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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  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 7,064 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 $70,400.
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
1390-1540
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$90
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$16,562/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$50,134/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
67%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.71 responses
81%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.85 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.85 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,064Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 45 responses
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  • Brilliant and humble
    40%
  • Friendly but stressed
    22%
  • Laid back
    11%
  • Passionate
    11%
  • Collaborative and record-breaking
    9%
  • Diverse
    2%
  • Stressed
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
67%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.91 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.107 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 47 responses
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  • The dream
    47%
  • Awesome
    19%
  • Great environment for academic and personal growth
    17%
  • Creates opportunities for students
    4%
  • Many opportunities, choice paralysis, still great
    4%
  • Underrated
    4%
  • Fast-paced
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$94,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
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Stanford is the greatest place on earth. I feel so at home here and love everything about the campus and life here. The weather is amazing (no snow! or freezing temperatures), people are happier than many other schools, and you have the freedom and flexibility to study anything and switch your major around.
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Stanford is the best university in the country having surpassed the likes of Harvard and Yale years ago. STEM is the future and no one can match Stanford's undergrad and graduate curriculum; additionally, Stanford is tops or near the top in many liberal arts concentrations. The gorgeous campus, amazing weather, school spirit, sports, and proximity to Silicon Valley and San Francisco are big bonuses. There is a good reason why students, parents, and counselors all name the school as their number one "Dream School."
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!