Stanford University campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
700 - 790
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 790
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 34


Early Action
November 1

January 3

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Area Studies
  • Asian-American Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, Other
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General

  • History

  • History, General

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Music
  • Theatre/Theater

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Classical and Ancient Studies
  • Human Biology
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Systems Science and Theory

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Materials Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Industrial Design
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General

Students Say

There are few universities that can match the prestige and caliber of Stanford University. At “the forefront of [nearly] every field of study,” it’s easy to understand why so many students are attracted to the school. Of course, far more than simply offering access to highly rated departments, Stanford strives to “expand your creativity, challenge and deepen your world view, and make you a passionate and informed citizen of the world.” Moreover, the opportunities for research “are incredible” and “the support for students (residential, emotional, academic) is unrivaled.” And while the university is certainly “academically rigorous,” it is “without the competitive edge that many top-tier institutions are known for.” Inside the classroom, undergrads are privy to “dynamic” professors who easily “draw [students] into the material because they are so excited to share their passion for the subject.” Though instructors are “at the top of their respective fields,” most are also “engaging and approachable.” A mechanical engineering major supports this sentiment sharing, “I play basketball on Friday mornings with my major adviser and will often bring my homework with me in order to talk to him about problems I’m stuck on afterward.” Ultimately, as this senior boasts, “At Stanford, anything is possible; I’ve lived on a schooner with faculty studying sharks, snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef, hiked in the Australian rainforest, studied Antarctic phytoplankton with world-class scientists, and spent countless nights discussing philosophy, politics, film, and art until sunrise.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Sandra Day O'Connor
former U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Andrew Luck
Professional football player

Susan Rice
U.S. National Security Adviser

Reed Hastings
founder of Netflix

Lawrence Page
cofounder of Google

Sergey Brin
cofounder of Google

Rachel Maddow

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

As a top-notch school, Stanford can lead to “great job opportunities” for motivated students looking to enter a wide variety of careers. Stanford students tend to be very focused on the future, with “about a 50/50 divide of people who are planning for careers to make money and people who are planning for careers to ‘make a difference.’” Stanford’s Career Development Center provides standard services such as job fairs and recruiting events, resume critique, and one-on-one counseling. The Center also offers “career communities” in specific fields, and a special community devoted solely to the needs of underclassmen still a few years from their job search. Most agree that Stanford “provides a great opportunity to pursue greater careers with a wide array of resources and support.” Out of Stanford alumni visiting, 57 percent report that they derive meaning from their jobs.

Colleges that Create Futures

Global Education

Stanford students are also getting a global education. Stanford offers its own overseas programs in Australia, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Cape Town, Florence, Istanbul, Kyoto, Madrid, Oxford, Paris and Santiago. And even though the school is surrounded by Silicon Valley, that doesn’t alter the stellar arts and humanities programs. One senior boasted, “At Stanford, anything is possible; I’ve lived on a schooner with faculty studying sharks, snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef, hiked in the Australian rainforest, studied Antarctic phytoplankton with world-class scientists, and spent countless nights discussing philosophy, politics, film, and art until sunrise.” Some Integrated Learning Environments combine learning and living in the residences. Through programs like ITALIC (Immersion in the Arts: Living in Culture), students have more opportunities to spend time experiencing other cultures. The strong commitment to the arts is “a means of developing, honing and applying creativity.”
Undergraduate Research

Stanford’s huge research program ensures someone on campus is always making something new. With a sponsored research budget of over $1.33 billion, Stanford knows that great research comes from great resources. DoResearch is Stanford’s online platform that helps students get organized and get started on whatever projects they can dream up. UAR (Undergraduate Advising and Research) connects students with faculty members studying or undertaking similar research or creative projects and provides $5.6 million to fund 986 student projects. With Stanford’s faculty, students work to solve the world’s toughest social problems.
Since Stanford pushes students to think for themselves from the first moment they step on campus, and provides them with opportunities to develop their own ideas and research, it’s no surprise that students continue on this path after graduating. An administrator told us that the goal of a Stanford education is “to study a subject [the students] love, not one they think will assure them of a job right out of college, and we help them develop the critical thinking skills they will need over their lifetimes.” Once a student gets started at Stanford, the university takes care of them. The “goal of a Stanford liberal education is the honing of a set of core abilities, including analysis of information and argumentation, the synthesis of information from multiple sources, and precise, persuasive communication, both oral and written.”

