Office of Undergraduate Admission, Montag Hall
Stanford, CA 94305-6106
Phone: (650) 723-2091
$40,569 tuition and fees
January 1 application deadline
January 1 accepted
Stanford University is a private institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,940, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 8,180 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Stanford University's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 5. Its tuition and fees are $40,569 (2011-12).
Stanford University’s pristine campus is located in California’s Bay Area, about 30 miles from San Francisco. Stanford offers a wide range of student organizations, including the Stanford Pre-Business Association and Stanford Solar Car Project, which designs, builds, and races a solar car every two years. The Stanford Cardinals are well known for the traditional "Big Game" against Cal, an annual football competition that awards the Stanford Axe—a sought-after trophy—to the victor. Stanford also has successful programs in tennis and golf. Only freshman are required to live on campus, but students are guaranteed housing for all four years and most choose to remain on campus. Greek life at Stanford represents approximately 10 percent of the student body.
Three of Stanford University’s seven schools offer undergraduate and graduate coursework, and the remaining four serve as purely graduate schools. Graduate programs include the highly ranked School of Education, School of Engineering, Law School, School of Medicine, and the top-ranked Graduate School of Business. The Woods Institute for the Environment oversees collaboration between environmental research, teaching, and outreach. Stanford has a number of well-known theatrical and musical groups, including the Ram’s Head Theatrical Society and the Mendicants, an all-male a capella group. Notable Stanford alumni include former U.S. President Herbert Hoover, famed NFL quarterback John Elway, actress Sigourney Weaver, and golfer Tiger Woods, who began his professional career at Stanford.
School mission (as provided by the school):
In 1885, Jane and Leland Stanford established Stanford University in memory of their son. Their intent was to establish a "University of high degree" that would "qualify students for personal success and direct usefulness in life and promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Today, Stanford is a research university where teaching, learning and research are all integral to the university's mission. Stanford values close interaction between undergraduates and faculty. Student participation in research is strongly supported. Stanford's entrepreneurial character draws from its Western location and the legacy of its founders. Academic excellence crosses disciplines, ranging from humanities to social sciences to engineering and the sciences. Stanford emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research and has established university-wide initiatives to address worldwide problems in human health, the environment, international affairs and K-12 education. Current faculty have 16 Nobels and 4 Pulitzers. Students, distinguished by initiative, love of learning and commitment to public service, are talented in many areas, including academics, art, music and athletics. Stanford's athletic teams, called the Cardinal, have won the Director's Cup as the best program nationwide 16 years in a row. Stanford's extraordinary campus is located in a dynamic and diverse area between San Francisco and San Jose in Northern California. The campus is considered among the most beautiful anywhere. The Bing Overseas Studies Program has offerings in 12 countries, and other Stanford programs take students to the Hopkins Marine Laboratory on Monterey Bay and to Washington D.C.
School type - private, coed college
Year founded - 1885
Religious affiliation - N/A
Academic calendar - quarter
Setting - suburban
2010 Endowment - $13,851,115,000
Selectivity - most selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 7%
Application deadline - January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - January 1
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 6:1
4-year graduation rate - 78% - High
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Social Sciences 22% Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 16% Engineering 14% Biological and Biomedical Sciences 7% Physical Sciences 5%