Stanford University is a highly competitive school and its admissions statistics make Stanford University one of the 50 most competitive schools for undergraduate admissions globally. Similar to the trends across all top schools, Stanford University acceptance rates have continued to decline over the past 8 years and will almost certainly continue to do so into the future.
The Class of 2024 was one of the most challenging years to be admitted to Stanford University ever. For the Class of 2024, 47,498 students applied to Stanford University of which 2,042 students were accepted, yielding an overall acceptance rate of 4.3%. Overall applications decreased by 3.1% over last year (2023 to 2024) from 49,000 to 47,498.
Stanford University is a beautifully manicured university campus on 8,180 acres of prime real estate located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in Northern California. Established in 1885 and first opened in 1891, the private research university has nearly 700 buildings to accommodate its 7,018 undergraduate students and 9,118 graduate students annually.
Known as one of the world’s leading research universities, Stanford has also recently bolstered its prominence for entrepreneurship in high-tech, due largely to its relationship with Silicon Valley. Stanford is well known to excel equally in humanities, social sciences, engineering and the sciences, in general.
When it comes to Stanford’s fame for having a connection with entrepreneurial excellence, it can be said that Stanford is second to none. From Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page to Yahoo! co-founder, Jerry Yang, Stanford’s trend of feeding Silicon Valley with the best minds in the business has been consistently top-notch. Some of Stanford’s illustrious alumni include Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999–2005; Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp; Kurt Akeley, co-founder of Silicon Graphics and Jim Allchin, co-President of Microsoft, just to name a few.
Right in line with its tradition of producing outstanding entrepreneurs, Stanford University is considered to have the number one business graduate school in the United States, the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The university’s six other schools are also some of the most highly respected schools in the country, including Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences; Stanford Graduate School of Education; Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences; Stanford Engineering; Stanford Law and Stanford Medicine.
Outside of the classroom, Stanford features a massive list of things to do and see. In April of 2011, Stanford earned its 100th NCAA team national title. Foster field, the recently-built stadium completed in 2006, is home to Cardinal Football and seats an unbelievable 50,000 fans. When it comes to basketball and volleyball, Stanford University also shares an equal amenity with the beautiful Maples Pavilion. Sunken Diamond is the place to go for baseball lovers, and when it comes to water sports, dive into Avery Aquatic Center, one of the finest water centers in the nation.
STANFORD UNIVERSITY: CURRENT STUDENT POPULATION
Total Enrollment 19,945
Undergrad Enrollment 7,603
% Male/Female 52% / 48%
% From Out of State 54%
% Freshman from Public High School 58%
% Undergrads Live on Campus 91%
% African American 9%
% Asian 21%
% Caucasian 39%
% Hispanic 13%
% Native American <1%
% Mixed (2+ Ethnicities) 11%
% International 7%
# of Countries Represented 83
STANFORD UNIVERSITY: FRESHMAN STUDENT PROFILE
Range SAT Critical Reading 680-780
Range SAT Math 700-790
Range SAT Writing 700-780
Range ACT Composite 31-34
Minimum Paper TOEFL Not Reported
Minimum Web-based TOEFL Not Reported
% Graduated Top 10% of Class 94%
% Graduated Top 25% of Class 99%
% Graduated Top 50% of Class 100%
STANFORD UNIVERSITY: ACADEMICS
Academic Rating 94
% Students Returning for Sophomore Year 98%
% Students Graduating within 4 Years 80%
% Students Graduating within 6 Years 95%
Calendar System Quarter
Student/Faculty Ratio 5:1
Professor’s ‘Interesting’ Rating 88%
Professor’s ‘Accessible’ Rating 83%
Most classes have 10-19 students.
Most lab/discussion sessions have 10-19 students.
STANFORD UNIVERSITY: MOST POPULAR MAJORS