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Computer Science at Stanford University

If you plan to study computer science, take a look at what Stanford University has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

Stanford is located in Stanford, California and has a total student population of 17,249. In the 2018-2019 academic year, 330 students received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Stanford.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Computer Science section at the bottom of this page.

Stanford Computer Science Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science
  • Master’s Degree in Computer Science
  • Doctorate Degree in Computer Science

Online Classes Are Available at Stanford

Online courses are a good option for students who need a more flexible schedule that allows them to pursue an education when and where they want. Whether you're going to school part-time or full-time, you may find distance education the right choice for you.

Are you one of the many who prefer to take online classes? Stanford offers distance education options for computer science at the following degree levels:

  • Master’s Degree

Stanford Computer Science Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the computer science progam at Stanford compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: While rankings may be a good starting point when you're researching a school, they don't necessarily highlight all of a school's strengths. Don't forget to check out the other details that are available for a school to see if it has what you're looking for in a program.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The computer science major at Stanford is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Computer Science. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Best Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools 2
Best Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools 2
Best Computer Science Schools 2
Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools 3
Most Popular Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools 5
Most Popular Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools 7
Most Focused Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools 8
Most Popular Computer Science Schools 11
Most Focused Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools 12
Best Value Computer Science Doctor’s Degree Schools 15
Most Popular Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools 16
Most Focused Computer Science Schools 21
Best Value Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools 27
Best Value Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools 29
Most Focused Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools 37
Best Value Computer Science Schools 47

In 2019, 279 students received their master’s degree in computer science from Stanford. This makes it the #5 most popular school for computer science master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 31 students who received their doctoral degrees in computer science, making the school the #7 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Computer Science Student Demographics at Stanford

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the computer science majors at Stanford University.

Stanford Computer Science Bachelor’s Program

33% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 330 students who earned a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Stanford in 2018-2019, 67% were men and 33% were women. The typical computer science bachelor's degree program is made up of only 22% women. So female students are more repesented at Stanford since its program graduates 12% more women than average.

Stanford Gender Breakdown of Computer Science Bachelor's Degree Grads

Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 30% more racial-ethnic minorities in its computer science bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's in computer science.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Computer Science Majors at Stanford University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 128
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 36
White 88
International Students 34
Other Races/Ethnicities 33

Stanford Computer Science Master’s Program

30% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 279 computer science students who graduated with a master's degree in 2018-2019 from Stanford, about 70% were men and 30% were women.

Stanford Gender Breakdown of Computer Science Master's Degree Grads

In the computer science master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 48% of degree recipients. That is 15% better than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Stanford University with a master's in computer science.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Computer Science Majors at Stanford University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 93
Black or African American 8
Hispanic or Latino 18
White 61
International Students 80
Other Races/Ethnicities 19

Stanford also has a doctoral program available in computer science. In 2019, 31 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Computer Science Grads May Go Into

A degree in computer science can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for CA, the home state for Stanford University.

Occupation Jobs in CA Average Salary in CA
Software Applications Developers 148,550 $127,950
Systems Software Developers 88,910 $131,700
Computer Workers 74,690 $103,270
Computer and Information Systems Managers 63,640 $180,250
Computer Programmers 29,740 $97,470

References

*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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