Stanford University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate, and More

Stanford University
Stanford University. Explore the Stanford campus in this photo tour. Daniel Hartwig / Flickr

Stanford University is one of the most selective universities in the nation—the acceptance rate hovers at a mere 5 percent. Students will need exceptional grades and standardized test scores to be considered for admission. Along with an application, prospective students will need to submit high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay. For more information about applying, feel free to get in touch with the admissions office at Stanford.

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Admissions Data (2016):

  • Stanford University Acceptance Rate: 5 percent
  • Stanford GPA, SAT and ACT Score Graph
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 680 / 780
    • SAT Math: 700 / 800
    • ACT Composite: 31 / 35
    • ACT English: 32 / 35
    • ACT Math: 30 / 35

Stanford University Description:

Stanford is usually considered the best school on the west coast, as well as one of the finest research and teaching universities in the world. Stanford is on the list of the hardest colleges to get into ​and is just as competitive as the best universities in the Northeast, but with its Romanesque Revival architecture and mild Californian climate, you won’t mistake it for the Ivy League. Stanford's strengths in research and teaching have earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and membership in the Association of American Universities. In athletics, Stanford University competes in the NCAA Division I Pacific 12 Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 17,184 (7,034 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51 percent Male / 49 percent Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $47,940
  • Books: $1,455
  • Room and Board: $14,601
  • Other Expenses: $2,700
  • Total Cost: $66,696

Stanford Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 66 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 48 percent
    • Loans: 9 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $47,782
    • Loans: $8,047

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Human Biology, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology
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Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 98 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 75 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 94 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Fencing, Rowing, Sailing, Tennis, Water Polo, Wrestling, Volleyball, Baseball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Rowing, Track and Field, Tennis, Swimming, Field Hockey, Fencing, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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