About Stanford University

Founded in 1885, Stanford University. is a Private college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 7,034 full time undergraduate students, and 10,150 full time graduate students.

The Stanford University Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 1089 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Stanford University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate4%
Application Deadline
Application Fee90
SAT Range1380-1580
ACT Range31-35

Admissions at are considered Most Selective, with ,96% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 4 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 99% were in the top quarter, and 94% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Stanford University.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
26%
“We know about current events and vote”
49%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
22%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
8%
“Sometimes, but not often”
37%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
52%
“All the time, including weekends”
3%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
12%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
85%
“I feel extremely safe”
10%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
40%
“We bought the gear”
51%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
17%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
53%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
26%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
10%
“Available in class”
52%
“They keep regular office hours”
36%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
53%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
42%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
4%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
22%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
51%
“We only party on weekends”
22%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
14%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
55%
“There might be people who do”
27%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
3%
“We”re apathetic”
26%
“We know about current events and vote”
49%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
22%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
3%
“We save it for the classroom”
8%
“Sometimes, but not often”
37%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
52%
“All the time, including weekends”
3%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
12%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
85%
“I feel extremely safe”
10%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
40%
“We bought the gear”
51%
“We live for the big game”
4%
“It”s not really our thing”
17%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
53%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
26%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
10%
“Available in class”
52%
“They keep regular office hours”
36%
“They”re always available”
1%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
53%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
42%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
4%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
22%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
51%
“We only party on weekends”
22%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
14%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
55%
“There might be people who do”
27%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Stanford University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    136 Students rated on-campus housing 4.4 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    91 Students rated off-campus housing 2.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    136 Students rated campus food 4 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    138 Students rated campus facilities 4.7 stars. 75 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    136 Students rated class size 4.3 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    137 Students rated school activities 4.6 stars. 70 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    138 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    134 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Stanford University?

45 Students rated Stanford University

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Nicole

I will always love Stanford for the memories and the people I have met. Stanford, in many ways, is amazing--sunny all the time and a campus out of a magazine. What's special about attending an "elite" institution is the number of opportunities available--funding for projects, opportunities to travel for free, opportunities for publication, opportunities to work with leaders in your field and more. If you're looking for opportunity, you will find it at Stanford. What sucks about Stanford is probably what sucks at any other private institution in the country: change is slow, it seems like administrators don't care what students think or want, the financial aid department can ruin your day, there are a ton entitled white, rich kids here who pretend like they're not entitled, white rich kids. STEM will always have more opportunities than other fields; the influence of Silicon valley is prevalent. Oh, and you can't find a place to eat past 10 PM other than Late Night Dining, Happy Donuts, and L&L Hawaiian bbq. Tragic.

Michael

Being in the land of unicorns, it isnt difficult to get into the mood of wanting to create something that will change the world (and get tons of VC funding) You learn as much as you need to know. If you want to go above and beyond (like everyone on campus) you need to find a way to make yourself look unique to you your professors.

Stanford University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Stanford University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Stanford University is 4%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I always imagined what the world would be like if my great-grandmother was alive. She was born and raised in North Carolina: it was her home, her vestige, the special memento she kept in her back pocket. She would always pull it out to reflect on a memory or piece of advice before we left for a big trip. I liked that about her. I always imagined what she’d say before I left for college. I imagined it like this: We’re sitting on our front porch in Pendleton, North Carolina and she says, “Gal, if there is one thing you should remember before college, it’s this: Stay away from the moonshine. Yes, the moonshine. All those mixtures, colors, and flavors ain’t nothing but a way for you to start tipping, dragging and falling all the way home. And before you start tipping and dragging, remember, them men will follow after you and a lot of 'em won’t be nice.” I’d like to think what she was alluding to was college depredation. I knew that was just her way of keeping me safe. It's also the thing I'd tell my college self.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are friendly, lively, and smart people who manage well in school but also have a lot of time to have fun.

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  4. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Very nice campus, great administration, easy classes, terrible fellow students

    Read all  34 answers
  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    My favorite aspect of life at Stanford is certainly the open-mindedness, especially with respect to the vibrant diversity that exists on campus. There are limitless opportunities at Stanford for all individuals to express themselves, regardless of race, heritage, religious ideals, political affiliations, or any other personal identifications that otherwise create barriers between students. Upon initially acquainting myself with current students during Admit Weekend when I was a high school senior, I found that they were extremely open to learn more about and understand the perspectives of their diverse peers. I appreciate that everyone is incredbly welcoming, accepting, and warmhearted.

