Stanford is a world-class, liberal arts research university located on an 8,000-acre campus outside of San Francisco in northern California.

Approximately 7,000 students are pursuing their undergraduate education in more than 70 fields of study and contributing to a vibrant residential community.

It is known for its entrepreneurial character, drawn from the legacy of its founders, Jane and Leland Stanford. Areas of excellence range from the humanities to social sciences to engineering and the sciences.

The Stanford motto, “The wind of freedom blows,” is an invitation to free and open inquiry in the pursuit of teaching and research. At Stanford, you’ll find a world of infinite possibility.

Basic details

  • Region: West
  • Location: Stanford, California
  • Campus setting: Suburban
  • Type of institution: Private

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 4.7% (for Class of 2021)
  • Average ACT range: 32-35
  • Average SAT range: 1390-1540 (with writing not included)
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance; Anthropology; Archaeology; Area Studies; Art History; Astronomy; Biology; Chemistry; Communications; Computer Science; Dance; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; Engineering; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Geology; History; Humanities; International Relations; Languages; Linguistics; Literature; Mathematics; Medical Sciences; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Public Policy; Sociology; Theology/Religion; Urban Studies
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid; Athletic scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $71,587
  • Additional financial aid information: We have a need-aware admission policy for international citizens, but we meet full demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. We have a need-blind admission policy for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Men's Fencing; Women's Fencing; Women's Field Hockey; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Men's Gymnastics; Women's Gymnastics; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Rowing; Women's Rowing; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Men's Volleyball; Women's Volleyball; Men's Water Polo; Women's Water Polo; Men's Wrestling

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