About Us

Our History

Stanford Student Enterprises is a young, dynamic organization which reflects the energy and talent of our student employees, but our close affiliation with the ASSU imbues SSE with a tradition as old as Stanford University itself.

First organized in 1891, the ASSU is the designated representative of the student body. In the early 1960’s, the student position of Financial Manager was created to oversee ASSU financial operations, and the Association formally separated its accounts from those of the University. As a further step towards financial independence, the ASSU stopped receiving funding from the University in 1995. In 1996, Financial Manager John Hall founded Stanford Student Enterprises in order to ensure the long-term financial viability and independence of the Association.

Today, SSE has four enterprises with more than one hundred employees and total assets exceeding $15 million – we manage our short and long term investments, operate a banking service for all student groups, create and print the Stanford Unofficial Guide, sell Stanford apparel, and partner with a startup accelerator, as well as provide other valuable products and services on campus. Although we strive to continually grow existing programs, we endeavor to maintain an environment of entrepreneurship and opportunity and leverage the innovation and expertise of Stanford University students.


Stanford Student Enterprises was originally chartered with three goals; namely to:

  1. Guarantee the long term financial viability of the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU).
  2. Provide valuable services to the Stanford Community and beyond.
  3. Afford a premier entrepreneurial experience on campus.

SSE’s mission statement embodies our continual effort to improve and define our future. Our Core Values serve as our tools that we use on our journey to help us make decisions and move forward. Our Purpose is the guiding principle when making decisions.

Core Values

  • Valuable, affordable, and effective products and services.
  • Enable student government through financial contributions to the ASSU.
  • Learn through hands-on experience.
  • Maintain mutual respect, commitment to team and community.
  • Ensure high standards of quality.
  • Generate profit and growth to make all else possible.


To provide the best educational business experience to Stanford students.