Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford University, popularly called Stanford, is a private research university located in Stanford, California, United States. It was founded in 1885 by the former Governor of California and future U.S. Senator, Leland Stanford, and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford. The university enrolls more than 6,000 undergraduate and over 7,000 graduate students. The campus is spread across an area of 8,183 acres. Stanford offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study.

Stanford is made up of many academic schools that offer various graduate and undergraduate programs. They are:

  • School of Business
  • School of Earth Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities & Sciences
  • School of Law

Stanford participates in the NCAA's Division I-A, and is a member of the Pacific-10 Conference. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Stanford Cardinals.

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Stanford University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering1,324aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, ...
Liberal Arts1,048African studies, American studies, East Asian studies, Latin American studies, area studies, African-American studies, Native American studies, Hispanic-American studies, Asian-American studies, ...
Science511biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, biochem/biophysics courses, developmental biology and embryology, immunology, microbiology and immunology, ...
Business and Management445business management, business administration, business and related services
Law223law, advanced legal research
Education and Teaching203education
Computer Science and Engineering184computer science
Mathematics156mathematics, computational mathematics, applied mathematics courses, statistics
Therapy and Counseling127cognitive science, psychology
Medicine104neuroscience, medicine
Media63media studies
Religion and Philosophy55philosophy, religion, philosophy and religious studies
Music37music, music theory and composition
Art Studies35art studies
Photography and Commercial Art17film studies, cinematography
Family and Social Work14public policy analysis
Medical Administration14health and medical administrative, medical informatics
Drama and Performing Arts9drama
Conservation and Resource Management5conservation courses

Number of programs and degrees for Stanford University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree1,97480
Doctor's degree67368
Bachelor's degree1,64664
Post-master's certificate1011
First-professional degree2712

Stanford University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Stanford University had a total enrollment of 19,782 students (13,370 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 51%
Women 49%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 34%
Graduate 61%
First Professional 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 36%
Black 4%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 15%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 15%
(Foreign Students) 22%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 15%
20-21 15%
22-24 17%
25-29 24%
30-34 11%
35-39 3%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)8%
New York4%
New Jersey2%
New Mexico1%
North Carolina1%

Stanford University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 98 %

Stanford University Room and Board (2007)

Stanford University offers campus housing for 10,693 of its 13,370 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Stanford University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal650760
SAT Math680780
SAT Writing670760
ACT Verbal3034
ACT Math2935
ACT Composite3034

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT93%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT36%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Stanford University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 36,798
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 36,798
Room and board $ 11,182
Room charge $ 6,200
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,982
Books and supplies $ 1,455
Other expenses $ 2,325

Financial Aid:
Stanford University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 130500)

Stanford University Faculty

Stanford University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year22$207,2024$263,744
Associate professorcalendar year5$148,6721*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*0*
Instructorcalendar year4$81,4791*
Lecturercalendar year92$70,695137$61,379
No academic rankcalendar year292$97,645117$85,839
All faculty totalcalendar year417$97,973260$75,785

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year468$183,765105$176,828
Associate professoracademic year117$130,71252$121,131
Assistant professoracademic year127$102,50576$98,317
All faculty totalacademic year712$160,553233$138,789

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Stanford University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pacific-10 Conference
Basketball Pacific-10 Conference
Baseball Pacific-10 Conference
Track Pacific-10 Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports181222403

Stanford University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Systems Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Policy Analysis

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, Gen (LLM, MCL, MLI, MSL, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
African Studies
African-American/Black Studies
American Indian/Native American Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Area Studies, Other
Asian-American Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics, Other
Computational Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication and Media Studies, Other

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Medical Informatics

Medicine (MD)

Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Cell Physiology
Chemistry, General
Developmental Biology and Embryology
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Human/Medical Genetics
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other
Molecular Pharmacology
Oncology and Cancer Biology
Physics, General
Physics, Other
Science, Technology and Society
Structural Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Science
Psychology, General

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