Stanford University: Ranking & Review

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Stanford University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Acceptance Rate5%4%5%
Enrolled undergraduates1,700826874
Enrolled total (including graduate students)17,5349,9187,616

962 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Typical SAT scores

Number of students submitting SAT scores1,321
Percent of students submitting SAT scores78%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Typical ACT scores

Number of students submitting ACT scores1,039
Percent of students submitting ACT scores61%
ACT Composite
ACT English
ACT Math

Admission requirements

Application fee for undergraduates - $90. Application fee for graduates - $125.

Secondary school GPARecommended
Secondary school rankNeither required nor recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of the college-preparatory programRecommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Recommended

Stanford University Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, on-campus room and board payment of $15,112 and other expenses per full academic year.

Stanford University provides on-campus housing with total dormitory capacity of 12,492 students.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates$48,987$48,987
Fees for full-time undergraduates$630$630
Tuition for Full-time graduates$48,987$48,987
Fees for full-time graduates$630$630
Per credit hour charge for part-time graduates$1,089$1,089

Programs and Degrees

Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services27324333549
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services48221503
Social Sciences2036148312
Legal Professions and Studies82201283
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies2734277
Physical Sciences7469133276
Mathematics and Statistics6913258259
Biological and Biomedical Sciences7943102224
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields549719170
Health Professions and Related Programs3981120
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies45613109
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics40152580
Visual and Performing Arts32351279
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2145874
English Language and Literature & Letters3611956
Philosophy and Religious Studies1491437
Public Administration and Social Service Professions152136
Natural Resources and Conservation21425
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1313
Grand Total1,6692,3981,0235,090

A total of 1,669 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at Stanford University.

At the master's and doctor's level 3,421 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

Graduation rate94%94%95%
  • Full-time retention rate - 98%

General info

Alternative namesSU
MottoDie luft der freiheit weht
The wind of freedom blows
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Mission StatementFrom the Stanford University Founding Grant, November 11, 1885: ...the Nature, Object, and Purposes of the Institution Hereby Founded, to Be: Its nature, that of a university with such seminaries of learning as shall make it of the highest grade, including mechanical institutes, museums, galleries of art, laboratories, and conservatories, together with all things necessary for the study of agriculture in all its branches, and for mechanical training, and the studies and exercises directed to the cultivation and enlargement of the mind: Its object, to qualify its students for personal success, and direct usefulness in life; And its purposes, to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization, teaching the blessings of liberty regulated by law, and inculcating love and reverence for the great principles of government as derived from the inalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Colorscardinal red, white
Academic CalendarQuarter
Total FTE staff15,619
Instructional FTE3,662
Research FTE1,635
Sector of institutionPrivate not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPrivate not-for-profit
Carnegie ClassificationDoctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity

Location and Contacts

Address450 Serra Mall
Stanford, California, 94305
United States
Urbanization levelSuburb: Large
City population14,000
Fax+1 (650) 725 6847

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