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Get the facts about Stanford University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Stanford University Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Stanford University was awarded 147 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general biology.

Overall Quality

Stanford landed the #6 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Stanford also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Stanford?

Acceptance Rate

Stanford University has a very low acceptance rate of 5%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Stanford just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 78% of students accepted to Stanford submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 690 and 760. Math scores were between 700 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Stanford University  ( 690 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Stanford University  ( 700 to 780 )
Stanford received ACT scores from 61% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 32 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Stanford University  ( 32 to 35 )

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Stanford University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Stanford, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Stanford University is 99%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  99 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Stanford University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Stanford University has a freshmen retention rate of 98%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  98 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Stanford for first-time, full-time students is 75%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  75 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Stanford University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Stanford

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 7,087 full-time undergraduates at Stanford.

Stanford Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 99.97 out of 100, Stanford is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.97 out of 100
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How Much Does Stanford University Cost?

The overall average net price of Stanford is $12,265. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Stanford

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$1,226 $113 $451 $10,928 $43,779

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Stanford, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Stanford, approximately 8% of students took out student loans averaging $8,382 a year. That adds up to $33,528 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Stanford is 1.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Stanford Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Stanford make about $94,000 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Stanford students since it is 136% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Stanford University make the most money.

Location of Stanford University

Stanford University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Stanford, California. Stanford is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Location of Stanford University

Contact details for Stanford are given below.

Contact Details
Phone: 650-723-2300

Stanford University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 75 majors graduated from Stanford University. Of these students, 1,892 received undergraduate degrees and 3,428 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Computer Science 330 $126,400
Human Biology 125 $36,200
Other Engineering 123 $63,100
Engineering-Related Fields 93 NA
Economics 86 $80,900
Cognitive Science 80 NA
Mechanical Engineering 79 $78,200
General Biology 72 $35,900
Science, Technology & Society 70 $75,900
Electrical Engineering 63 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Stanford University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Stanford

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 877 students took at least one online class at Stanford University. This is a decrease from the 962 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 877 0
2016-2017 962 0
2015-2016 767 0
2014-2015 704 0
2013-2014 793 0

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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