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  • Campus

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    Campus

    In addition to the main 8,180-acre campus, Stanford has a variety of off-campus locations in California and globally through its study abroad programs. Unlike most schools, Stanford operates its own international programs with faculty-in-residence and staff. Check out our complete list of the top 25 colleges for Outside readers.

  • The Dish

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    The Dish

    The dish is an actively used radio telescope, and surrounded by 3.5 miles of recreational trails heavily frequented by runners and hikers for views extending to San Jose and San Francisco.

  • Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

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    Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

    The Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve is a 1,200-acre facility owned by the university for wildlife research.

  • Stanford Outdoor Education

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    Stanford Outdoor Education

    The Stanford Outdoor Education includes programs in wilderness medicine and a variety of skills, including orienteering.

  • Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips

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    Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips

    Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips are five-day adventures taking placing before orientation with options ranging from community service to wilderness exploration,

  • Climbing Facility

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    Climbing Facility

    Stanford has an extensive climbing facility with 25 ropes, 60 routes, and 20 boulder problems.

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