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Stanford University is working on plans to expand its physical presence in the Bay Area by acquiring the unused campus of the Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont.
Stanford announced plans in late September to enter into an agreement with the private Roman Catholic school, which last year switched to offering only online graduate programs, leaving its campus mostly unused.
Stanford officials said the Belmont campus appealed to university leaders because of its setup as a residential academic campus, but also for its proximity to Stanford’s Palo Alto and Redwood City campuses. The Belmont campus is about six miles from the Redwood City campus, and 12 miles from Palo Alto.
“Establishing a Stanford Belmont campus presents exciting potential opportunities for our educational mission,” Provost Persis Drell said in a statement. “I was inspired by its beauty, history, and place in the community, and the many possibilities it holds for learning and community engagement.”
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