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IPEDS ID: 243744
OPE ID: 00130500
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Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305
General information:  (650) 723-2300
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  17,534 (7,064 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  12 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Athletic Graduation
Mission Statement

From the Stanford University Founding Grant, November 11, 1885:

...the Nature, Object, and Purposes of the Institution Hereby Founded, to Be:

Its nature, that of a university with such seminaries of learning as shall make it of the highest grade, including mechanical institutes, museums, galleries of art, laboratories, and conservatories, together with all things necessary for the study of agriculture in all its branches, and for mechanical training, and the studies and exercises directed to the cultivation and enlargement of the mind:

Its object, to qualify its students for personal success, and direct usefulness in life;

And its purposes, to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization, teaching the blessings of liberty regulated by law, and inculcating love and reverence for the great principles of government as derived from the inalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education – graduate programs offered
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2017Full timePart time
Total faculty4,3392,875
Research and public service8292,418
Total graduate assistants-3,422
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
Tuition and fees$44,757$46,320$47,940$49,6173.5%
Books and supplies$1,425$1,425$1,455$1,4550.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$13,631$14,107$14,601$15,1123.5%
Total Expenses2014-20152015-20162016-20172017-2018% change 2016-2017 to 2017-2018
On Campus$62,363$64,477$66,696$69,1093.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2017-2018
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2016-2017
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,16167%————
Grant or scholarship aid87250%$43,717,111$50,134
Federal grants24814%$1,399,980$5,645
Pell grants24814%$1,136,646$4,583
Other federal grants1328%$263,334$1,995
State/local government grant or scholarships593%$531,635$9,011
Institutional grants or scholarships87050%$41,785,496$48,029
Student loan aid1448%$1,174,280$8,155
Federal student loans1358%$711,134$5,268
Other student loans201%$463,146$23,157
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,20060%$186,764,151$44,468
Pell grants1,06715%$4,781,443$4,481
Federal student loans68810%$4,017,956$5,840
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$19,245$16,695$16,562
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2014-20152015-20162016-2017
$0 – $30,000$1,932$1,630$0
$30,001 – $48,000$2,023$4,035$2,548
$48,001 – $75,000$6,438$4,061$3,047
$75,001 – $110,000$14,316$12,228$11,456
$110,001 and more$41,703$39,853$39,317
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2017
Total enrollment17,534
Undergraduate enrollment7,064
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment27
Graduate enrollment10,470
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 100%
Part-time: 0%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 22%
Black or African American: 7%
Hispanic/Latino: 16%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 36%
Two or more races: 10%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 9%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 98%
25 and over: 2%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 35%
Out-of-state: 53%
Foreign countries: 12%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2016.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 87%
Part-time: 13%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 9%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 91%
Undergraduate application fee (2017-2018): $90
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2017
Number of applicants44,07323,25420,819
Percent admitted5%4%5%
Percent admitted who enrolled82%81%82%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2017 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing690760
SAT Math700780
ACT Composite3235
ACT English3336
ACT Math3035
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 98%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2016 and Returned in Fall 2017
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 98 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2017.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 94%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 75%
6-year: 94%
8-year: 96%
[Began in Fall 2011]
4-year: 75%
6-year: 94%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2009 or Fall 2011
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 94%
Female: 95%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 78%
Asian: 95%
Black or African American: 92%
Hispanic/Latino: 94%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 96%
Two or more races: 93%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 67%
Non-resident alien: 92%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 96%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 95%
Enrolled at same institution: 1%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Received a Bachelor's degree: 97%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 96%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2016-2017
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African Studies-5--
African-American/Black Studies16---
American Indian/Native American Studies1---
American/United States Studies/Civilization10---
Area Studies, Other3-3-
East Asian Studies431--
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other10---
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies1---
Latin American Studies-15--
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies-10--
Category total45613-
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other--7-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other--4-
Biology/Biological Sciences, General791231-
Biomedical Sciences, General-0--
Cell Physiology--1-
Developmental Biology and Embryology-03-
Human/Medical Genetics-812-
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other-16-
