stanford university

Stanford University (officially named Leland Stanford Jr. University and commonly known as Stanford) is one of the most frequently searched universities in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of American universities.

Stanford is a private research university located near Palo Alto, California. The university was founded in 1885. These days, Stanford is commonly regarded as one of the world's top universities. The student faculty ratio is approximately 4 to 1. The abundant Stanford faculty currently includes 19 Nobel Laureates. The Stanford University Libraries hold more than 9.3 million volumes and many million digital resources. Stanford also features study abroad programs in China and other faraway places.

Stanford's super selective enrollment consists of about 7,000 undergraduate students and roughly 9,000 graduate students. Stanford's undergraduate program is known to be the most selective in the United States, with an acceptance rate of less than 5 percent. Most students at Stanford scored above 1500 on their high school SATs.

Graduates of Stanford include dozens of billionaires, 17 astronauts, 20 winners of the coveted Turing Award, 13 Nobel Prize winners, five Pulitzer Prize winners, and three winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among other great contributors to humanity. Companies founded by Stanford alumni include Google, Hewlett-Packard, Instagram, Nike, Snapchat, and Yahoo, to name a few.

Stanford is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Scroll down for the answers to some frequently asked questions about Stanford.

stanford university Q&A

1. Where is Stanford University?

Stanford is located at 450 Serra Mall in Stanford, California, 94305-2004. The town of Stanford is situated adjacent to the city of Palo Alto. The college occupies a convenient Bay Area location roughly one hour (by car) southeast of San Francisco, and only about a 30 minute drive northwest of San Jose.

2. What undergraduate majors are offered at Stanford University?

The university is organized into seven academic schools, three of which offer undergraduate programs of study. The undergraduate schools at Stanford are the School of Humanities and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences.

Here is a list of most of the undergraduate and graduate academic departments a Stanford:

  • Aeronautics
  • Anesthesia
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Physics
  • Art & Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemical and Systems Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Classics
  • Communications
  • Comparative Literature
  • Comparative Medicine
  • Computational and Mathematical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Dermatology
  • Design Impact
  • Developmental Biology
  • Documentary Film and Video
  • Earth Systems Science
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy Resources Engineering
  • English
  • Epidemiology
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geological Sciences
  • Geophysics
  • German
  • Head & Neck Surgery
  • Health Policy
  • Health Research
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Iberian & Latin American Cultures
  • Immunology
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Laboratory Animal Science
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management Science and Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Music
  • Neurobiology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Philosophy
  • Photon Science
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Radiology
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Religious Studies
  • Slavic Languages
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Structural Biology
  • Surgery
  • Teacher Education
  • Theater & Performance Studies
  • Urology

3. What graduate programs are available at Stanford University?

The graduate schools at Stanford include all seven schools: The School of Humanities and Sciences; the School of Engineering; the School of Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences; the School of Law; the School of Medicine; the School of Education; and the School of Business.

Graduate degrees are offered in more than 60 departments. Stanford awards Master of Arts (MA) degrees, Master of Science (MS) degrees, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees, Master of Business (MBA) degrees, Doctorate (PhD) degrees, and/or Engineering degrees in all of the above fields of study and more. Also available are Medical (MD) degrees and various law degrees, which include the LLM, JSM, JSD, JD, and MLS.

4. What types of law are studied at Stanford Law School?

The legal departments at Stanford law school are:

  • Academic law
  • Clinical Education
  • Criminal law
  • Economic and Business law
  • Health law and Policy
  • International and Comparative law
  • Public Policy law
  • Public Service and Public Interest law
  • Science and Technology law

Students can choose from a wide range of legal fields of study, such as Banking law, Business law, Civil law, Climate law, Contract law, Constitutional law, Corporate law, Criminal law, Employment law, Environmental law, Human Rights law, Immigration law, Intellectual Property law, Negotiation law, Patent law, Real Estate law, Supreme Court law, Tax law, Trusts and Estates law, Water law, and others.

Here is a list of the programs, projects, and centers of Stanford Law School:

  • Stanford Constitutional Law Center
  • Stanford Criminal Justice Center
  • Stanford Three Strikes Project
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program
  • Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance
  • China Guiding Cases Project
  • Rule of Law Program
  • Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation
  • Stanford Human Rights Center
  • Stanford Program in International and Comparative Law
  • Stanford Program in Law and Society
  • Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance
  • John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics
  • Securities Class Action Clearinghouse
  • Center for e-Commerce
  • Center for Internet and Society
  • Center for Law and the Biosciences
  • Stanford Center for Computers and the Law
  • Fair Use Project
  • Stanford Center in Law, Science, and Technology
  • Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society
  • Transatlantic Technology Law Forum
  • Stanford Center on the Legal Profession
  • Martin Daniel Gould Center for Conflict Resolution Programs
  • Gould Negotiation and Mediation Teaching Program
  • John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law

Stanford School of Law

5. How much does it cost to attend Stanford University?

According to the Stanford website, the current cost of tuition and fees for an undergraduate to attend the university full time for one full year is estimated at $69,109, plus travel expenses and fees. The cost breakdown is as follows:

  • Tuition, $ 48,987
  • Room & Board, $ 15,112
  • Books & Supplies, $ 1,455
  • Personal Expenses, $ 2,925
  • Campus Health Service Fee, $ 630

However, almost nobody actually has to pay the full cost of attendance at Stanford. The school's fundraising efforts are legendary. In fact, in 2012, Stanford became the first university to raise more than a billion dollars in funds in a single year.

