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Stanford University

Stanford, California

About Stanford University

Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose, Stanford University is in the heart of Northern California’s dynamic Silicon Valley. Situated on 8,180 acres, Stanford is one of the largest campuses in the United States with 18 interdisciplinary research institutes and seven schools on a single campus. It has a reputation for producing entrepreneurial students who go on to produce, invent, develop and champion globally significant initiatives.

A Brief History
A brief history

Stanford University was founded in 1885 by California senator Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, “to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilisation".

General info
General information

Schools include: the Graduate School of Business; School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Graduate School of Education, and the Schools of Engineering; Humanities & Sciences; Medicine & Law.

4.6% (approx)

Acceptance Rate

1460 - 1580

Average SAT Score

32 - 35

Average ACT Score

3.7 - 4.0

GPA Aim (top of class)
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Quick facts about Stanford

  • Undergrad degree: 4 year liberal arts
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Setting: Small city / suburban
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 6,996 (approx)
  • Number of Freshman: 1,698 (approx)
  • Acceptance Rate: 4.6% (approx)
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Stanford by the numbers

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What is the median starting salary of Stanford graduates?

$55,000 USD

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How hard is it to get into Stanford?

Very! While Stanford no longer publishes it’s acceptance rates, it is estimated they are below 5%.

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Virtual tour of Stanford University

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Notable alumni

Stanford counts numerous Nobel Laureates within its alumni community including economist Alvin E. Roth (2012) and Chemistry winner Roger D. Kornberg. The university also boasts notable alumni from the worlds of art, social sciences, business, politics, humanities, media, sports and technology. Just some of Stanford's famous ex-students include golfer Tiger Woods, former US president Herbert Hoover, actor Reece Witherspoon, writer John Steinbeck and Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky.

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Hear from Crimson student, Josh, who was accepted into Stanford's's Class of 2023.

Read how the talented student used his love for building machines to apply as as an intended engineering major at Stanford.

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