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Located in Stanford, California, Stanford University is a private not-for-profit institution. Stanford is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

330 Undergraduate Degrees
310 Graduate Degrees
$46,777 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
5% Acceptance Rate

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Stanford University Rankings

Out of the 28 colleges in California, Stanford is ranked at #2.

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 been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Best Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Most Popular Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Most Popular 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
#2 Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 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
#2 Best Colleges for Computer Science College Factual
#4 Best Schools Course Advisor
#6 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#6 Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates College Factual
#8 Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#18 Best Computer & Information Sciences Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Stanford University?

Location of 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
51% Of Accepted Are Women
78% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to Stanford, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 5%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 4%, and the acceptance rate for women is 5%.

Average Test Scores

About 78% 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 690 and 760. Math scores were between 700 and 780.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Stanford University  ( 690 to 760 )

SAT Math Scores for Stanford University  ( 700 to 780 )
Stanford received ACT scores from 61% 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 32 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  ( 32 to 35 )

Can I Afford Stanford University?

$46,777 Net Price
8% Take Out Loans
1.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Stanford is $46,777. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Stanford, approximately 8% of students took out student loans averaging $8,382 a year. That adds up to $33,528 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Stanford is 1.0%. 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

6,996 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are also 10,253 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 6,996 full-time undergraduates at Stanford, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Stanford

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Stanford Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,590
Black or African American 477
Hispanic or Latino 1,156
White 2,264
International Students 748
Other Races/Ethnicities 761

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
877 Took At Least One Class Online
0.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 877 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 3rd most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

This is the #1,560 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Stanford regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Stanford majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Computer Science 3%
Computer Science 3%

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 #50
Computer Science #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 330 279 31 640
TOTAL 330 279 31 640


*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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