Stanford University Voted Favorite Vegan-Friendly Large College in the U.S.

Popular Dishes Like Vegan Curried Cauliflower Soup Help School Take Center Stage in peta2's National Contest

For Immediate Release:
April 7, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Stanford, Calif. – A healthy spread of brain-boosting, plant-based meals is never far from the doorstep of a Stanford University student, and that’s why Stanford has beaten out some fierce competition—including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of California–Davis, and the University of North Texas—to be voted the Favorite Vegan-Friendly Large College in the U.S. after receiving an A on its Vegan Report Card from peta2, PETA’s youth division. A narrow 21-vote margin secured Stanford’s win.

Stanford’s vegan quinoa burgers are just one of the mouthwatering dishes that gave the school’s competition a run for its money, while offerings like herb-roasted mushrooms with balsamic glaze, vegan jambalaya, lasagna, and curried cauliflower soup have students raving for seconds. Stanford’s vegan foods are “consistently delicious,” according to one student review on peta2’s Vegan Report Card, an opinion shared by many enthusiastic voters.

“With the way Stanford delivers on fortifying, animal-friendly brain food, it’s no wonder students continue to set a high bar for achievement everywhere from the football field to the classroom,” says peta2 Director Marta Holmberg. “Every year, peta2 hears from more colleges across the country that are helping students make wise choices for animals, the planet, and their own health.”

Sixteen large schools and 16 small schools were in this year’s March Madness–style competition. The 2015 winner in the small-school category is Oberlin College.

peta2—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—will send Stanford award certificates to hang in its dining halls, all of which serve vegan food.

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