Stanford University

Stanford University


As a respected leader in both the sciences and the humanities, Stanford brings together extraordinary faculty members and students in the pursuit of excellence. Opportunities for discovery begin in the classroom and extend into the rich research life of campus laboratories, libraries, studios and beyond. Learning outside the classroom is also supported by a vibrant residential system that emphasizes service and community. Students may choose to participate in a vast array of educational opportunities, including undergraduate research programs, departmental honors programs and overseas study programs. Stanford has a strong commitment to diversity - about half of the Class of 2019 is made up of students of color and 15% of the incoming freshmen are the first in their families to attend college.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Office of Undergraduate Admission

Partnering with various local and regional community-based organizations, the Office of Undergraduate Admission provides guided campus tours and college information sessions designed to help students think about and prepare for the transition to higher education. The Office of Undergraduate Admission also offers college preparatory workshops in partnership with the following annual Stanford community conferences and programs: the American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s (AISES) College Life and Undergraduate Education for Interested Natives (CLUE-IN) Day, the Black Student Union & Black Community Services Center Youth Empowerment Conference, the Stanford Hmong Outreach Program Promoting Education (SHOPPE), MEChA de Stanford’s Raza Day and the Pilipino American Student Union’s (PASU) Kapatid mentoring program. Learn more about Office of Undergraduate Admission

Academic Advising & Support Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR)

Academic advising is key to a successful undergraduate experience. Stanford offers a wealth of intellectual opportunities, both in and outside the classroom. The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) helps you take full advantage of all that is available as you create your own unique path through your undergraduate career. UAR advisers work directly with you in one-on-one interactions to help you develop your scholarly interests before and after you declare a major, overcome obstacles to your academic success, immerse yourself in your chosen field, engage with faculty, take advantage of academic opportunities and resources outside of your major department and, for some students, prepare for post-baccalaureate study. Learn more about Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR)

Student Life & Support Diversity at Stanford

In addition to the faculty advisers that the Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) department assigns to all freshmen, Expanded Advising Programs work in conjunction with campus community centers. Stanford’s four ethnic community centers, including the Asian American Activities Center, Black Community Services Center, El Centro Chicano y Latino and the Native American Cultural Center, assist students in their success by offering additional resources and support networks. Stanford’s ethnic-themed houses - Ujamaa, Casa Zapata, Muwekma-tah-ruk and Okada - all serve to further these networks as well. Learn more about Diversity at Stanford

Student Life & Support The Diversity and First Gen Office

Our mission is to support students as they evolve into leaders in a pluralistic world. Specifically, the Diversity and First Gen Office supports both the campus and academic life of first generation and/or low-income students through office initiatives and campus partnerships. It also offers leadership in the integration of socioeconomic issues into campus diversity programs. Our efforts focus on creating leaders who will thrive in a pluralistic world, integrating their own multiple identities and negotiating status differences. Learn more about The Diversity and First Gen Office

Student Diversity

  • 6,994
  • 52/48
  • 15%
    First-generation college students
  • 2%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 23%
  • 8%
    Black or African American
  • 13%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 38%
  • 11%
    Two or more races
  • n/a
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 8%

Student Success

  • 98%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 94%
    Six-year graduation
  • 92%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 96%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,589
    Full-time faculty
  • 359
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 4:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Computer Science, Biology, Engineering, Economics, Science, Technology & Society

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian American Student Association (AASA), Black Student Union (BSU), Hmong Student Union (HSU), Hui 'O Hawai'i, MEChA de Stanford, Pilipino American Student Union (PASU), Queer Straight Alliance (QSA), Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO), Multiracial Identified Community at Stanford (MICS), Stanford Society of Chicano/Latino Engineering Scientists, Kaorihiva Polynesian Dance Group, First Generation Low Income Partnership (FLIP)


Cost of Attendance

  • $47,331
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $609
    Required Fees
  • $14,601
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $144,165,756
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $49,220
    Average aid package
  • $21,238
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 16%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 49%
    Students with financial need
  • 98%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 97%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • n/a
    # of applicants
  • n/a
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 33
    ACT Composite
  • 700—800
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 700—800
    SAT Math
  • 700—800
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/3
    Regular application closing date
  • $90
    Application Fee
  • $90
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/ 1
    Early action application closing date