Stanford University

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Stanford, CA 94305

Phone: (650) 723-2300
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 1
application deadline

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#5 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. National Universities

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Stanford University is a private institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,063, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 8,180 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Stanford University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 5. Its tuition and fees are $43,245 (2013-14).

Stanford University’s pristine campus is located in California’s Bay Area, about 30 miles from San Francisco. Stanford offers a wide range of student organizations, including the Stanford Pre-Business Association and Stanford Solar Car Project, which designs, builds and races a solar car every two years. The Stanford Cardinals are well known for the traditional "Big Game" against Cal, an annual football competition that awards the Stanford Axe—a sought-after trophy—to the victor. Stanford also has successful programs in tennis and golf. Only freshman are required to live on campus, but students are guaranteed housing for all four years and most choose to remain on campus. Greek life at Stanford represents approximately 10 percent of the student body.

Four of Stanford University’s seven schools offer undergraduate and graduate coursework, and the remaining three serve as purely graduate schools. Graduate programs include the highly ranked School of Education, School of Engineering, Law School, School of Medicine and the top-ranked Graduate School of Business. The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment oversees collaboration between environmental research, teaching and outreach. Stanford has a number of well-known theatrical and musical groups, including the Ram’s Head Theatrical Society and the Mendicants, an all-male a cappella group. Notable Stanford alumni include former U.S. President Herbert Hoover, famed NFL quarterback John Elway, actress Sigourney Weaver and golfer Tiger Woods, who began his professional career at Stanford.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

In 1885, Jane and Leland Stanford established Stanford University in memory of their son. Their intent was to establish a "University of high degree" that would "qualify students for personal success and direct usefulness in life and promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Today, Stanford is a research university where teaching, learning and research are all integral to the university's mission. Stanford values close interaction between undergraduates and faculty. Student participation in research is strongly supported. Stanford's entrepreneurial character draws from its Western location and the legacy of its founders. Stanford emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research, and academic excellence crosses disciplines, ranging from humanities to social sciences to engineering and the sciences. Current faculty have 19 Nobels and 4 Pulitzers. Students, distinguished by initiative, love of learning and commitment to public service, are talented in many areas, including academics, art, music and athletics. Stanford's athletic teams, called the Cardinal, have won the Director's Cup as the best program nationwide 18 years in a row. Stanford's extraordinary campus is located in a dynamic and diverse area between San Francisco and San Jose in Northern California. The campus is considered among the most beautiful anywhere. The Bing Overseas Studies Program has offerings in 12 countries, and other Stanford programs take students to the Hopkins Marine Laboratory on Monterey Bay and to Washington D.C.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1885
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $17,035,804,000


When applying to Stanford University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 1. The application fee at Stanford University is $90. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 6.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 6.6%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Stanford University is 5:1, and the school has 68.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Stanford University include: Social Sciences; Engineering; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; and Physical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 98 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 5:1
4-year graduation rate 80%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 18%
Engineering 15%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 14%
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 8%
Physical Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Stanford University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,063, with a gender distribution of 52 percent male students and 48 percent female students. At this school, 91 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 9 percent of students live off campus. Stanford University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 18,217
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Stanford University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Stanford University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Stanford University, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Stanford University.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Stanford University, 51.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $40,500.

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Tuition and fees $43,245 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,166 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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