Stanford University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$55,473
4.95% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$20,023
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
0.558%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
5.19%
45,227 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
15,953
89.1% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
95.2%
1,597 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 (307 degrees awarded), Human Biology (142 degrees), and Cognitive Science (106 degrees).

In 2020, 5,193 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Stanford University. 45.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 54.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,843 degrees), 2.01 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (918 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Stanford University is $55,473, which is $26,844 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Stanford University is $55,473, which is $26,844 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,023.

In 2020, 61% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 7% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$55,473
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Stanford University was $55,473. The cost of tuition at Stanford University is $26,844 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$20,023
2020 Value
19.3%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Stanford University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,023. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Stanford University grew by 19.3%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,433
Room and Board
$1,245
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Stanford University was of $16,433 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,245. The cost of room and board increased by 4.25% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 14.4% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

61%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
7%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

61% of undergraduate students at Stanford University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 61% 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.
0.558%
2018 Default Rate
5
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Stanford University was 0.558%, which represents 5 out of the 896 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 45,227 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 4.78% annual decline. Out of those 45,227 applicants, 2,349 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 5.19% acceptance rate.

There were 15,953 students enrolled at Stanford University in 2020, and 72% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Stanford University has an overall enrollment yield of 68.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

5.19%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,349
Accepted Out of 45,227

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Stanford University was 5.19% (2,349 admissions from 45,227 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 4.34%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −4.78%, while admissions grew by 13.9%.

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SAT Scores

72%
Submission Percentage
1,156
Scores Submitted

72% of enrolled first-time students at Stanford University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Stanford University has a total enrollment of 15,953 students. The full-time enrollment at Stanford University is 14,217 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,736. This means that 89.1% of students enrolled at Stanford University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Stanford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 31% White, 19.6% Asian, 11.6% Hispanic or Latino, 6.32% Two or More Races, 4.94% Black or African American, 0.47% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.176% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Stanford University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (14.3%), followed by White Female (13.8%) and Asian Female (12.8%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (19.1%), followed by White Female (15.1%) and Asian Male (8.32%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

89.1%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Stanford University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 15,953 students. The full-time enrollment at Stanford University is 14,217 and the part-time enrollment is 1,736. This means that 89.1% of students enrolled at Stanford University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%
2020 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 86%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), 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
    4,947
  2. Asian
    3,123
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,858

The enrolled student population at Stanford University is 31% White, 19.6% Asian, 11.6% Hispanic or Latino, 6.32% Two or More Races, 4.94% Black or African American, 0.47% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.176% 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 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% 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, 317 students (1.99%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 437 fewer women than men received degrees from Stanford University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Stanford University is white (1,843 degrees awarded). There were 2.01 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (918 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Stanford University is Computer Science (307 degrees awarded), followed by Human Biology (142 degrees) and Cognitive Science (106 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 Engineering (1,221 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (92 degrees), and Math & Statistics (237 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 (494,631 people), Other managers (357,760 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (349,704 people), Civil engineers (274,211 people), and Mechanical engineers (205,580 people).

The most specialized majors at Stanford University are Engineering (1,221 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (92 degrees), Math & Statistics (237 degrees), Physical Sciences (241 degrees), and Legal (269 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 Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Stanford University are Engineering (1,221 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (92 degrees), Math & Statistics (237 degrees), Physical Sciences (241 degrees), and Legal (269 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 (510,044 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (442,884 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (362,716 people), Construction (284,593 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (224,608 people).

The most specialized majors at Stanford University are Engineering (1,221 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (92 degrees), Math & Statistics (237 degrees), Physical Sciences (241 degrees), and Legal (269 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. 307 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 142 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 106 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Stanford University was Computer Science with 307 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,815
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
2,378
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 2,815 degrees were awarded to men at Stanford University, which is 1.18 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,378).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 441 degrees were awarded to men at Stanford University in Computer Science, which is 2.16 times more than the 204 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 204 degrees were awarded to women at Stanford University in Computer Science, which is 0.463 times less than the 441 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

75%
100% Completion Time
94%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 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 97% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Female
Highest Graduation Rate (98.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Stanford University is Female and Hispanic or Latino (98.1% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 0.0626% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,843 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    918 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    537 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Stanford University is white (1,843 degrees awarded). There were 2.01 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (918 degrees).

0.693% of degree recipients (36 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Male
    1,014 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    829 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    500 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Stanford University is white male (1,014 degrees awarded). There were 1.22 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (829 degrees).

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Operations

Stanford University has an endowment valued at nearly $28.9B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.71B (9.36%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Stanford University had a total salary expenditure of $6.07B. Stanford University employs 680 Professors, 282 Lecturers, and 226 Assistant professors. Most academics at Stanford University are Male Professors (528), Female Lecturers(173), and Female Professors (152).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Stanford University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 2665 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1161 employees, and Management with 940 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$28.9B
2020 Endowment
4.51%
growth from 2019

Stanford University has an endowment valued at about $28.9B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Stanford University grew 4.51% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $28.6B 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. $806M - Federal
  2. $26.9M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Stanford University received $806M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $26.9M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$2.85B
2020 Salaries
12.3%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Stanford University paid a median of $2.85B in salaries, which represents 47% of their overall expenditure ($6.07B) and a 12.3% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 10.2% growth from 2018 and a 7.03% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$279M
Instructional Salaries
1,469
Number of Employees

In 2020, Stanford University paid a total of $279M to 1,469 employees working as instructors, which represents 9.79% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
680 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
2665 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Stanford University were Professor with 680 employees; Lecturer with 282 employees; and Lecturer with 226 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Stanford University were Business and Financial Operations with 2,665 employees; Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,161 employees; and Management with 940 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Lecturer
  3. Female Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Stanford University was Male Professor with 528 employees, Female Lecturer with 173 employees, and Female Professor with 152 employees.

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

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