Diversity at Stanford University
Stanford University students and faculty come to campus from all over the world, bringing with them a vast range of backgrounds. The diversity on Stanford's campus is represented in our classes, student organizations, residential life, and seven community centers. Each of the seven centers has its own mission and is individually dedicated to Asian American, Black, Latinx, Queer, Muslim, and Native American students and all women on campus. Our community centers and offices have a long and rich history of educating everyone at Stanford.
Our undergraduates represent all 50 states and more than 70 countries. In our most recent freshman class, 19% were the first in their families to attend college, and 12% were international students. In the total undergraduate student body, 23% of students identify themselves as Asian/Asian American, 7% as Black/African American, 17% as Hispanic/Latinx, 1% as Native American/Native Hawaiian/Alaska Native, and 9% as two or more races.
In addition to geographic, racial, and ethnic diversity, the Stanford community attracts a wide array of socioeconomic statuses, genders and gender expressions, sexual orientations, religions, cultures, and educational backgrounds.
Curiosity and openness to new ideas are central to the rigorous liberal arts education at Stanford. From a vibrant residential environment to intellectually charged classrooms, in every corner of campus, students are engaged and diversity is celebrated. We value diversity of thought and encourage all students to bring their beliefs, passions, and perspectives to campus with the willingness to share them, develop them, and see them change. By broadly defining and embracing diversity, Stanford allows students to learn just as much from one another as they do from our world-class faculty. As a result, Stanford students discover how they can positively impact the world around them.
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.
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• 30% faculty of color
• 30% female faculty
• 99% of faculty holding the highest degree in their field
• Asian American Activities Center
• Black Community Services Center
• El Centro Chicano y Latino
• The Markaz: Resource Center
• Native American Cultural Center
• Queer Student Resources
• Women’s Resource Center
• 68% of students receiving some form of aid
• 48% of students awarded need-based Stanford scholarships and grants
• 17% of students receiving Pell Grants
• 83% of students graduating debt-free
• $55,569 average need-based scholarships and grants awarded to incoming freshmen
“Stanford provides access to some of the best professors who are passionate about what they teach, advisors who care about your success, and ethnic housing and community center staff who care about your mental health and sense of self.”
“As a queer, low-income, Southeast Asian woman, I’ve never felt more like myself than I do now after engaging in the numerous opportunities offered at Stanford and listening to the diverse stories of my peers.”
“As a first-generation and low-income college student, I’m still learning to navigate some areas of my college experience, but they’ve made me resilient. I’ve made lifelong friends, met amazing faculty, and had a great educational experience!”