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  6. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Yes almost everyones happy but if you aren't the Prozac type then it's not fun.

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  7. What are the academics like at your school?

    Quite easy compared to a rigorous private high school

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Stanford gathers the world's best students and professors, unique in their own ways, and puts them together on a beautiful, sunny campus to cooperate to make amazing opportunities and results.

    Read all  31 answers
  9. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about this campus, besides the beautiful weather and scenery, are the people. Everyone from students to professors is very driven and a pleasure to talk to and work with.

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  10. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    All stanford students are the same - white, rich, boring, conformist.

    Read all  29 answers
  11. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Social life is friday and saturday night when people start drinking at 10 go out to a frat party and home paired up with some other loser by 12:30 or else just giving up on the night. Partying is self-medication not something to enjoy for it's own sake

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  12. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The rampant partying in some dorms without any regard for others- the R.A.'s won't do anything about it.

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  13. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    That is it NOT ALWAYS hot and sunny.

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  14. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    That everyone seems to be doing fine in classes, etc. -- which makes me feel like I'm the only one who is not doing so well. I know it's not true though, it's called the "Stanford Duck Syndrome". People are really good at hiding what's going wrong in their lives and putting on a faccade that everything is okay.

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  15. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who are interested in nourishing the life of the mind won't like Stanford very much. It's an academic school, but most of the academics seem targeted towards career placement or some other utilitarian goal. Learning for the sake of learning is pretty rare.

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  16. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Liberal, motivated, excited, intelligent, spunky, interesting, accepting, fun

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  17. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    This school is best known for the great companies that were founded here and the prominent figures who attended.

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  18. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The laid back atmosphere is really conducive to fun and learning. There's a great vibe on campus that makes the challenging academics a bit easier.

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  19. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    I chose Stanford because I felt like I was at home when I first stepped on its campus. With its great academic departments and gorgeous weather, Stanford was undoubtedly the right choice. The people there are amazingly friendly and welcoming. I had no problem making friends with students, including upperclassmen.

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  20. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    A few stereotypes that I've heard about Stanford students are those imposed upon most Ivy Leaguers (note: Stanford is not technically an Ivy League school): namely, that we're all privileged white kids, with a substantial amount of us intent on being at the top of the pack (think: cut throat competition). Here's the run-down: there's almost always a kernel of truth to any stereotype, but luckily for Stanford (and me!), in this case it's only a small kernel. Being an international student myself who grew up in the Middle East, I can attest to the diversity of the Stanford population. The caveat - if you read the "official" calculation of Stanford's population - is that Stanford counts "Americanized" international students as "international" - i.e if grew up in the US with foreign parents you are considered international. I find that definition a bit of a stretch. However, regardless of your views of what constitutes international, there's a fair amount of people who grew up overseas at Stanford. Additionally, Stanford boasts itself on being one of the top colleges for students of color and those of latino/a origin (see this page for more info: http://admission.stanford.edu/student/diversity/index.html) In terms of relative wealth, there are many privileged kids at Stanford, but not that privileged. Case in point: most Stanford students don't have a car (though that's partly out of convenience as well). Students commonly complain about the expense of food in Palo Alto. Additionally, I would say around 20-30% of the student population has a part time job to support themselves. Last, let's talk about competition: My favorite part about Stanford is the lack of competition among students in most undergraduate departments. I say MOST rather than all, since my major is Sociology with a minor in philosophy (i.e I'm familiar with the humanities and social sciences). Based on what my friends in the more technical fields tell me, there isn't that much morale-killing competition in their departments either. I think part of that is West Coast culture, and part of that is purely Stanford culture. My brother went to Harvard and his characterization of their student population has led me to believe that Stanford is more collaborative than competitive compared to other top schools in the nation.

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  21. What's the dating scene like?

    A Stanford student talks about dating on campus.

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Student Body

Students

49%

female

51%

male

7,034

Total Undergrad Enrollment

10,150

Total Grad Students

53%

Out-Of-State

35%

In-State

12%

International

Organizations

650

Student Organizations

17

Fraternities

13

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

57%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
21%
% Black or African-American
6%
% Hispanic/Latino
16%
% White or Caucasian
36%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

66% of students attending Stanford University receive some sort of financial aid. 13% were awarded federal grants. While 9% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$47,940

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,455

Books and Supplies

$14,601

Room and Board

63,996

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$1,630
$30 - $48K
$4,035
$48 - $75K
$4,061
$75 - $110K
$12,228
$110K & UP
$39,853

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