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  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
Stanford is an elite private university located in Stanford, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,034 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Stanford acceptance rate is only 5%. Popular majors include Computer Science, Biology, and Engineering. Graduating 94% of students, Stanford alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $71,800.
About Stanford University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Pacific-12 Conference
Address
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
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Stanford University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
5%
Application Deadline
January 3
SAT Range
1380-1580
ACT Range
31-35
Application Fee
$90
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$16,695/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $1,630/ year
  • $30-48k
    $4,035/ year
  • $49-75k
    $4,061/ year
  • $76-110k
    $12,228/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,853/ year
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Academics

Professors
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Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.71 responses
83%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.81 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.81 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,034Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 41 responses
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  • Brilliant and humble
    39%
  • Friendly but stressed
    22%
  • Passionate
    12%
  • Collaborative and record-breaking
    10%
  • Laid back
    10%
  • Diverse
    2%
  • Stressed
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
68%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.87 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.103 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 43 responses
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  • The dream
    44%
  • Awesome
    21%
  • Great environment for academic and personal growth
    19%
  • Creates opportunities for students
    5%
  • Many opportunities, choice paralysis, still great
    5%
  • Underrated
    5%
  • Overrated for sure but still pretty great
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$85,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
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The campus is beautiful to start and provides many beautiful areas for studying or hanging out with friends. The campus is full of amazing resources including the libraries and professors. The academics are definitely challenging, but worth it. Go Card!
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What I love about Stanford is the resources that it has especially for students who are first generation or low income. It has way more resources than many other colleges I know. One downfall of Stanford is its lack of diversity which is apparent not only in student demographics but also staff and professors. Another downfall of Stanford is its destructive relationship with neighboring communities especially cities like East Palo Alto where the population is largely low-income and non-White. Because of tech companies, the layout of Silicon Valley and Stanford's proximity to tech companies, many families are being displaced by recent Stanford grads and other related workers.
I will always love Stanford for the memories and the people I have met. Stanford, in many ways, is amazing--sunny all the time and a campus out of a magazine. What's special about attending an "elite" institution is the number of opportunities available--funding for projects, opportunities to travel for free, opportunities for publication, opportunities to work with leaders in your field and more. If you're looking for opportunity, you will find it at Stanford. What sucks about Stanford is probably what sucks at any other private institution in the country: change is slow, it seems like administrators don't care what students think or want, the financial aid department can ruin your day, there are a ton entitled white, rich kids here who pretend like they're not entitled, white rich kids. STEM will always have more opportunities than other fields; the influence of Silicon valley is prevalent.