Stanford is a world-class research university located outside of San Francisco in northern California. 

Approximately 6,800 students are pursuing their undergraduate education in more than 60 fields of study and contributing to a vibrant residential community.

As stated by President John Hennessy, “The Stanford motto, ‘The wind of freedom blows,’ is an invitation to free and open inquiry in the pursuit of teaching and research. The freedom of scholarly inquiry granted to faculty and students at Stanford is our greatest privilege; using this privilege boldly is our objective.”

Teaching, learning and research are part of a single enterprise at Stanford. Faculty and students alike embrace the numerous opportunities -in the classroom, the lab and the library -to merge education with scholarship.

Basic details

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

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 5%
  • Average ACT range: 31-34
  • Average SAT range: 2080-2350
  • 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; Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $64,477


  • 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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