Stanford University

"Die Luft der Freiheit weht"
On and Off

Cardinal: The mistaken mascot

There is no true mascot in Stanford, nevertheless the "Tree" which is in reality a part of the band has gradually gained that position. Though their is no official mascot.

Campus History and Origin

In 1876, former California Governor Leland Stanford purchased 650 acres of Rancho San Francisquito for a country home and began the development of his famous Palo Alto Stock Farm. He later bought adjoining properties totaling more than 8,000 acres.

The Stanford's considered several possibilities – a university, a technical school, a museum. While on the East Coast, they visited Harvard, MIT, Cornell and Johns Hopkins to seek advice on starting a new university in California.  Ultimately, they decided to establish two institutions in Leland Junior's name - the University and a museum. From the outset they made some untraditional choices: the university would be coeducational, in a time when most were all-male; non-denominational, when most were associated with a religious organization; and avowedly practical, producing "cultured and useful citizens."

On October 1, 1891, Stanford University opened its doors after six years of planning and building. The prediction of a New York newspaper that Stanford professors would "lecture in marble halls to empty benches" was quickly disproved. The first student body consisted of 555 men and women, and the original faculty of 15 was expanded to 49 for the second year. The university’s first president was David Starr Jordan, a graduate of Cornell, who left his post as president of Indiana University to join the adventure out West.

Fight Song

Admission Requirements

Admissions Data (2013):

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 6%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 680 / 780
    • SAT Math: 700 / 790
    • SAT Writing: 690 / 780

Tuition and Costs

Costs per year:



Graduate 11-18 units$14,728

Graduate 8-10 units$9,570

Graduate Engineering 11-18 units$15,691

Graduate Engineering 8-10 units$10,200

Graduate School of Business, first year MBA$20,625

Graduate School of Business, second year MBA$19,850School of Medicine (M.D. Program) 1$16,905

Stanford Law School $17,450

Law/Business Joint Program $18,277

Permit to Attend for Services Only (PSO)$4,455

Terminal Graduate Registration (TGR)$2,871

Medical School Research Rate$3,380

Campus Life

Full Moon on the Quad

While it is a rather unorthodox tradition, I personally love it. It occurs the firs full moon of every year in which every body joins along for music, games, drinking, food, etc. However, the twist is that at 12 A.M they separate the gay from the straight and it is a free for all kiss festival. It' supposed to be that the seniors kiss the freshmen and at 1 A.M the kissing stops. Nevertheless,when one gentleman was asked how many girls he had kissed he responded," I lost count at 20."

Degree Plan

1) Communication-

COMM 1611

RWS 1301, 1302, 1601

2) American History-

Complete HIST 1301 and 1302

3) Language, Philosophy & Culture

Select a course from ENGL 2311, 2312, 2313, 2314, 2318; FREN 2322; HIST 2301, 2302; PHIL 1301, 2306; RS 1301; SPAN 2340; WS 2300, 2350

4) Criminal Justice Major

CRIJ 3300, 3313, 4390

5) English Literature Minor

BRIT_PRE(Select one course from British Literature through 1800)

BRIT_SINCE(Select one course from British Literature since 1800)

LIT_AMER(Select one course from American Literature)

LIT_ELECS(Select any nine additional hours from all courses listed above)

6) Political Science

Complete POLS 2310 & 2311


Fine and Peforming Arts


Social and Behavorial Sciences

Career Description

The primary role of a criminal lawyer is to represent their defendant in the criminal court system. This encompasses arraignments, pretrial hearings, settlement conferences, trials and sentence hearings. They defend adults and juveniles at the federal, state and local level. In order to represent clients in federal courts, a criminal lawyer must first apply for admission to practice in that court.

Typically, criminal lawyers are working on several cases at one time, each at different stages in the criminal process. Throughout the criminal process, criminal lawyers offer legal counsel to their clients that would be in their best interests. Criminal lawyers’ extensive knowledge of the law helps them safeguard their client’s constitutional rights.

There is a vast amount of time spent gathering evidence like police reports, eyewitness testimonies and any other information pertinent to the case. As a result, criminal lawyers utilize the expertise of paralegals, private investigators, litigation consultants and others to assist them.

The average salary of a criminal lawyer is $78,500. However, the salary can range from $45,000 to $130,000.

Job Requirements

Seven years of education is required to be a criminal defense lawyer. Four years are spent at the undergraduate level. The specific major of the bachelor's degree an aspiring criminal defense lawyer earns isn't typically important, but maintaining good grades and acquiring research, investigative, analysis and communication skills is recommended.

After graduating, an aspiring criminal defense lawyer applies to law school by completing the Law School Admission Test. Then, three years of education are completed in a criminal defense law education specialization that results in the J.D. degree.

Cover Letter

Stanford University

May 19, 2015

Dear admissions committee,

I am writing this application letter with the intention to an opportunity to earn the position of a College Student in your law school.

I am currently traveling on the journey to earn my masters degree in the area of criminal justice, this will ultimately lead me into my profession as a lawyer. I am currently enrolled in my criminal justice class in which we have had court proceedings as our final grade. This project underwent the whole semester in which I was given a case and was the defendant of the prosecutor. Nonetheless, despite the fact I won the case I did not view the victory as the important part, yet it was the irreplaceable knowledge I attained that mattered. Along with this knowledge it will ultimately help me become a better lawyer in the future.

Due to such growth my professor’s have claimed, I believe i am a great candidate to win this position as I believe I can only grow even more. I set myself no limits and I break the boundaries.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this.


