Stanford University

1,072 reviews
  1. Stanford, CA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B+
Stanford University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Pac-12 Conference
Address
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

Stanford University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
5%
SAT Range
1380-1570
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$90
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$17,952/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $2,841/ year
  • $30-48k
    $4,879/ year
  • $49-75k
    $7,576/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,212/ year
  • $110k+
    $36,240/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.71 responses
89%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.73 responses
47%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.73 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,019Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
15%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Brilliant and humble
    47%
  • Friendly but stressed
    21%
  • Laid back
    12%
  • Passionate
    12%
  • Collaborative and record-breaking
    6%
  • Stressed
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
71%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.79 responses
Poll
52%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.95 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • The dream
    44%
  • Awesome
    25%
  • Great environment for academic and personal growth
    17%
  • Creates opportunities for students
    6%
  • Many opportunities, choice paralysis, still great
    6%
  • Overrated for sure but still pretty great
    3%

After Stanford University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$80,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
95%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses

Reviews

1,072 reviews
  • Excellent
    372
  • Very Good
    406
  • Average
    236
  • Poor
    40
  • Terrible
    18
There are three dorm options for freshmen--all-frosh dorms, 4-class dorms, and one freshman-sophomore dorm. All-freshmen dorms offer an exciting atmosphere, because everyone's new, excited, and eager to make friends. 4-class dorms are a little more subdued (fewer parties usually), but freshmen get the benefit of easy access to advice and guidance from upper-classmen. Most upper-classmen, especially juniors and seniors, live in houses on campus (there are 30-50 people per house). Some are co-ops, which means that residents are responsible for cooking/cleaning, but have a great deal of autonomy over the house (there are no university staff positioned in the house; students have free reign). A more common type of housing, self-ops, offers slightly less autonomy, but things like cooking and cleaning are taken care of by in-house university employees (no need to go to dining halls). There is also apartment-style housing on campus for students who want to live more independently. Generally, housing is spacious compared to other schools, and the buildings are in great condition!
  • College Senior
  • Dec 30 2014
Stanford sports teams are consistently among the best--if not the best--in the nation. Stanford has won the Division I Director's Cup the last 20 years in a row. The school has stellar athletes and stellar facilities, which are all located on campus--no need to travel around the town. There are multiple gyms on campus, a rock climbing wall, multiple swimming pools, tennis courts, fields, etc. Some dorms have their own basketball courts, volleyball courts, and grass or turf fields for casual play. The only less appealing thing about Stanford sports is student attendance--there's usually a big crowd at the football and basketball games, but because Stanford students are so busy (academics, clubs, social life, etc.), the attendance at other games leaves something to be desired. There's still a lot of school spirit though; Stanford students love their school!
  • College Senior
  • Dec 30 2014
Inclusive and Supportive – I can't speak for any of the other language majors, but as a Japanese major, I've found the majority of classes to be intimate, quick, and easily adaptable when it comes to offered times and clashing schedules; the workload, comfortable enough to balance with a social life (unlike engineering!); the professors, nothing but helpful and understanding. The Japanese language building, although on the small side, is a great resource for students - there are always up-to-date posters and fliers for on-going events, internship opportunities, and tutorial help. The major boasts two Study Abroad programs (Bing Overseas, and Kyoto Consortium), both of which are top-notch and immersive programs that can be paired with internships or extensive community involvement while abroad. Overall it's a small but very well-connected major that has an abundance of resources and opportunities!
  • College Junior
  • July 9 2011