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Stanford University
Stanford, CA
Stanford University, founded in 1891, is a private, comprehensive, research-intensive university, where teaching, learning and research are part of a single enterprise. Stanford's enterprising character draws from its Western location and from the legacy of Jane and Leland Stanford. Its areas of excellence range from the humanities to the social sciences, engineering and the sciences. The layout and character of Stanford's Quadrangle were developed by Frederick Olmsted, designer of New York's Central Park. The 8,180-acre campus includes Moorish Spanish and French Romanesque architecture. It is located in Stanford, adjacent to Palo Alto, 30 miles south of San Francisco.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 7,034
   Women 3,413 (48.5%)
   Men 3,621 (51.5%)
Graduate Students 9,880
Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 5% of 43,997 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline January 2
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.94
SAT Math 700-800 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 680-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 31-35 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities X      
Cost of Attendance $67,291
  Tuition and Fees $47,940
  Room and Board $14,601
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $50,547
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,589
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 37% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 9% of classes
30-39 students: 4% of classes
40-49 students: 5% of classes
50-99 students: 8% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
Stanford Population 13,809
Nearest Metropolitan Area San Francisco, San Jose
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 93% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot Tree
Sororities 25% of women participate
Fraternities 19% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 1.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
22.7% Asian
7.0% Black/African-American
17.5% Hispanic/Latino
11.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.4% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
39.8% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students 9.1% from 76 countries
First-Year Students Returning 98.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 74.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 50%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 30.0%