Governor’s Corner – Sterling Quad

Governor's Corner

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Overview

Sterling Quadrangle (also known as Sterling Quad) consists of four connected residences and hosts Freshman/Sophomore College (FroSoCo) in two residence halls called Adams and Schiff. Together Adams and Schiff are home to freshmen and sophomores who are interested in broad intellectual exploration of the liberal arts and sciences. Potter House and Robinson House, the third and fourth halls, are upperclass residences, and, though each residence in Sterling Quad functions as a separate community, they all come together for meals in Ricker Dining or activities in the Elliott Program Center.

Planning for Governor’s Corner began in 1978 as an answer to a housing need for 800 new students. Sterling Quadrangle was the final structure completed in a phase from 1982-1983 after the opening of the Independent Houses, Suites and Dining societies, and the Elliott Program Center.

Sterling Quadrangle is named after former President of Stanford University, Wallace Sterling, and his wife, Anne. Adams, one of the Freshman-Sophomore College residences, was named for Ephraim Douglass Adams, a history professor and the first chairman of the Hoover Library; Schiff, also a Freshman-Sophomore residence, is named for physics professor and first chair of the Faculty Senate, Leonard Isaac Schiff. Two more history professors, Davis Morris Potter and Edgar Eugene Robinson, join the group to name Potter House and Robinson House. Potter was also a nationally known as an expert on the Southern secession, and Robinson was the chair of the Committee on the Independent Study Plan, the precursor of departmental honors program.

Ricker Dining and Performance Center is named after Christine Ricker, Manager of University Food Service in the 1940s and 50s. She helped feed the campus through the rationing of World War II.

For information on the accessibility of residences for both living and visiting, please reference our Undergraduate Residences Accessibility Summary chart.

General Information

Residence Name

Governor’s Corner – Sterling Quad
Map

Neighborhood

Westside

Navigation Address

236 Santa Teresa St., Stanford, CA 94305

Housing Front Desk

Governor’s Corner at Elliott Program Center
589 Governor’s Avenue, Stanford, CA 94305

Custodial Service

University managed

Dining Service

The first university facility of its kind in the nation, Ricker Dining is Stanford's peanut-sensitive dining environment. In recognition of the growing number of students with peanut allergies, we have provided a safe, full-featured facility in which peanut-sensitive and non-peanut-sensitive diners alike can enjoy the best of what Stanford Dining has to offer. With its beautiful dining location on the west side of campus complete with a state-of-the art meeting room, lounge areas and trellised patio, Ricker Dining is a very popular location.

During the summer, only two dining halls are available to students. During the summer of 2016, students living in Governor's Corner dine at Ricker Dining

Co-ed Type

Co-ed on each floor

Common Areas

Each residence has its own outdoor recreational area, living room, study, kitchenette, computer room, laundry room, and other common areas.

The Residences

Adams Schiff
FroSoCo* - Adams   FroSoCo* - Schiff  
Potter House Robinson House
Potter House Robinson House 

House Facts

Freshman-Sophomore College (FroSoCo*) - Adams

Configuration:
Co-ed type:

Special Residential
Program :

Freshmen & Sophomores  (academic year only)
Co-ed on each floor

Freshman/Sophomore College facilitates broad intellectual exploration of the liberal arts and sciences. Freshmen have the option of living for two consecutive years in the College. As the residential complement of Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS), the College connects residential life with mentoring and academic activities offered through SIS courses. SIS courses include Introduction to the Humanities, Freshman and Sophomore Seminars, the Science Mathematics and Engineering Core, and Writing and Critical Thinking. If you are interested, please read important pre-assignment and regular assignment information below.

Freshman-Sophomore College (FroSoCo*) - Schiff

Configuration:
Co-ed type:

Special Residential
Program :

Freshmen & Sophomores  (academic year only)
Co-ed on each floor

Freshman/Sophomore College facilitates broad intellectual exploration of the liberal arts and sciences. Freshmen have the option of living for two consecutive years in the College. As the residential complement of Stanford Introductory Studies (SIS), the College connects residential life with the mentoring and academic activities offered through SIS courses. SIS courses include Introduction to the Humanities, Freshman and Sophomore Seminars, the Science Mathematics and Engineering Core, and Writing and Critical Thinking. If you are interested, please read important pre-assignment and regular assignment information below.

Potter House

Configuration:
Co-ed type:

Upperclass house
Co-ed on each floor

Robinson House

Configuration:
Co-ed type:

Upperclass house
Co-ed on each floor

Important Assignment Information

Residential Education is offering a pre-assignment system for all Special Program Houses (Ethnic/Academic Theme, Focus and Cooperative Houses) during the academic year. This process will allow Resident Fellows, Faculty Affiliates, and house program staff to pre-assign a set number of residents who complete the pre-assignment application and meet all necessary requirements prior to the Housing Draw. Here is the Residential Education link for detailed pre-assignment information.

There are THREE ways to get in to Special Program Houses.  Please see the Theme and Focus House page for details.

Furnishings

General

Bedroom

Wall-to-wall carpeting

Extra-long twin bed

Window coverings

Desk and chair

High-speed internet access

Bookcase

Telephone and telephone line

Dresser

Cable TV capability

Mirror

 

Waste basket and recycling bin

Bathroom

Male and female bathrooms on each floor. Bath tub room on the 1st floor

Sample Floor Plan

Single room - Top View One room, Double - Top View
Floor Plan Floor Plan