Oncology and Cancer Biology--5-
Structural Biology--2-
Category total7943102-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-39121-
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other-89--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other-2--
Category total-48221-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other21408-
Technical and Scientific Communication-5--
Category total21458-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science273243d33-
Category total273243d33-
Biology Teacher Education-8--
Chemistry Teacher Education-3--
Earth Science Teacher Education-2--
Education, General-90d31-
Elementary Education and Teaching-26--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-16--
Foreign Language Teacher Education-1--
French Language Teacher Education-1--
History Teacher Education-1--
Mathematics Teacher Education-13--
Physics Teacher Education-0--
Social Science Teacher Education-17--
Spanish Language Teacher Education-1--
Category total-179d31-
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering-61d170
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering2739d15-
Chemical Engineering3541d181
Civil Engineering, General7181d20d3d
Electrical and Electronics Engineering60167d700
Engineering, Other112175-
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering10---
Materials Engineering961d25-
Mechanical Engineering85142d323
Petroleum Engineering-640
Category total345715d206d7d
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management5497d19-
Category total5497d19-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General3684-
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other-35-
Category total36119-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature364-
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General1332-
Comparative Literature11-1-
French Language and Literature110-
German Language and Literature206-
Italian Language and Literature0-1-
Japanese Language and Literature301-
Russian Language and Literature103-
Spanish Language and Literature0-3-
Category total401525-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Community Health and Preventive Medicine-14--
Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine-2--
Medical Informatics-19d7-
Public Health, General-4--
Category total-39d81-
History, General381211-
Category total381211-
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General-824-
Category total-82201-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-13--
Category total-13--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, Other41---
Computational and Applied Mathematics-57d15-
Mathematics, General28320-
Statistics, General-72d23-
Category total69132d58-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cognitive Science634--
Human Biology126---
Science, Technology and Society84---
Category total2734--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other-214-
Category total-214-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other3---
Religion/Religious Studies036-
Category total14914-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General17532-
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other21125-
Geology/Earth Science, General2924--
Geophysics and Seismology3514-
Physics, General231036-
Physics, Other-14d26-
Category total7469d133-
Psychology, General5894-
Category total5894-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Policy Analysis, General1521--
Category total1521--
Social Sciences
Economics, General831422-
International Relations and Affairs5519--
Political Science and Government, General4458-
Urban Studies/Affairs5---
Category total2036148-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation1143-
Cinematography and Film/Video Production-7--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General423-
Film/Cinema/Video Studies5---
Fine/Studio Arts, General85--
Industrial and Product Design-4--
Music Theory and Composition--1-
Music, General4135-
Category total323512-
Grand total1,6692,3981,0237
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2016-2017
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 35
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 72
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $21,433
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $27,991
Full-time students: 50%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2016-2017 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-FBSMenWomen
All Track Combined116103
Beach Volleyball17
Field Hockey21
Swimming and Diving3328
Synchronized Swimming12
Water Polo2323
Other Sports33
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
WASC Senior College and University Commission Accredited since (02/28/1949)12/31/2012
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schoolsAccredited since ((!)01/01/1923)08/31/2026
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Counseling Psychology (COPSY) - PhD Doctoral programsAccredited (04/19/1985 - 08/31/2008)
Liaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degreeAccredited since (07/01/1942)12/31/2022
 No Longer Recognized  National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schoolsAccredited (10/20/2002 - 09/23/2015)
Accreditor / Program / DepartmentStatusNext Review Date
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs Vaden Health CenterAccredited since (06/12/2008)12/31/2015
Professional Psychology (RPSY) - Postdoctoral residency programs Department of Psychiatry - Clinical Psychology ProgramAccredited since (03/19/2013)12/31/2020
Professional Psychology (RPSY) - Postdoctoral residency programs Department of Psychiatry - Clinical Child Psychology ProgramAccredited since (03/19/2013)12/31/2020
  • (!) Estimated date
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs:
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession245
Drug law violations61717
Liquor law violations387062
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape020
Aggravated assault903
Motor vehicle theft203633
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Statutory rape000
Aggravated assault202
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201520142013
Default rate0.5%1.0%0.7%
Number in default5129
Number in repayment9591,1031,165
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)