At Stanford University, students enjoy an unusual degree of academic freedom. Undergraduates have two years to explore their interests before they’re required to declare a major, and most courses enroll 19 students or fewer, ensuring all students receive personal attention and community.
Most students supplement their classroom education with experiential learning opportunities like internships and research. Stanford provides more than $6 million per year in undergraduate research funding—more than most colleges or universities in the nation.
With 8,180 acres in California’s intellectually dynamic and culturally diverse San Francisco Bay Area, Stanford is able to offer more than 80 residential options to undergraduates. Virtually all undergraduate students live on campus, with housing guaranteed for all four years, creating a highly residential, tight-knit community.
Located in Silicon Valley—the global epicenter of high tech—Stanford faculty, alumni, and students value transformative ideas and set them in motion. Stanford’s graduates have sparked some of the most innovative enterprises in modern history and have created more than 39,900 companies.
Vibrant student life
The arts scene at Stanford is alive with both professional and student voices, featuring film archives, orchestral concerts, and visiting Broadway legends—not to mention a collection of visual arts pieces spanning 4,000 years. Study abroad is another integral part of life at Stanford. About half of the student body takes advantage of one of Stanford’s 11 centers around the globe before graduation.
Stanford is committed to a need-blind admission policy for US citizens and eligible non-citizens and to providing a comprehensive financial aid program for all admitted students who demonstrate need. Approximately 68% of undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance, with 83% graduating debt-free. To learn more, go to financialaid.stanford.edu.
#5 among “Most Innovative Schools” | U.S. News & World Report
#5 for service learning | U.S. News & World Report
#6 for undergraduate research and creative projects | U.S. News & World Report
#4 of the 2020 “World’s Best Universities” | Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
#7 of 2020 “Best US Colleges” | Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
• 6,994 undergraduate students
• 9,390 graduate students
• 2,240 faculty members
• 5:1 student-faculty ratio
• 31 MacArthur Fellows
• 17 Nobel Laureates
• Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
• Humanities & Sciences
• 83% of students graduating debt-free
• $55,569 average financial aid award to most recent freshman class
• 17% Pell Grant recipients
• Approximately 900 student-athletes
• 36 Division I teams in 2020–2021; 25 Division I teams in 2021
• 31 club sports teams
“No one at Stanford is ever content sitting still and accepting the status quo. From our undergrads to our fantastic dining staff to even the most senior administrators, everyone seems eager to press forward and find a better way.”
“Preparing for my senior year, I have many of the same feelings I did on move-in day: anxiety from the unknown of my future, yet excitement from the new. But I know that Stanford will always be home for me.”
“Stanford uniquely offers flexibility and encourages you to study a breadth of topics! Also, the freshman community here is incredibly welcoming. Regardless of your niche, you'll find collaborative students and supportive faculty who are ready to support your ambitions.”