Stanford University Profile

Stanford University, founded in 1891, is a private, comprehensive, research-intensive university, where teaching, learning and research are part of a single enterprise. Stanford’s enterprising character draws from its Western location and from the legacy of Jane and Leland Stanford. Its areas of excellence range from the humanities to the social sciences, engineering and the sciences. The layout and character of Stanford’s Quadrangle were developed by Frederick Olmsted, designer of New York’s Central Park. The 8,180-acre campus includes Moorish Spanish and French Romanesque architecture. It is located in Stanford, adjacent to Palo Alto, 30 miles south of San Francisco.

Institution Type: Private
Coeducational: Yes
Undergraduate Students 6,602
– Women3,212 (48.7%)
– Men3,390 (51.3%)
Graduate Students: 11,896


Entrance Difficulty Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate 8% of 30,429 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline January 1

Selection of Students
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Essay X
Extracurricular Activities X

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA Not reported
SAT Math 680-780 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 660-760 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing 670-760 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite 30-34 range of middle 50%


Academic Calendar System Quarter
General Education/
Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates 1,008
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 22% of classes
10-19 students: 29% of classes
20-29 students: 7% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 29% of classes
50-59 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 4% of classes
Stanford Population 58,598
Nearest Metropolitan Area San Francisco
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 91% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
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Financial Aid Office

Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process
Application Deadline Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification On a rolling basis beginning April 3
Methodology for Awarding
Institutional Aid Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
Code is 001305 Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional

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