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Stanford Student Life

Stanford is on a 8,180-acre campus in a suburban setting in Stanford, California, not far from San Francisco and San Jose. There are many activities and organizations for Stanford students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Stanford also has fraternities and sororities.

Stanford has a thriving Ram's Head (theatre club). In fact, more students participate in Ram's Head (theatre club) than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Stanford include Axe Committee (athletic support), Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students, Asian-American Student Association and Stanford Daily.

Stanford students' favorite campus events are Big Game, Gaities and Fountain Hopping.

Does Stanford Offer Student Housing?

Stanford offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through freshman year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most Stanford students live off campus. In 2021, 11% of undergrads at Stanford lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 89% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Stanford. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

Stanford offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Stanford Athletics

At Stanford there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the unversity, funding, and compention level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Stanford:

Sport Mens Intramural Womens Intramural Mens Division Womens Division Mens Scholarships Womens Scholarships
Crew NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Fencing NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Gymnastics NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Rowing NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Triathlon Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Archery Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Club Teamsheerleading Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Equestrian Sports Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Rugby Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Skiing (Downhill) Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Squash Intercollegiate Club Teams NCAA Division 1
Sailing Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Basketball Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Soccer Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Swimming And Diving Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running Club Teams Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Lacrosse Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams NCAA Division 1
Track And Field NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Volleyball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Water Polo NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Badminton Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Racquetball Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Rock Club Teamslimbing Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Ultimate Frisbee Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams

Safety at Stanford

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Stanford University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Stanford campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

Stanford offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.

Plan a Visit to Stanford

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to Stanford, take U.S. Highway 101 to Stanford, CA. If you need to fly, book your flight to San Francisco International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in California you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Stanford's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Stanford Students

51%

Women

49%

Men

90%

Full Time

10%

Part Time

38%

In State

62%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

29%

25%

17%

11%

10%

7%

1%

0.35%

0.22%

Graduate Students

9,595

Undergraduate Students

6,366

Non-Resident / International Students

679

Stanford Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 ESL
Campus Security
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Late-Night Transport / Escort
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

15,961

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

5%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$56,169

Out-of-State

$56,169

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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