Because of this, tuition is free for students with annual household incomes of less than $125,000. What's more, ALL expenses are covered for students whose families earn less than $65,000 a year. More than four out of five Stanford undergraduates receive financial aid. Graduate aid is also available, based on funds and academic merit. Additional fees may also apply, such as a New Student Orientation Fee of $525, and a Document fee of $250.

The Memorial Church at Stanford

6. What is the Stanford University campus like?

The main campus of Stanford spans 8,180 acres, and is one of the largest college campuses in America. The land is surrounded by Stanford Avenue, Junipero Serra Boulevard, Sand Hill Road, and El Camino Real. In fact, the campus is so big it has two zip codes – 94305 and 94309. You'll probably need a bike to get around, even if you never leave the main campus.

Campus landmarks include the Main Quad, the Memorial Church, Bing Concert Hall, the Stanford Mausoleum, the Rodin Sculpture Garden, and the Cantor Center for Visual Arts, to name only a few. Some campus structures are even listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Stanford bookstore features four floors of reading materials and quality merchandise. The main library at Stanford is called the Green Library. This library contains many meeting rooms and study spaces. Also among the campus buildings are eight dining halls and a teaching kitchen.

The Stanford campus also features abundant student housing. Roughly nine out of ten undergraduate students, and about half of the graduate students at Stanford live on campus. In fact, first-year undergraduates are required to live on campus, and all undergraduates are guaranteed housing for all four undergraduate years. There are more than 80 on-campus residences. Several of these are considered “theme” houses. Among the house themes are French culture, Italian culture, African culture, eastern European culture, and mixed cultures, as well as a human biology themed house, among others.

The main campus is landscaped with no less than 24 galleries and sculpture gardens, including one of the world's largest collections of works by Rodin.

The school colors are cardinal and white. Student athletes at Stanford can choose from any of 36 varsity sports, and many more intramural sports. Varsity sports for men include

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Wrestling

Varsity sports for women include most of the above, as well as beach volleyball, cheerleading, field hockey, lacrosse, softball, squash, and synchro.

In total, the university's varsity athletes have won 113 NCAA Championships. Also noteworthy is that Stanford athletes have won medals in every Olympic Games since 1912 (270 medals in total, 139 of them Gold).

Non athletic campus activities include several theater groups, five choir groups, and the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. In fact, Stanford has more than 650 student groups and organizations.

Away from the main campus, Stanford's other properties include the 1,200-acre Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (home to the world's longest particle accelerator), the Stanford Shopping Center, and the Stanford Research Park. The university even owns its own golf course.

Above: A sexy volleyball player at Stanford.

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The football stadium at Stanford University

Above: Cheerleaders at Stanford University

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The "Meadow" on Stanford's main campus

7. What is the Stanford University neighborhood like?

Stanford is so big a place that the campus is a large neighborhood in itself.

The campus is also convenient to everything, being located right between downtown Palo Alto and downtown Menlo Park. Many shops and restaurants are situated very nearby. 

Shown below is a google map of the Stanford campus and surrounding neighborhoods. 

8. What are the distance learning options at Stanford University?

Stanford Online offers free distance learning courses taught by Stanford University professors to students all over the world, as well as a number of employment opportunities at Stanford. Some of the most popular upcoming online courses at Stanford include:

  • Audio Signal Processing for Music Applications
  • Behaviorally Informed Design for Energy Conservation
  • Building Business Models
  • Careers in Media Technology
  • Child Nutrition
  • Collaborative Decision Making and Negotiation
  • Converting Strategy Into Action
  • Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition
  • Creating Demand via Social and Viral Marketing
  • Cryptography
  • Cyber Security
  • Decision Analysis
  • Design Innovation
  • Economics
  • Energy Storage
  • Finance
  • Game Theory
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Health Across the Gender Spectrum
  • Human Trafficking
  • Innovation
  • Logic
  • Mathematics
  • Mobile Marketing Strategy
  • Mobile Security
  • Organizational Analysis
  • Poverty in America
  • Presentation Techniques
  • Programming
  • Prototyping
  • Sound Synthesis
  • Stem Cell Therapeutics
  • Sustainability
  • Understanding Einstein
  • Writing

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9. What is the contact information for Stanford University?

You can reach the campus operator at the main switchboard of Stanford by calling 650-723-2300.

To reach the financial aid office, call 650-723-3058, or send a fax to 650-725-0540.

To reach the undergraduate admissions office, call 650-723-2091, or send a fax to 650-725-2846.

You can reach the graduate admissions office at Stanford by calling 866-432-7472, or sending a fax to 650-723-8371.

The lucky five percent who got selected.

The Stanford School of Medicine

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