United States Universities, Colleges and Schools


Universities Colleges Schools Visas A-Z Countries Add Your School/Course Request Information

Study at Stanford University

Stanford University, popularly called Stanford, is a private research university located in Stanford, California, United States. It was founded in 1885 by the former Governor of California and future U. S. Senator, Leland Stanford, and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford. The university enrolls more than 6, 000 undergraduate and over 7, 000 graduate students. The campus is spread across an area of 8, 183 acres. Stanford offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse Course Topics.

Stanford is made up of many academic schools that offer various graduate and undergraduate programs. They are:

  • School of Business
  • School of Earth Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Humanities and Sciences
  • School of Law
Stanford participates in the NCAA's Division I-A, and is a member of the Pacific-10 Conference. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Stanford Cardinals.

Profile of Stanford University

Students attend Stanford University in Stanford, California. a large suburb. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Stanford University degrees go up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in science, engineering, mathematics, and computer science and engineering.

Stanford University Selectivity

Stanford University is selective and does not offer open admission. One sign of prestige is that the school only let in 10% of those who applied in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 660. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 680 and 790.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Stanford University has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

There are 19, 782 students at Stanford University . The school has a large minority student population.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Stanford University. The school has a residential or campus feel. Stanford University offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Pacific-10 Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"From the Stanford University Founding Grant, November 11, 188 . . . the Nature, Object, and Purposes of the Institution Hereby Founded, to Be: Its nature, that of a university with such seminaries of learning as shall make it of the highest grade, including mechanical institutes, museums, galleries of art, laboratories, and conservatories, together with all things necessary for the study of agriculture in all its branches, and for mechanical training, and the studies and exercises directed to the cultivation and enlargement of the mind: Its object, to qualify its students for personal success, and direct usefulness in life; and its purposes, to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization, teaching the blessings of liberty regulated by law, and inculcating love and reverence for the great principles of government as derived from the inalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. "

Stanford University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Engineering1, 364electrical engineering, engineering management, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, various engineering courses, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, materials engineering, . . .
Liberal Arts1, 096economics, interdisciplinary studies, English, history, international relations, political science, sociology, anthropology, . . .
Science536biology, chemistry, physics, geology, physics courses, geological and earth sciences, science and society, geophysics, . . .
Business and Management461business management, business administration, business and related services
Computer Science and Engineering243computer science
Education and Teaching230Education
Law214law, advanced legal research
Mathematics188statistics, mathematics, applied mathematics courses, computational mathematics
Therapy and Counselling169psychology, cognitive science
Medicine86medicine, neuroscience
Media57media studies
Art Studies38art studies
Family and Social Work34public policy analysis
Religion and Philosophy31philosophy, religion, philosophy and religious studies
Music29music, music theory and composition
Medical administration17medical informatics, health and medical administrative
Drama and Performing Arts12drama
Photography and Commercial Art11film studies, cinematography
Conservation and Resource Management5conservation courses

Contact: Stanford University

Stanford University

Stanford, California 94305

General Phone: (650) 723-2300


Get Your Degree!

Find schools and get information on the program that’s right for you.

Powered by Campus Explorer