Many students realize that a college education is more than sprucing up a dorm room and going to class. Alumnus Christian Angulo said his “real education came from the daily interactions, conversations, and diverse experiences that gave me the foundation necessary to go out into the real world.” Angulo now works for the university in undergraduate admission, helping to determine the quality of future Stanford classes. He originally picked Stanford because of what most students love about the university—he could choose any major and could live and study in beautiful California, halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. Plus Stanford’s campus and amenities offer tremendous chances for collaboration. To describe his Stanford peers, he said that what drives them and defines them the most is entrepreneurship. Stanford students are “go-getters,” he said, “known for putting their all into what they do and creating their own opportunities to achieve their goals.” Students develop this sense of entrepreneurship and business-savvy from groups like Stanford Student Enterprises. SSE boasts businesses “for students and run by students.” SSE’s four enterprises now include over 100 employees. Small student businesses? Maybe. But their total assets now exceed $15 million. Budding entrepreneurs “take advantage of programs, lectures, courses and mentorships,” an administrator told us. The Stanford School of Engineering hosts the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, and students also work with an education nonprofit, StartX. Work like this “accelerates the development of Stanford’s top entrepreneurs through experiential education.”
Faculty Mentors

Students don’t nurture this sense of ambition and drive on their own. Stanford’s professors and scholars are talented in their own right. Stanford has found over 2,118 full-time and part-time faculty, engaged and dedicated to developing their students into future leaders. Most professors hold a terminal degree in their specialty. The highly regarded university also boasts a growing cross-section of minority and female professors, further expanding the outlook of research and academia. The enviable 4:1 student-to-faculty ratio means that nearly 70 percent of classes have fewer than twenty students. Every student has a voice.
In 2012, Stanford conducted a study with faculty and student recommendations on how to make updates to the curriculum. The faculty “extensively reexamined the university’s approach through The Study of Undergraduate Education.” At the end, faculty contributed fifty-five recommendations on how to update their required courses to “help students gain knowledge, but also develop the capacities for continued intellectual growth.” Professors know that simply adding more courses doesn’t necessarily increase the standard of a students’ education. Who better to know about the commitment of these professors than their students? As a human biology major told us, “The professors are some of the most engaging I have ever seen . . . [they are] all superstars.” A product design engineer said, “The professors at Stanford draw you into the material because they are so excited to share their passion for the subject with you, and because they’re so eager to inspire us.”
Alumni Network

Stanford alums are making a splash in virtually every field you can think of from art to athletics. Graduates can count among their ranks such prominent alumni as the first American woman in space, the late Sally Ride; Mozilla Firefox developer Blake Ross; and novelists John Steinbeck and Michael Cunningham. Stanford has graduated one U.S. President, four Supreme Court Justices, four current U.S. Senators, a National Security Advisor, two U.S. Secretaries, and the current U.S. ambassadors to China and South Korea. They’ve been instrumental parts of businesses like Hewlett-Packard, StubHub, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and PayPal and are the inventors of the microprocessor, the laser, and GPS.
Thankfully, networking with this prestigious group of 217,000-plus grads starts early. Along with standard services like job fairs and recruiting events, résumé critiques, and one-on-one counseling, Stanford’s Career Development Center hosts CareerConnect, a job board that lists hundreds of alumni-posted jobs and internships. The Center also offers “career communities” in specific fields, including a special community devoted solely to the needs of underclassmen still a few years away from their post-grad job hunt. Most current students agree that Stanford “provides a great opportunity to pursue greater careers with a wide array of resources and support.” A 2015 grad in bioengineering sums it up: “Stanford’s given me the opportunity to go abroad three times as an engineer, to minor in modern languages, to explore classics and religious studies, while simultaneously excelling at the cutting edge of the world’s finest bioengineering technology. . . with a relaxed and supportive social atmosphere. That’s something that makes me feel incredibly lucky on a daily basis.”


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

A year of tuition, fees, room and board, and basic expenses at Stanford costs about $59,800. While that figure is staggering, you have to keep in mind that few students pay anywhere near that amount. Financial packages here are very generous. Most aid comes with no strings attached. Only 23 percent of undergrads borrow to pay for school, and those who do walk away with an average of $16,640 in loan debt.

Bang For Your Buck

Like a handful of other spectacularly wealthy schools in the United States, Stanford maintains a wholly need-blind admission policy, and it demonstrates a serious commitment to making its world-class education available to talented and well-prepared students regardless of economic circumstances. All of Stanford’s scholarship funds are need-based. For parents with total annual income and typical assets below $60,000, Stanford will not expect a parent contribution toward educational costs. For parents with total annual income and typical assets below $100,000, the expected parent contribution will be low enough to ensure that all tuition charges are covered with need-based scholarship, federal and state grants, and/or outside scholarship funds. Families with incomes at higher levels (typically up to $200,000) may also qualify for assistance, especially if more than one family member is enrolled in college. The hard part is getting admitted. If you can do that, the school will make sure you have a way to pay. The vast majority of successful applicants will be among the strongest students (academically) in their secondary schools.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


