Stanford University

About

Stanford University was founded in 1885 by California senator Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, “to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization.” When railroad magnate and former California Gov. Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford, lost their only child, Leland, Jr., to typhoid in 1884, they decided to build a university as the most fitting memorial, and deeded to it a large fortune that included the 8,180-acre Palo Alto stock farm that became the campus. The campus is located within the traditional territory of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. The Stanfords made their plans just as the modern research university was taking form. Leland Stanford Junior University – still its legal name – opened Oct. 1, 1891.
Location

Stanford, CA

Undergraduates

7,083

Setting

Urban

Academic Calendar

Quarter

Student-Faculty Ratio

5:1

Total Applicants

44,073

Academics

0
Average SAT
0%
Acceptance Rate
0
Average ACT

Test Scores

Test Optional

School Type

Private

Application Fee

$90

Recommendation Letters

Required

Transcripts

Final, Mid-Year

Application

Common Application, Coalition Application

Graduation Rate

96%

Retention Rate

99%

First-Year Enrollment

1,700

Demographics

Racial/Ethnic Diversity
Gender Ratio
0%
Percent International
0%
First Generation
0%
Receiving Pell Grant

Out-of-State Tuition

$51,354

Cost of Attendance

$51,354

In-State Tuition

$69,109

Deadlines

Early Decision:

N/A

Early Action:

N/A

Regular Decision:

01/02/2022

Admissions Cycles:

Early Action
Regular Decision