The Ivy Scholars guide to Stanford University’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Stanford University’s 4000-acre, tree-lined campus is next door to the city of Palo Alto. Palo Alto contains a sizable portion of the campus including Stanford Shopping Center and Stanford Research Park. Located 35 miles South of San Francisco and 20 miles North of San Jose, Stanford University is in the heart of Northern California’s dynamic “Silicon Valley.”
US News Rankings:
Average Applicant Pool: 49,000
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 2,050
Average Number Enrolled: 1,700
Application Systems: Common App, Coalition App
SAT Scores: 25th% – 1440, 75th% – 1550
ACT Scores: 25th% – 32, 75th% – 35
*Test mandatory. Writing sections are not required.
Stanford does not consider demonstrated interest.
Recommendation Letter Policies:
One counselor recommendation and two teacher recommendations with one relating to the planned field of study. One optional recommendation letter in addition to those two will be accepted.
Stanford Essay Prompts:
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Courses of Study:
AP Credit Policies:
Computer Science Options:
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Programs for High Schoolers:
School Motto: The Wind of Freedom Blows
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Yearly Cost of Attendance:
The Stanford financial aid program is need-based, meaning that all aid eligibility is determined by your family’s financial circumstances. While the student and their parents have the primary responsibility for paying for college, financial aid can bridge the gap between the total costs and your ability to pay. The average amount of money received from Scholarships and Grants from all sources received by need-based aid recipients in the current freshman class is $58,494. This includes $52,030 average scholarship from Stanford as well as grant funds received from federal, state, and private resources.