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Academics

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."

Student Body

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 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!"

Overview

Applicants
43,997
Acceptance Rate
5%
Average HS GPA
3.94

GPA Breakdown

93%
Over 3.75
5%
3.50 - 3.74
1%
3.25 - 3.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
680 - 780
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
700 - 800
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
690 - 790

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
730 - 790
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
730 - 800

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 35

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 3


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
425:1
Total Faculty
1,637
with Terminal Degree
1,623

1,197
Men
440
Women
375
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

Majors

  • 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
  • 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
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • 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
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Industrial Design
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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
broadcaster

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
89%
Graduate in 6 years
94%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$65,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$123,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$70,100

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$130,000

Percent High Job Meaning
62%

Percent STEM
29%


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 PayScale.com, 57 percent report that they derive meaning from their jobs.

Students agree that Stanford "provides a great opportunity to pursue greater careers with a wide array of resources and support."  For one, with a sponsored research budget of over $1.22 billion, Stanford's huge research program ensures someone on campus is always making something new. DoResearch is Stanford's online platform that helps student 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 $5.4 million to fund 1,074 student projects. And even though the school is surrounded by Silicon Valley, that doesn't alter the stellar arts and humanities programs. In fact, the university recently finished a new building for the Department of Art and Art History, which is part of a new "arts district" on campus. Even while the largest majors are in the sciences and engineering, the university "considers exposure to the arts crucial to a liberal arts education." From the stunning acoustics in Bing Concert Hall to the presentation practices in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, students have a chance to receive a great arts education at Stanford, too.  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."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 3

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$47,664

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$45,318

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,231

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
21%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,987

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$46,438

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,331
Required Fees
$609
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,455

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,968
Transportation for Commuters
$1,107

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,601
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,034
Foreign Countries Represented
90

Demographics

1.07%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
20.68%
Asian
6.39%
African-American
15.88%
Hispanic
36.19%
Caucasian
9.10%
International

49% female
51% male
58% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
92%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Joan Bisagno,Ph.D

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psycholeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
600
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
35

19% join a fraternity
25% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

156% participate in intramural sports
13% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cardinal)
17 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Sailing
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Cardinal)
19 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Fencing
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Synchronized Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Day Care
Health
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

Sustainability

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.

99/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
48%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
125

Average Number of PC's per Lab
8

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
The Stanford Bookstore offers special pricing on computers.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Director of Visitor Relations

Address
295 Galvez St
Stanford, CA 94305-5005

Phone
650-723-2091

Email
admission@stanford.edu

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 Valley
Santa Cruz/Pacific Ocean
Yosemite
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
daily

650-723-2091

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday through Friday, with exceptions

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.gostanford.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Limitations
Admitted students only

Transportation

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.


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