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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.

Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students7,089
   Women3,355 (47.3%)
   Men3,734 (52.7%)
Graduate Students11,380


Entrance DifficultyMost difficult
Overall Admission Rate5% of 42,167 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 3
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA4.16
SAT Math700-790 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading680-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing690-790 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite31-34 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$65,177
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met100%
Average Freshman Award$44,790
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemQuarter
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 38% of classes
10-19 students: 32% of classes
20-29 students: 10% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 4% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes


Stanford Population13,809
Nearest Metropolitan AreaSan Francisco, San Jose
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 92% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Sororities28% of women participate
Fraternities 24% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.1.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
21.5% Asian
6.4% Black/African-American
17.4% Hispanic/Latino
11.5% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.4% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
41.0% White
0.6% Unknown
International Students8.4% from 90 countries
First-Year Students Returning98.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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CLASS OF 2020 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.82 4.28 708 688 691 32
Low 1.80 2.50 300 206 300 14
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 800 36
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• The leafy Stanford campus was designed by the famous NYC Central Park landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

• Stanford's commencement parade includes the "Wacky Walk," featuring such antics as a bright red sedan chair carried by several students who give rides to their friends.

• Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station occupies a mile of the California coast next to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

A portion of the College Profile data is provided under license by:
Annual Survey of Colleges 2015, copyright © 2015 The College Board. All rights reserved.
Peterson's Undergraduate and Undergraduate Financial Aid Databases,
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