Stanford University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$48,987

3.5% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$16,562

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

1.06%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

4.73%

44,073 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

17,534

92.3% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

94.2%

1,606 Graduates

About

Stanford University is a higher education institution located in Santa Clara County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Stanford University were Computer Science (273 degrees awarded), Human Biology (130 degrees), and Other Engineering (112 degrees).

In 2017, 5,165 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Stanford University. 41.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 58.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,995 degrees), 2.45 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (814 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Stanford University is $48,987, which is $22,487 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Stanford University is $48,987, which is $22,487 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,562.

In 2017, 60% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 10% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$48,987

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Stanford University was $48,987. The cost of tuition at Stanford University is $22,487 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$16,562

2017 Value

0.797%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Stanford University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,562. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Stanford University grew by 0.797%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,601

Room and Board

$1,455

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Stanford University was of $14,601 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,455. The cost of room and board increased by 3.5% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.11% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

60%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

10%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

60% of undergraduate students at Stanford University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 60% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

1.06%

2016 Default Rate

10

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Stanford University was 1.06%, which represents 10 out of the 941 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Stanford University received 44,073 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 0.173% annual growth. Out of those 44,073 applicants, 2,085 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 4.73% acceptance rate.

There were 17,534 students enrolled at Stanford University in 2017, and 78% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Stanford University has an overall enrollment yield of 81.5%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

4.73%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

2,085

Accepted Out of 44,073

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Stanford University was 4.73% (2,085 admissions from 44,073 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 4.81%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 0.173%, while admissions declined by -1.56%.

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SAT Scores

78%

Submission Percentage

1,321

Scores Submitted

78% of enrolled first-time students at Stanford University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Stanford University has a total enrollment of 17,534 students. The full-time enrollment at Stanford University is 16,189 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,345. This means that 92.3% of students enrolled at Stanford University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Stanford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 34.4% White, 17.3% Asian, 10.3% Hispanic or Latino, 6.16% Two or More Races, 4.08% Black or African American, 0.422% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.165% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Stanford University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (18.1%), followed by White Female (17.6%) and Asian Female (12%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (21.7%), followed by White Female (14.3%) and Asian Male (7.87%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

92.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Stanford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 17,534 students. The full-time enrollment at Stanford University is 16,189 and the part-time enrollment is 1,345. This means that 92.3% of students enrolled at Stanford University are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

98%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Stanford University was 98%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), Stanford University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,023

  2. Asian

    3,029

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,805

The enrolled student population at Stanford University is 34.4% White, 17.3% Asian, 10.3% Hispanic or Latino, 6.16% Two or More Races, 4.08% Black or African American, 0.422% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.165% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 544 students (3.1%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 875 fewer women than men received degrees from Stanford University. The majority of degree recipients at Stanford University are white (1,995 degrees awarded). There were 2.45 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (814 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Stanford University is Computer Science (273 degrees awarded), followed by Human Biology (130 degrees) and Other Engineering (112 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Stanford University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Cultural & Gender Studies (112 degrees awarded), Engineering (1,275 degrees), and Math & Statistics (264 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Stanford University are Software developers (410,944 people), Other managers (381,157 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (324,500 people), Civil engineers (235,078 people), and Postsecondary teachers (199,102 people).

The most specialized majors at Stanford University are Cultural & Gender Studies (112 degrees awarded), Engineering (1,275 degrees), Math & Statistics (264 degrees), Physical Sciences (278 degrees), and Legal (283 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Stanford University are Chemists & materials scientists, Dentists, Surgeons, Sales managers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Stanford University are Cultural & Gender Studies (112 degrees awarded), Engineering (1,275 degrees), Math & Statistics (264 degrees), Physical Sciences (278 degrees), and Legal (283 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Stanford University are Computer Systems Design (483,696 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (423,650 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (366,492 people), Construction (259,974 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (224,210 people).

The most specialized majors at Stanford University are Cultural & Gender Studies (112 degrees awarded), Engineering (1,275 degrees), Math & Statistics (264 degrees), Physical Sciences (278 degrees), and Legal (283 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Stanford University.

Most Common

  1. 273 degrees awarded

  2. 130 degrees awarded

  3. 112 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Stanford University was Computer Science with 273 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 3,020

  2. 2,145

In 2017, 3,020 degrees were awarded to men at Stanford University, which is 1.41 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,145).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 399 degrees were awarded to men at Stanford University in Computer Science, which is 2.66 times more than the 150 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 158 degrees were awarded to women at Stanford University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.622 times less than the 254 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

75%

100% Completion Time

94%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 75% of students graduating from Stanford University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 94% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 96% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Female

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Stanford University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.249% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,995 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    814 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    508 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Stanford University is white (1,995 degrees awarded). There were 2.45 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (814 degrees).

0.484% of degree recipients (25 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    1,157 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    838 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Male

    435 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Stanford University is white male (1,157 degrees awarded). There were 1.38 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (838 degrees).

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Operations

Stanford University has an endowment valued at nearly $24.8B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.62B (14.6%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, Stanford University had a total salary expenditure of $5.38B. Stanford University employs 694 Professors, 221 Assistant professors, and 195 Associate professors. Most academics at Stanford University are Male Professors (544), Female Professors(150), and Male Assistant professors (135).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Stanford University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 2217 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 1106 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1088 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$24.8B

2017 Endowment

10.7%

growth from 2016

Stanford University has an endowment valued at about $24.8B, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Stanford University grew 10.7% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $24.5B higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $1.32B - Federal

  2. $31.1M - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Stanford University received $1.32B in grants and contracts from the federal government, $31.1M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$2.15B

2017 Salaries

7.85%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Stanford University paid a median of $2.15B in salaries, which represents 40% of their overall expenditure ($5.38B) and a 7.85% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.91% growth from 2015 and a 6.39% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$231M

Instructional Salaries

1,110

Number of Employees

In 2017, Stanford University paid a total of $231M to 1,110 employees working as instructors, which represents 10.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $146M (22.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

694 Employees

Business and Financial Operations

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

2217 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Stanford University were Professor with 694 employees; Assistant professor with 221 employees; and Assistant professor with 195 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Stanford University were Business and Financial Operations with 2,217 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 1,106 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,088 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Stanford University was Male Professor with 544 employees, Female Professor with 150 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 135 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Stanford University.

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