May 3, 2019
By many measures, Stanford is a big place. Two typical measures: the historic campus (6th largest in the US) stretches across 8,180 acres, and is home to over 31,000 students, faculty, and staff this academic year. A random measure: for the JSTOR database subscription provided by the Libraries, Stanford's institution classification level is “very large".
But some days, Stanford feels like a small, close-knit town where degrees of separation between community members rarely exceed two or three.