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Academics

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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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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are difficult but intellectually stimulating.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of research opportunities in labs and clinics.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Academics are a strong point of the school with lots of good classes and professors.

3 people found this useful Report
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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
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,575
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
222
Total FT Faculty
3,249
Faculty with Terminal Degree
98%
Average Faculty Salary
$131,504
Full-Time Retention Rate
98%
Graduation Rate
95%
Programs/Majors Offered
120
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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 courserank.stanford.edu 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

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 18% Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page - Founders of Google
  • 12% Sandra Day O'Connor - Supreme Court Justice
  • 12% Herbert Hoover - 31st U.S. president
  • 12% Tiger Woods - professional golfer
  • 12% Steve Ballmer - CEO, Microsoft
  • 6% Carleton Fiorina - CEO Hewlett Packard
  • 6% David Filo - co-founder of Yahoo!
  • 6% Founder of snapchat
  • 3% Chih-Yuan "Jerry" Yang - co-founder of Yahoo!
  • 3% Joe Coulombe - founder, Trader Joe's
  • 3% Sally Ride - First woman in sapce
  • 3% Sergey Brin - Co-founder of Google
  • 3% Larry Page - Co-founder of Google
  • 3% Tiger Woods
  • 0% Joel Stein - Humorist/columnist for the LA Times
  • 0% Ted Koppel - former "Nightline" anchor
  • 0% Candice Wiggins - WNBA player
  • 0% John Elway - NFL quarterback
  • 0% Sigourney Weaver - Actress
  • 0% Brook Lopez - NBA player

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 46 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 strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 44 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 8 responses

Never
Always
  • 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 7 responses

  • 71% This was my dream school.
  • 29% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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