Then & Now

Quad arcades

Stanford’s sandstone arcades have seen 125 years of change, but define a place of enduring ideals. The 1898 students may have listed Greek and Latin in their college applications instead of app development or international service. Still, they and their modern counterparts came to Stanford for the same reasons – an unparalleled chance to change their lives, to explore new fields, to become both cultured and useful. All benefit from the founders’ intent to democratize access to education for qualified students. The 1898 students paid no tuition, and more than 80 percent of today’s students receive financial aid.

Photos: O.V. Lange, Stanford University Archives/Linda A. Cicero, Stanford News Service

Montage: John Holleman