American Indian or Alaskan Native

47% female
53% male
59% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

Stanford undergrads speak glowingly of their peers: “Everyone here is smart and has some story that will blow you out of the water if you ask, but are very humble and really just looking to have a good time.” They also steadfastly assert, “There really is no typical Stanford student.” And, thankfully, that “makes it easy to be an integrated and diverse student body.” That being said, most Stanford undergrads are “very driven, independently motivated and willing to seek out opportunities.” One senior elaborates by sharing, “Everyone fits in because we’re united by a fire that drives us all to be excited about what we do. The trends you’ll see will be along the lines of leadership and crazy intellect.” Ultimately, students at Stanford are “ridiculously friendly and you can meet new people all over campus at almost every type of event.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

Undergrads agree that “it’s pretty much impossible to be bored” at Stanford. Though students “work insanely hard during the week,” they “also make it a priority to have a great time.” And with so much to take advantage of, having fun is pretty easy. For example, the university sponsors “Cardinal Nights,” a non-alcoholic program that hosts a number of events including “trips to Great America, a local amusement park, The Great Gatsby movie pre-screening, and Stanford’s Got Talent. All of the events are either free or extremely cheap for students.” Undergrads also look forward to “special dinners...a common event in upper class housing.” These are “nice on-campus dinners that are catered by house chefs. The meals usually have themes, such as Saturday Night Live or Moulin Rouge.” Moreover, while there is certainly a drinking scene, it’s pretty laid back. A sophomore explains, “You can find as much or as little of a party culture here as you’re looking for. There’s always a frat party to attend on the weekends, and there’s always people to just hang out with at the dorm.” Finally, students love the fact that hometown Palo Alto leaves them in close proximity to San Francisco. “A trip to the city is a short train-ride or car-ride away, so going to concerts and events in the city is always a fun option. Same goes for the nearby beaches.” However, “there’s always so much going on on campus that sometimes it’s hard to leave!”

Special Needs Admissions

Joan Bisagno,Ph.D

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Psycholeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

24% join a fraternity
28% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

57% participate in intramural sports
13% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cardinal)
17 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Cardinal)
19 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Synchronized Swimming
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Santa Clara University
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of California Berkeley
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: San Jose State University


Stanford University allocated more than $900 million over the past few decades with significant return on investment in sustainability research, emission-reduction infrastructure, and energy efficiency projects for buildings. The campus recently released a comprehensive energy and climate plan that can “reduce the university’s GHG emissions at least 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2015 and enable an 18 percent savings in potable water consumption” despite Stanford’s nearly exponential growth. The plan targets high performance building design, resource conservation in existing buildings, and a greener energy supply. Further, energy retrofits of older buildings have resulted in an estimated savings of 176 million kilowatt hours of electricity—about eight months of Stanford's current use. Stanford’s recycling program (recognized by the EPA and a top contender in the RecycleMania) diverts 65 percent of its solid waste from landfills. Stanford’s Transportation Demand Management program (also recognized by the EPA) includes a “free bus system powered by biodiesel and diesel-electric hybrids; a commute club; free/ pre-tax passes on public transportation; car rental options; commute planning assistance; charter services; and a bike program.” As a result, “the percentage of Stanford employees driving alone to campus dropped from 72 to 46 percent” in the last decade. Additionally, the university participated in the Bay Area’s Bike to Work Day. With over 1,100 Stanford riders rolling to campus, an estimated 3,611 miles of car trips and over 3,400 pounds of emissions were avoided. A partner in the university’s $433 million Initiative on the Environment and Sustainability, the Woods Institute for the Environment offers an opportunity for students to research and create practical, interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

The Stanford Bookstore offers special pricing on computers.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Director of Visitor Relations

295 Galvez St
Stanford, CA 94305-5005



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cantor Center for the Visual Arts
The Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Memorial Church
Tresidder Memorial Union
Bing Concert Hall
The Stanford campus is among the most beautiful anywhere and is a popular destination for tourists and other visitors.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
San Francisco
Stanford Shopping Center
Sonoma and Napa Valleys
Santa Cruz/Pacific Ocean
Stanford is located in the heart of Silicon Valley in one of the most diverse, cultural, innovative and interesting places in the nation.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center


Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Monday through Friday, with exceptions

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays


Admitted students only


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
San Francisco International Airport is 25 miles from campus, and San Jose International Airport is 16 miles from campus. Public transportation, taxi, and van service are available from the airports to campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve San Francisco. From San Francisco and San Jose commuter train service (Caltrain) is available to Palo Alto, with frequent Stanford shuttle bus service to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Highway 101 North & South Exit onto Embarcadero Road and travel west, following the signs directing you to Stanford University. About three miles after you exit the freeway, Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street as you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road. From Highway 280 North & South Exit onto Sand Hill Road and follow the signs for Stanford University. Heading east, drive approximately 3 miles to the Stanford Shopping Center. Turn right onto Arboretum Road (Nordstrom is on your right). Stay on Arboretum until it ends, then turn right onto Galvez Street. Move to the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road.

Local Accommodations
Stanford is adjacent to Palo Alto and Menlo Park, both of which offer an abundance of lodging choices, ranging from B&Bs and motels to luxury hotels.