Stanford University.

Stanford University

Stanford, CA4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Stanford University

Stanford University, officially Leland Stanford Junior University, is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is ranked among the most prestigious universities in the world by numerous major education publications.The university was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year. Stanford was a U.S. Senator and former Governor of California who made his fortune as a railroad tycoon. The school admitted its first students on October 1, 1891, as a coeducational and non-denominational institution. Stanford University struggled financially after the death of Leland Stanford in 1893 and again after much of the campus was damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Following World War II, Provost Frederick Terman supported faculty and graduates' entrepreneurialism to build self-sufficient local industry in what would later be known as Silicon Valley. The university is also one of the top fundraising institutions in the country, becoming the first school to raise more than a billion dollars in a year.The university is organized around seven schools: three schools consisting of 40 academic departments at the undergraduate level as well as four professional schools that focus on graduate programs in law, medicine, education, and business. All schools are on the same campus. Students compete in 36 varsity sports, and the university is one of two private institutions in the Division I FBS Pac-12 Conference. It has gained 126 NCAA team championships, and Stanford has won the NACDA Directors' Cup for 24 consecutive years, beginning in 1994–1995. In addition, Stanford students and alumni have won 270 Olympic medals including 139 gold medals.As of October 2020, 84 Nobel laureates, 28 Turing Award laureates, and 8 Fields Medalists have been affiliated with Stanford as students, alumni, faculty, or staff. In addition, Stanford University is particularly noted for its entrepreneurship and is one of the most successful universities in attracting funding for start-ups. Stanford alumni have founded numerous companies, which combined produce more than $2.7 trillion in annual revenue and have created 5.4 million jobs as of 2011, roughly equivalent to the 7th largest economy in the world (as of 2020). Stanford is the alma mater of one president of the United States (Herbert Hoover), 74 living billionaires, and 17 astronauts. It is also one of the leading producers of Fulbright Scholars, Marshall Scholars, Rhodes Scholars, and members of the United States Congress.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 7,056 students
  • 2.56 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Stanford University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Biology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, and Elementary Education.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

2,085 students out of 44,073 applicants were accepted into Stanford University. They had an average SAT score of 1489. 78% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 61% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Stanford University was $49,617. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $69,109.

Financial aid available at Stanford University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

60% of undergraduate students at Stanford University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Stanford University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Stanford University was of $15,112 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,455.

Diversity at Stanford University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017