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A+
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 7,087 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Stanford acceptance rate is only 4%. Popular majors include Computer Science, Biology, and Engineering. Graduating 94% of students, Stanford alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $70,400.
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Pacific-12 Conference

Stanford University Rankings

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

Stanford Admissions

Acceptance Rate
4%
Application Deadline
January 3
SAT Range
1420-1570
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$90
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$17,271/ 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
$51,838/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
68%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
5:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.71 responses
82%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.88 responses
43%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.88 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,087Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
16%
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
    42%
  • Friendly but stressed
    22%
  • Collaborative and record-breaking
    11%
  • Laid back
    11%
  • Passionate
    11%
  • 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.94 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.110 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 50 responses
Report
  • The dream
    44%
  • Great environment for academic and personal growth
    20%
  • Awesome
    18%
  • Many opportunities, choice paralysis, still great
    6%
  • Creates opportunities for students
    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 isolated: it's a very pretty but sometimes dull campus. Students rely on bikes: dangerous traffic jams on campus! Pre-Covid, dorm rooms small and shared: school had little options for those with crazy roommates. Wonderful research opportunities: profs open to exploration of topics of interest. Personalized education: you aren't just a face in the crowd. Library system terrific: they help! Grading is fair, not on a curve. Pre-Covid: good opportunities for extracurricular activities. Now, fewer. Online courses well put together and University IT very responsive. The university is trying hard.
Your fellow students are top-notch! That inspires you to put your best effort. Course selection relevant. Be prepared to do a lot of work! Grading is fair and transparent. Expectations clearly established early on. Much of the experience comes from extracurricular and social engagement. But worth the effort!
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I mean learning online just sucks compared to campus, but that's true for every school. My teachers have been incredibly caring and understanding, and Pass-Fail (I'm writing this Spring of 2020) has been a great opportunity to learn for the sake of learning. The perk to recorded lectures is that you can increase the video speed when the teacher is talking too slow! And it's also super easy to go to events because you just hop on the link and leave if you don't like it.
For lack of better words, Stanford University is a one of a kind university. The cleanliness, architecture, art, and general energy of the campus are all of positivity, engagement, and other things of that sort. Whenever I am there, interacting with the students, faculty, and employees of the various stores and cafes there, it is a very, very welcoming environment. The bookstore has an amazing selection of books, and I always love looking at the selections of readings at its various libaries. Furthermore, every single interaction with professors that I have had, I have enjoyed them and am very much of the belief that they have been for the better. I am truly glad that I will be a part of the incoming Stanford class of 2024.