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Stanford University

Stanford, California

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Student Population
Stanford University overview
Location Stanford, California
Online stanford.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Stanford University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Stanford, California, Stanford University is a large four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 47,498 prospective students applied, and 2,062 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,698 enrolled in the school.  16,332 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,049 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $52,857 plus fees of $672. Stanford is ranked 2 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



Stanford is rated within the top 1% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


Rankings for Stanford University within the 2021 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Admission Standards
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SAT 1440/1570
ACT 32/35
GPA 4.18
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Jan 3, 2022
Applicant Competition Extreme
Application Fee $90

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Stanford University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,245
Other Fees$672
Room and Board $16,433
Budget for Other Expenses$3,363
Total One Year Cost$74,570

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$122,900 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
96% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Stanford University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 21%
General Studies 16%
Engineering 15%
Biology 7%
Computer and Information Sciences 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=243744 IPEDS survey data for Stanford University.

Current students may use the Stanford University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.