Stanford University

Stanford University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Stanford University Ranked?

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2022 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 1,395 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general music.

Overall Quality

Stanford is ranked #3 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! This is an improvement over the previous year, when Stanford held the #6 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

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

See all of the rankings for Stanford University.

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

The student to faculty ratio at Stanford is an impressive 5 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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

The freshmen retention rate of 99% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Stanford University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  99 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.

Stanford University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 6,996 full-time undergraduates at Stanford.

How Much Does Stanford University Cost?

The overall average net price of Stanford is $11,496. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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 0.5%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Stanford make around $94,000 per year during the early years of their employment. 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

Located in Stanford, California, Stanford University is a private not-for-profit institution. Stanford is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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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, 1,771 received undergraduate degrees and 2,907 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 307 $126,400
Human Biology 142 $36,200
Cognitive Science 106 NA
Other Engineering 105 $63,100
Economics 90 $80,900
Engineering-Related Fields 76 NA
General Biology 63 $35,900
Political Science & Government 57 NA
Mechanical Engineering 54 $78,200
Child Development & Psychology 52 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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2018-2019, 903 students took at least one online class at Stanford University. This is an increase from the 877 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 903 0
2017-2018 877 0
2016-2017 962 0
2015-2016 767 0
2013-2014 793 0

Learn more about online learning at Stanford University.

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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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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