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Stanford University Overview

Located in Stanford, California, Stanford University is a private not-for-profit institution. Stanford is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Stanford University Known For?

1,892 Undergraduate Awards
$46,777 Avg Cost After Aid
5% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Stanford have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Stanford.
  • In 2017-2018, 99% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Stanford bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $94,000 a year. That's about 130% more than their peers at other schools.

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Stanford University Rankings

Stanford is ranked #4 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! It is also ranked #1 out of 220 schools in California.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Stanford has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#298 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Stanford.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Social Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Legal Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Stanford has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#2 Best Colleges for Computer Science College Factual
#4 Best Colleges for General Biology College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#40 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual

Where Is Stanford University?

Location of Stanford University

Contact details for Stanford are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-723-2300
Website: www.stanford.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stanford
Twitter: http://twitter.com/stanford

How Do I Get Into Stanford?

You can apply to Stanford online at: commonapp.org

Admission Requirements for Stanford

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Stanford?

5% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
78% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Stanford, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 5%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 4%, and the acceptance rate for women is 5%.

Average Test Scores

About 78% of students accepted to Stanford submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 690 and 760. Math scores were between 700 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Stanford University  ( 690 to 760 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Stanford University  ( 700 to 780 )
200
800
Stanford received ACT scores from 61% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 33 and 36. Math scores were between 30 and 35. Composite scores were between 32 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Stanford University  ( 33 to 36 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Stanford University  ( 30 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Stanford University  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford Stanford University?

$46,777 Net Price
8% Take Out Loans
1.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Stanford is $46,777. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Stanford, approximately 8% of students took out student loans averaging $8,382 a year. That adds up to $33,528 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Stanford is 1.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Stanford University Undergraduate Student Diversity

6,996 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are also 10,253 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,996 full-time undergraduates at Stanford, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Stanford

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Stanford University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Stanford Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,590
Black or African American 477
Hispanic or Latino 1,156
White 2,264
International Students 748
Other Races/Ethnicities 761

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Stanford University. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 127 countries are represented at Stanford. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Canada.

Online Learning at Stanford University

0 Took All Classes Online
877 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 877 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Stanford has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 18th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

This is the #2,028 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Stanford regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Stanford majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 16%
Chemical Engineering 15%
Civil Engineering 8%
Computer & Information Sciences 3%
Computer Science 3%
Engineering 8%
Engineering Technologies 10%
Engineering-Related Fields 10%
Health Professions 5%
Mechanical Engineering 22%
Medical Illustration & Informatics 4%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Stanford ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Stanford.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Physics #6
Materials Engineering #8
Biomedical Engineering #11
Statistics #11
Applied Mathematics #12
Chemical Engineering #15
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #19
Physical Sciences #26
Medical Illustration & Informatics #30
Mechanical Engineering #32
Civil Engineering #32
Electrical Engineering #40
Engineering-Related Fields #47
Computer Science #50
Mathematics & Statistics #52
General Education #102
Engineering #107
Engineering Technologies #161
Computer & Information Sciences #395

Stanford University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 330 0 279 31 640
Business Administration & Management 0 0 488 22 510
Mechanical Engineering 79 2 189 47 317
Electrical Engineering 63 0 171 76 310
Engineering-Related Fields 93 0 118 20 231
Civil Engineering 9 3 175 28 215
Law 0 0 0 182 182
Other Engineering 123 0 21 8 152
Human Biology 125 0 0 0 125
Economics 86 0 12 27 125
General Education 0 0 97 26 123
General Biology 72 0 16 23 111
Geological & Earth Sciences 36 0 37 26 99
Applied Mathematics 46 0 41 11 98
Medicine 0 0 0 88 88
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 4 0 55 28 87
Cognitive Science 80 0 6 0 86
Biomedical Engineering 38 0 23 24 85
Chemistry 15 0 9 58 82
Materials Engineering 12 0 50 19 81
Legal Research 0 0 78 3 81
Physics 28 0 12 41 81
Chemical Engineering 25 0 34 19 78
International Relations & National Security 54 0 22 0 76
Political Science & Government 57 0 8 10 75
Science, Technology & Society 70 0 0 0 70
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 65 0 65
Child Development & Psychology 46 0 2 16 64
General English Literature 50 0 5 8 63
Statistics 0 0 51 11 62
Mathematics 48 0 2 8 58
Communication & Media Studies 27 0 24 6 57
History 34 0 5 14 53
Area Studies 20 0 31 1 52
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 42 1 43
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 27 0 3 11 41
Sociology 17 0 17 7 41
Fine & Studio Arts 22 0 6 12 40
Music 13 0 16 5 34
Public Policy 13 0 20 0 33
Philosophy 21 0 5 4 30
Anthropology 13 0 5 12 30
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 23 6 29
Ethnic Studies 28 0 0 0 28
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 21 7 28
Public Health 0 0 24 0 24
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 22 0 22
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 2 18 20
Genetics 0 0 11 6 17
Drama & Theater Arts 15 0 0 1 16
Romance Languages 8 0 1 6 15
Classical Languages & Literature 7 0 0 7 14
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 12 12
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 11 11
Petroleum Engineering 0 0 5 5 10
Sustainability Science 0 0 10 0 10
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 1 0 9 0 10
East Asian Languages 3 0 3 3 9
Urban Studies 9 0 0 0 9
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 1 7 8
Germanic Languages 5 0 1 2 8
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 7 7
Environmental Engineering 7 0 0 0 7
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 7 0 0 0 7
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 4 0 0 2 6
Religious Studies 1 0 3 2 6
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 5 0 5
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 5 0 5
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 3 3
English Literature (Other) 0 0 1 2 3
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 1 0 1
Archeology 1 0 0 0 1
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 0 0
General Psychology 0 0 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,892 5 2,388 1,040 5,325

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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