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About Stanford

Stanford Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Stanford will release their Early Decision results on Wednesday, December 15th at 4 pm PST. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Stanford Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Stanford University Overview

Stanford University is a private, nonprofit school in a suburban setting in Stanford, California. Stanford was founded in 1891 and now enrolls around 15,961 students a year, including 6,366 undergrads. Stanford offers housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Stanford! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Stanford's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Stanford students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? Stanford has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Stanford has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Stanford on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Stanford on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 2. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.

2021 Stanford Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Quarter
Overall Acceptance Rate 5%
Average GPA 4.0
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 71.9%
Tuition $55,473

Is Stanford a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a better sense of what Stanford offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Stanford University

It is extremely difficult to get into Stanford. The acceptance rate at Stanford is 5%. In 2021, just 2,349 out of the 45,227 students who applied were accepted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Stanford

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Stanford, around 86% come back the next year. Stanford's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 95%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Stanford Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 50% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent Stanford grads have an average starting salary of $78,000 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

Stanford's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. For each full-time student, Stanford spends about $104,781 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Stanford

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Stanford meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Stanford full-time are awarded $59,882 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $24,337 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Stanford. Based on this information, how does Stanford sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Stanford a good school for you?

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Where is Stanford?

Stanford is located in the suburban setting of Stanford, California, less than an hour from San Francisco and San Jose.

If you want to see Stanford for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 101 to Stanford, or book a flight to the nearest airport, San Francisco International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Stanford and Stanford are like without leaving home.

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College Info

450 Serra Mall Stanford, CA 94305-2004

Campus Setting: Suburban

Stanford Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 2

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Stanford is Jan 2.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Stanford is Mar 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Stanford ACT Scores


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31 - 35

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1420 - 1550


Math SAT Range

720 - 800


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700 - 770

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Wondering what life at Stanford is like? There are approximately 15,961 students enrolled at Stanford, including 6,366 undergraduate students and 9,595 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 38% percent are from CA and 62% percent of students are from other states.


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