Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Medium
Campus locale Suburb
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Quarter
Total enrollment 17,184
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 14%
Student to faculty ratio 10:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 11,302 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
(The institution has its own hospital)
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Stanford University is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 43,997 applications and only 2,118 students were granted admission. Stanford University is at the #3 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 51% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 77% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1380 to 1580
ACT31 to 35

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Stanford University's tuition was $47,331 for all students regardless of residency (76.7% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 66% of Stanford University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 13% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,645 (which is 5.6% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Stanford University in 2016-2017, was 149, which is 9% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,270 (which is 10.6% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Stanford University has enrolled a total of 17,184 students (16,080 students full-time and 1,104 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 17,184 students, 39 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 58% men and 42% women and 7,034 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 10,150 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 36%

Non-resident alien: 23%

Asian: 16%

Hispanic: 10%

Two or more races: 6%

Black/African American: 4%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Stanford University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 15% 1,083
Engineering 14% 997 0
Legal Professions And Studies 10% 694
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 9% 670 0
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 8% 558 0
Education 7% 476 0
Health Professions And Related Programs 4% 315
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 3% 251
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3% 229 0
Mathematics And Statistics 3% 186 0

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Stanford University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Stanford University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $24,700. Last year, out of the total 539 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 453 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 607 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 504 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $24,700 $32,200
Employment Rate 84% 83%
Total Graduates 539 607

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Stanford University.

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2.2 mile away
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3.4 mile away
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13.5 mile away
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24.4 mile away
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