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Stanford University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Stanford, California. The suburban atmosphere of Stanford makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

260 Undergraduate Degrees
368 Graduate Degrees
$48,172 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
5% Acceptance Rate

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Stanford University Rankings

Stanford landed the #2 spot in our 2023 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 758 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! Stanford also holds the #2 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Stanford has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Stanford.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#53 Best Value Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Stanford has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Computer & Information Sciences Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#1 Best Computer Science Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#1 Best Computer Science Graduate Degree Schools College Factual
#2 Best Schools Grad Degree
#36 Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#66 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Stanford University?


Contact details for Stanford are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-723-2300

How Do I Get Into Stanford?

You can apply to Stanford online at:

Admission Requirements for Stanford

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Stanford?

5% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
72% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Stanford is 5%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 5%, and the acceptance rate for women is 6%.

Average Test Scores

About 72% 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 700 and 770. Math scores were between 720 and 800.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Stanford University  ( 700 to 770 )

SAT Math Scores for Stanford University  ( 720 to 800 )
Stanford received ACT scores from 45% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 33 and 36. Math scores were between 30 and 35. Composite scores were between 31 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Stanford University  ( 33 to 36 )
ACT Math Scores for Stanford University  ( 30 to 35 )
ACT Composite Scores for Stanford University  ( 31 to 35 )

Can I Afford Stanford University?

$48,172 Net Price
7% Take Out Loans
0.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Stanford is $48,172. 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.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Stanford, approximately 7% of students took out student loans averaging $11,765 a year. That adds up to $47,060 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.

Stanford University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,752 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,366 undergraduate students at Stanford, with 5,752 being full-time and 614 being part-time.


There are also 9,587 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,752 full-time undergraduates at Stanford, 49% are male and 51% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Stanford University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,403
Black or African American 456
Hispanic or Latino 992
White 1,616
International Students 649
Other Races/Ethnicities 636

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Stanford University. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 127 countries are represented at Stanford. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Canada.

Online Learning at Stanford University

0 Took All Classes Online
936 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 936 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Stanford has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 2nd most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Stanford

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Stanford University was $56,169 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how Stanford is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Computer Science #64 #64
Computer Science #64 #64

This is the #1,285 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Stanford regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Stanford ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Stanford.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Science #85
Computer Science #85

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Stanford University Computer Science Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Science 260 332 36 628
TOTAL 260 332 36 628


*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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