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?
- 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.
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.
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|#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.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Stanford has earned from around the web.
|#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?
Contact details for Stanford are given below.
|Address:||Stanford, CA 94305|
How Do I Get Into Stanford?
You can apply to Stanford online at: commonapp.org
Admission Requirements for Stanford
|High School GPA||recommended|
|High School Rank||neither required nor recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Stanford?
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.
Can I Afford Stanford University?
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
Of the 6,996 full-time undergraduates at Stanford, 50% are male and 50% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Stanford University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||477|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,156|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Stanford has changed over the last few years.
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%|
|Computer & Information Sciences||3%|
|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|
|Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering||#19|
|Medical Illustration & Informatics||#30|
|Mathematics & Statistics||#52|
|Computer & Information Sciences||#395|
Stanford University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*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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