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Stanford University

Location Stanford University, Stanford United States
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# 3

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13

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COVID-19 Information:

The Stanford Office of Undergraduate Admission has been closed until further notice. Applications continue to be processed, however, and the office can be contacted via email. All tours, programs and information sessions for prospective students have been cancelled and the Visitor Center is also closed until further notice.

 


Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose, Stanford University is in the heart of Northern California’s dynamic Silicon Valley, home to Yahoo, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and many other cutting-edge tech companies that were founded by and continue to be led by Stanford alumni and faculty. Nicknamed the “billionaire factory”, it is said that if Stanford graduates formed their own country it would boast one of the world’s largest ten economies. 

Covering 8,180 acres, Stanford has one of the largest university campuses in the US, with 18 interdisciplinary research institutes and seven schools: the Graduate School of Business; School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Graduate School of Education; School of Engineering; School of Humanities and Sciences; Law School; and School of Medicine. 

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”. The couple’s only child had died of typhoid, and their decision to build a university on their farm was intended as a memorial. From the start the university was non-sectarian, co-educational and affordable, teaching both the traditional liberal arts and the technology and engineering that was shaping the new America at the time.  

Fast forward more than a century, and Stanford counts 19 Nobel laureates within its community and is regularly ranked among the top three universities in the world. Nicknamed “The Farm” from the days when horses roamed there, Stanford’s campus is now a thriving community of more than 11,000 creative and accomplished people from around the world. Nearly all undergraduate and 60 per cent of graduate students live on campus, so it is hardly surprising that student life is rich and diverse, with over 625 organized student groups. 

Sport is popular, with students, faculty and staff enjoying state-of-the-art recreational facilities and wellness programs. Stanford students compete in 36 varsity and 32 club sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and squash. Sports teams are referred to as the “Stanford Cardinal”.

Stanford also has a rich tradition of fostering creativity and the arts: there is a vibrant campus arts district and two world-class museums which host regular exhibitions.  Eight dining halls, a teaching kitchen and organic gardens provide the campus community with healthy, sustainable meals. The close-knit communal nature of life on campus has even given rise to “Stanford speak”, a special language only spoken on campus. 

 

COVID-19 Information:

The Stanford Office of Undergraduate Admission has been closed until further notice. Applications continue to be processed, however, and the office can be contacted via email. All tours, programs and information sessions for prospective students have been cancelled and the Visitor Center is also closed until further notice.

 


Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose, Stanford University is in the heart of Northern California’s dynamic Silicon Valley, home to Yahoo, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and many other cutting-edge tech companies that were founded by and continue to be led by Stanford alumni and faculty. Nicknamed the “billionaire factory”, it is said that if Stanford graduates formed their own country it would boast one of the world’s largest ten economies. 

Covering 8,180 acres, Stanford has one of the largest university campuses in the US, with 18 interdisciplinary research institutes and seven schools: the Graduate School of Business; School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Graduate School of Education; School of Engineering; School of Humanities and Sciences; Law School; and School of Medicine. 

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”. The couple’s only child had died of typhoid, and their decision to build a university on their farm was intended as a memorial. From the start the university was non-sectarian, co-educational and affordable, teaching both the traditional liberal arts and the technology and engineering that was shaping the new America at the time.  

Fast forward more than a century, and Stanford counts 19 Nobel laureates within its community and is regularly ranked among the top three universities in the world. Nicknamed “The Farm” from the days when horses roamed there, Stanford’s campus is now a thriving community of more than 11,000 creative and accomplished people from around the world. Nearly all undergraduate and 60 per cent of graduate students live on campus, so it is hardly surprising that student life is rich and diverse, with over 625 organized student groups. 

Sport is popular, with students, faculty and staff enjoying state-of-the-art recreational facilities and wellness programs. Stanford students compete in 36 varsity and 32 club sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and squash. Sports teams are referred to as the “Stanford Cardinal”.

Stanford also has a rich tradition of fostering creativity and the arts: there is a vibrant campus arts district and two world-class museums which host regular exhibitions.  Eight dining halls, a teaching kitchen and organic gardens provide the campus community with healthy, sustainable meals. The close-knit communal nature of life on campus has even given rise to “Stanford speak”, a special language only spoken on campus. 

 

Rankings & ratings

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #15
  • 2014
    #7
  • 2015
    #7
  • 2016
    #=3
  • 2017
    #2
  • 2018
    #2
  • 2019
    #2
  • 2020
    #2
  • 2021
    #2
  • 2022
    #=3
  • 2023
    #3

Ranking criteria

98.5
Overall
100
Academic Reputation
100
Employer Reputation
100
Faculty Student Ratio
99.9
Citations per Faculty
99.8
International Faculty Ratio
60.3
International Students Ratio
96.3
International Research Network
100
Employment Outcomes

Available programs

Postgraduate study has been a feature of Stanford University since it was founded in 1891, and today more than 9,300 students are enrolled in master’s and PhD programs across 90 departments and programs in all of Stanford’s seven graduate schools. These are: business; earth, energy and environmental sciences; education; engineering; humanities and sciences; law; and medicine. 

Recent figures show that engineering is Stanford’s most popular graduate school, accounting for around 40 percent of students. Stanford was actually ranked second in the world for engineering & technology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018, behind the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After engineering, the next most popular graduate school at Stanford is humanities and science, which accounts for a quarter of graduate students. 

A third of graduate students are international and men make up 61 percent. In contrast to Ivy League schools, a majority of graduate students (69 percent) are studying towards a master’s degree. 

To be considered for postgraduate study, candidates must provide three types of document: a statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and university transcripts (academic records). 

Departments may require additional materials, such as writing samples, so it’s important for students to review whichever department they intend to apply to in advance. 

There is a non-refundable application fee of $125, and all students must submit GRE test scores as part of their application. In addition, non-native English speakers must prove their proficiency in the language by submitting an official TOEFL exam score.

Tuition at Stanford varies according to the program taken. Generally speaking, a graduate is expected to cover a minimum of eight units for the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters, at a cost of $10,620 per quarter to be considered full-time. 

Those who study more than ten units per quarter, as well as all medicine, law, and business school graduate students, are charged more, at around $20,000 per quarter. 

For doctoral students, the cost of tuition can be offset by university fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships. In special cases, master's students may be able to receive these too, and charities, firms and external organizations have also helped graduate students at Stanford finance their studies. 

Those whose funding does not cover all of their costs may need to use student loans, savings, or other personal assets to meet their educational expenses. More information on the financial assistance available to Stanford students is available directly from the university.


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