball Hall at Stanford University

Kimball Hall at Stanford University
Kimball Hall at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Kimball Hall is a multi-story residence hall reserved primarily for upperclassmen. It is the only theme house of the three buildings that make up Manzanita Park- Lantana Hall and Castano Hall. The building was named after William and Sara Kimball, the primary donors for the Manzanita Park project. Kimball offers single, double, and triple occupancy suites, each with individual rooms. 

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Lantana Hall at Stanford University

Lantana Hall at Stanford University
Lantana Hall at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Lantana is an upperclassmen residence hall in Manzanita Park. Manzanita Park currently houses 425 students, including Kimball Hall and Castano Hall. Lantana Hall features single, double, and triple occupancy suites. Residents of Manzanita Park share a common dining hall known as Manzanita Dining, which offers grilled items, salads, pizzas, soups, and sandwiches. 

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Manzanita Dining Hall at Stanford University

Manzanita Dining Hall at Stanford University
Manzanita Dining Hall at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Manzanita Dining Hall is the primary dining location for residents of Kimball, Castano, and Lantana Hall. Manzanita offers grilled items, frozen yogurt, pizza, salads and sandwiches. The dining hall also features a hardwood stage area, which is frequently used as a performance venue for small student groups. 

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Branner Dining at Stanford University

Branner Dining at Stanford University
Branner Dining at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Open five days a week, the quaint Branner Dining offers a variety of dining options including the Upper Crust, Magnolia Grill, and Verandas, as well as their own specialty sandwiches, soups, salads, and vegetarian items. It is located just outside Branner Residence Hall, next to the Arrillaga Family Dining Commons. 

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Arrillaga Dining Commons at Stanford University

Arrillaga Dining Commons at Stanford University
Arrillaga Dining Commons at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Arrillaga Family Dining Commons is the primary dining location for residents of Crothers and Toyon Hall (not pictured). The 26,000 sq. ft. dining hall is the first dining hall to be built on campus in 20 years. Arrillaga hosts the Performance Dining Program, which promotes synergistic food and antioxidants for healthy living. The program was developed by the School of Medicine, Stanford Athletics, and the Culinary Institute of America. Arrillaga also offers cooking classes to students and faculty.

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Stern Hall at Stanford University

Stern Hall at Stanford University
Stern Hall at Stanford University. Marisa Benjamin

Stern Hall consists of six small houses that accommodate 100 students each. The complex was built after World War II and represents Stanford’s short exploration of architectural modernism. Stern is home to a chicano theme house known as Casa Zapata. The other buildings that make up Stern are Burbank, Donner, Larkin, Serra, and Twain. Each room is double occupancy, making Stern an ideal residence hall for freshmen. 

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Stanford Stadium

Stanford Stadium
Stanford Stadium. Marisa Benjamin

Renovated in 2006, Stanford Stadium, commonly referred to as The Farm by Stanford students, is the home of the Cardinal football team. The stadium has a seating capacity of 50,000. Stanford Stadium was originally built in 1921, but in 2005, the Board of Trustees authorized plans for a total reconstruction of the venue. The stadium’s largest single-game attendance was in 1935 with over 94,000 fans for the “Big Game” against Cal, in which Stanford defeated Cal 13-0. Stanford is a member of the NCAA Division I Pac 12 Conference.

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