Stanford Entrance, 1891

Stanford University opens its doors

The object of the University, as stated in its Charter, was “to qualify students for personal success and direct usefulness in life”; and its purpose, “to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilisation, teaching the blessings of liberty regulated by law, and inculcating love and reverence for the great principles of government as derived from the inalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The initial count of registered students was 555; by 2011 the number had risen to 15,723.