Stanford, CA
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5 College Student

Academics: Everything about academics is pretty amazing. I'm very happy.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Stanford is simply the best school in the world. The academics are top notch, and even though it's hard, it's worth it.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Economics and math are strong at Stanford.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Best professors and students in the world

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Academics: I haven't declared a major yet but I'm on the mailing lists for some programs and they are always sending out research opportunities, new courses, internships/jobs for breaks and summer quarter, etc.

5 people found this useful Report

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Most Available Classes
  • 1st
    Smartest Professors
  • 3rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 6th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 9th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandria Butler
St. Louis, MO
Communications, Spanish
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Stanford is known for its great academics. You can take any class you like, and if a desired class isn't offered, you can work with a department and an adviser to start a new class. For upperclassmen, it is very rare to have a class that has more than 30 people. Most classes are very small, and you have the opportunity to build relationships with award-winning professors. Stanford is all about collective learning; it is very common for students to be actively involved in study groups for their classes. 

Professors are highly accessible and truly make an effort to get to know undergraduates. Some students may feel that their introductory classes are too large, but the overwhelming sentiment is that the education you get here truly is first rate.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 70%
  • 20 to 49 students: 17%
  • 50 or more students: 13%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • School of Earth Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities & Sciences
  • School of Medicine
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Computer Science: 3%
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering: 3%
  • Engineering/Industrial Management: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign language
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
There are some online classes in certain departments and programs, but mostly students participate in on-campus classes.
Best Places to Study
  • Bender Room
  • The CoHo (coffeehouse)
  • Green Library Stacks
  • The History Corner
  • Law Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Find a good study group.
  • Get out and go to parties.
  • Go to office hours.
  • Join a student group, but don't join too many.
  • Live in a different dorm every year-get to know people, learn from everybody, and get to know a new environment.
  • Pick classes you actually like.
  • Use when deciding classes. It is an online class review site that lists every class offered as well as comments from former students.
Did You Know?
  • Stanford is on the quarter system. Students typically attend three quarters each year: autumn, winter, and spring. Courses are measured in units, where each unit roughly corresponds to three hours of work per week. It takes 180 units to graduate, and on average, students enroll in 15 units per quarter.
  • Every quarter during the week before finals (called Dead Week), students gather at midnight to partake in a tradition called the "Primal Scream," where students scream to alleviate stress.
  • You can create your own major. If you do not find a major that fits your academic passion, you can create your own major with the help of advisers. Just present a proposal, find professors that are also interested in your subject, and go for it. The possibilities are endless.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 44 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 42 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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