Sergio Tarango

20125 Rick Aguilar



Letter of Recommendation

To whom it may concern:

I highly recommend Sergio Tarango as a student you should accept into Stanford. I am the principal of El Dorado and I have worked since the beginning of his high school life. Along this journey, I have learned his characteristics consist of a hardworking, determined, and excelling student that has captivated many peers, teachers, and staff with his mentality of being the best at everything he possibly can.

Under the passage of time, Sergio has grown to develop an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and success, and has done it the right way. From his freshman year, Sergio showed distinguishable works in all his classes that all school knew about him, and all grade levels looked forward to receiving this student. It is assumed that all students should be well rounded, but as for Sergio, he is just exemplary. As our society describes the perfect student, Sergio possessed the ability to be a natural leader that worked well with peers in both academics and athletics. His ability to pick up, analyze, and interpret any concept is outstanding, since I believe is one of the most effective quality because not only can he learn from teachers, but those who surround him can learn from him as well. Not many promises are guaranteed in the future, but I can assure the promise that Sergio will continue to imply the ideal type of people this world needs wherever he goes.

Mr. Tarango will face any task with the best of effort, only to grow as a better student, friend, son, and person overall. Undisputably, your University will find no flaws in his performance, and I believe wholeheartedly in the greatness of his future. If you have any questions or would like to reassure my statements, contact me at, or via phone: (915) 123-1234

Best Regards,

Rodrigo Romeo Santos


El Dorado High School

El Paso, TX 79938

Tel: (915) 123-1234



Sergio Ozem Tarango

12347 Manny Richards, Miami, Florida, 33101

Phone: (915) 780-9876 Fax: 910-054-3333 E-Mail:


As a lawyer, my ultimate objective is to seek true justice and expose the truth. I want lawyers to regain their credibility and reemerge passion in my peer lawyers. Do the job out of love, not for the money.

ExperienceCorona Law Firm May 20, 2023-January 11, 2023

  • I worked as an intern as I was concluding my studies at Stanford University.
  • I would document the files in alphabetical order.
  • I would also type reports, and a bit of research. I would attend court with the lawyer as well.


August 2014-May 2018

El Dorado High School I graduated in 2018 within the Top 7%, I placed #1 in the Top Ten rank ultimately being the valedictorian. Stanford University August 2019-May 2027

I graduated as the valedictorian of my class, and with my bachelor’s in criminal justice. I then attended Stanford Law School and passed the BAR test. I then received my Master’s degree in criminal justice and am pursuing my Doctor’s degree.


I was told as an intern I would mold into a great lawyer due to my great decision-making. I don’t hesitate, nevertheless I never rush into a decision. Though once I have made my decision I become stubborn and try my best to enforce it and expose it. I am persistent and no is never an option nor acceptable for me.

Persuasive Essay

The great Vince Lombardi once said, ”The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” Ever since I was a young man I have lived by this extraordinary quote due to the fact it has led me to give it more than the required amount of effort and never be left underappreciated. The day my parents asked me what I wanted to do with my life I answered that I wanted to be a lawyer. Never because of the money nor recognition, but because of the desire to bring justice to the world and inevitably make a real change not for my sake, but humanity’s. To this day I have never questioned my decision, and it is as if this desire of me only increases more daily. I believe I deserve the opportunity to attend your university due to the fact I am a hardworker and have good, unselfish, intentions.

Personally, I view life as a competition and nothing less, and in every single aspect of life I view as a competition. I hate knowing that someone out there is working harder than me, therefore I never stop working because at the end of the day I want nothing but to be the absolute best. I rather be dead than being knowledgeable that somebody is working harder than me. As a young boy my father would always push me to be better, to be the best. He told me something that has stuck to me throughout the years which was, “If you want anything don’t expect anyone to come up and hand it to you, you have to gain every drop of will inside you and go get it, or else someone else will.” Ever since that day I have never taken a single day for granted and have worked hard every single day. My academic performances have portrayed this. Throughout my middle school years I placed in the top 10 every single year and coming in #1 7th grade and #3 in 8th grade. I was in the Principal’s Advisory Council, and National Junior Honor Society. My freshmen year I tried out for the soccer team and made varsity, however an SISD rule prohibit me from playing, yet I played JV and continued in NJHS and the IB program.

Nonetheless, many have possessed great intelligence and have been blessed with leader like characteristics yet have gone the wrong route. None of them are evil, just have different visions. For example look at the brilliant, disputably the best scientist in history, J. Robert Oppenheimer. He was the director of the Manhattan project which we all know was a great vision gone wrong. He was even called “the father of the atomic bomb”. Despite his troublesome past with Communist he was still elected director of the project. Shortly after his creation, two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan by the U.S. He experienced great guilt due to the monster of an invention he had created, and their was no way to fix it. He lead a revolution of atomic bombs, bombs that proved to be efficient, the efficiency is what haunted him. My point is that much of the time great minds are not fully appreciated and achieve nothing beneficial towards their country or the world. I, however, wish to emerge a genuine change in the world for the good in which we rise from sadness towards happiness as a world unit. This could only happen through justice. That is why I wish to be a criminal lawyer because as a lawyer I have a great impact in handing true justice.Ultimately, due to these reasons, amongst others, I believe I should be granted the opportunity to attend Stanford University because I have trust that they will mold my mind and give me the tools to be the best lawyer I could possibly be. I will work my absolute hardest in order to earn this opportunity, and once granted, I will appreciate it to its fullest and make the best out of it.

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Works Cited

"History of Stanford." N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015. <>.

"Stanford." Stanford University. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2015. <>.

"Criminal Lawyer Career." N.p., n.d. Web. 25 May 2015. <>.

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