STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Stanford (California, USA): Join me for a walking tour of the campus of one of the most spectacular universities in the world: Stanford University, (Stanford, California, USA). Vic Stefanu, email@example.com. Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California, and is known as one of the world’s most prestigious institutions. Stanford 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 as a coeducational and non-denominational institution.