Stanford University

I. Introduction
A. Stanford was founded by Leland Stanford
B. My purpose is to persuade you that Stanford University is the best institution in the nation.
C. Stanford is the best university in the United States due to:
1. Its reputation for one of the best educational programs in the nation.
2. Its top of the line students
3. Its award winning facility
4. Its tradition in sports and student activities
II. Body
A. Stanford has a reputation for having one of the best educational programs in the nation.
1. Stanford has a school of business, earth sciences, education, engineering, humanities, science, law, and medicine
2. Stanford has foreign study facilities in Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe.
3. Stanford leads the nation with 78 Rhodes Scholars
4. Over the past ten years, 70 percent of Stanford students who have been nominated for the Truman Scholarship have won it, in comparison to the 7% average for the rest of the schools.
B. Stanford has the best student body in the nation.
1. Out of the 1606 freshman entering the university this year, 87 % were in the top 10% of their class, half made straight A's, and 99.8 % made a 3.0 or better.
2. Students are from every state except Delaware.
3. 97 students are from different countries.
4. Students are from a wide variety of racial backgrounds.
a. African American- 8%
b. Mexican American- 9%
c. Native American- 1%
d. Asian American- 23%
e. International Students- 4%
C. Stanford has one of the best faculties in the nation.
1.Out of the 1,534 faculty members, 13 have won Nobel prizes.
a. Steven Chu won in Physics in 1997 for methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.
b. Robert Laughlin won in 1998 for the discovery of a new form of quantum fluid with fractionally charged excitations.
2.18 faculty members have won the National Medal of Science
3. 6 have won the Pulitzer Prize
4. 34 are American Philosophical Society members
5. 111 are National Academy of Sciences members
6. 72 are National Academy of Engineering members
7. 23 are National Academy of Education members.
8. 198 are American Academy of Arts and Science members
9. 20 are MacArthur Foundation prize winners
10. 55 are Presidential/NSF Young Investigators
D. Stanford has a great tradition in sports and student activities like no other university in the nation.
1. Stanford students won 16 medals at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta
2. 49 Stanford alumni were coaches
3. In 1996, Stanford won 6 team national championships, a national record.
4. Stanford leads the nation with 70 team championships
5. Stanford has had 295 individual championships
6. There are 33 varsity sports in competition today.
7. The intramural program supports 9,000 students and faculty.
8. 94% of all Stanford athletes have graduated with a college degree.

III. Conclusion
A. My purpose is to persuade you that Stanford University is the best institution in the nation.
B. Stanford is the best university in the United States due to:
1. Its reputation for one of the best educational programs in the nation.
2. Its top of the line students
3. Its award winning facility
4. Its tradition in sports and student activities.
C. Out of 16,000 students who applied to Stanford, only 1,600 were admitted, so if you want to be a part of the best university in the nation, you'd better start working now.


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