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5 College Freshman

Academics: Stanford is first and foremost a world class academic institution that opens all sorts of doors and has world class professors at every position.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Leading opportunities in every area

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4 College Senior

Academics: While some classes are large and impersonal, those classes always have TAs that are devoted and sections that are small. Professors are world class, though not always world class teachers.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics here are great, we are an academic school.

Workload can be a lot at times but classes are interesting etc

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5 College Senior

Academics: Top notch. While there are some courses that can be seen tedious or boring due to the professor's style of teaching, there are a sleuth of fascinating and interactive courses.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 74 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 36 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 35 responses

  • 74% This was my dream school.
  • 26% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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