Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Get Admissions Info
Stanford University
Stanford University Logo
Please complete or fix all required sections (marked in red).
Step 1 of 2
Academic Information
Please complete or fix all required sections (marked in red).

Stanford University Review

Stanford, CA
College Review
Stanford University Logo
Career Preparation A
Students and Culture A-
Facilities A+
Activities and Groups A
A
Excellent

Stanford University is a large, private, four-year university enrolling 16,980 students and offering 230 degrees in Stanford, CA.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at Stanford University.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Engineering
1,517 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering
57
0
8
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
25
11
Biomedical Sciences
3
Chemical Engineering
39
39
0
23
Civil Engineering
13
178
5
24
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
42
209
3
79
Engineering
136
22
0
5
Engineering/industrial Management
63
150
19
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering
5
Industrial and Product Design
3
Materials Engineering
10
30
0
22
Mechanical Engineering
79
160
0
42
Petroleum Engineering
0
11
0
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Mathematics and Science
754 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Biochemistry
1
3
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
0
9
Biology
97
13
26
Biophysics
0
4
Cell Physiology
0
2
Chemistry
13
6
24
Computational and Applied Mathematics
25
12
Developmental Biology and Embryology
0
6
Epidemiology
11
0
Financial Mathematics
4
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences
6
10
0
16
Geology/earth Science
30
19
Geophysics and Seismology
1
9
13
Human Biology
185
Human/medical Genetics
6
5
Mathematics
36
3
10
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
6
Neuroscience
2
11
Oncology and Cancer Biology
0
11
Physics
21
13
34
Statistics
48
3
Structural Biology
0
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Human and Social Sciences
741 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
African-American/black Studies
5
African Studies
3
American Indian/native American Studies
1
American/united States Studies/civilization
8
Anthropology
17
8
6
Archeology
3
Area Studies
4
4
2
Asian-American Studies
1
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
14
1
7
Cognitive Science
38
4
Comparative Literature
7
1
2
East Asian Studies
0
34
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
10
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/chicano Studies
0
History
36
16
12
Humanities/humanistic Studies
0
0
2
International Relations and Affairs
63
25
Latin American Studies
0
10
Linguistics
7
6
5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
0
0
Philosophy
16
2
8
Philosophy and Religious Studies
1
Political Science
44
7
10
Psychology
68
13
10
Public Policy Analysis
23
25
Religion/religious Studies
0
5
1
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
3
Science, Technology and Society
99
Sociology
12
14
10
Urban Studies/affairs
8
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Business
646 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Business Administration and Management
396
15
Business Administration, Management and Operations
89
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
4
Economics
98
15
29
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Computer Technology
435 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
217
187
31
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Education and Liberal Arts
401 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Applied Mathematics
31
Art Studies
0
0
1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
6
5
5
Biology Teacher Education
7
Chemistry Teacher Education
4
Chinese Language and Literature
2
4
0
Earth Science Teacher Education
1
Education
92
41
Elementary Education and Teaching
23
English Language and Literature
51
15
13
English/language Arts Teacher Education
15
Foreign Language Teacher Education
2
Foreign Languages and Literatures
0
French Language and Literature
7
2
3
French Language Teacher Education
1
German Language and Literature
2
1
3
History Teacher Education
0
Italian Language and Literature
0
0
1
Japanese Language and Literature
2
2
0
Liberal Arts
12
Mathematics Teacher Education
11
Physics Teacher Education
1
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
0
0
Russian Language and Literature
3
2
3
Social Science Teacher Education
16
Spanish Language and Literature
3
0
2
Spanish Language Teacher Education
6
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Legal and Law
269 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Advanced Legal Research/studies
70
5
Law
194
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Healthcare
109 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Immunology
0
7
Medical Informatics
11
7
Medicine
79
Public Health
5
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Communication and Media
69 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Communication and Media Studies
26
40
3
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Art and Design
63 recent grads, 3 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Cinematography and Film/video Production
9
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
4
0
2
Film/cinema/video Studies
4
Fine Arts
4
5
Music
16
13
5
Music Theory and Composition
1
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Agriculture
19 recent grads, 2 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Natural Resources Conservation and Research
13
6
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at Stanford University.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Computer Science
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Engineering/industrial Management
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Informatics
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
Specialized institution accreditations:
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (Vaden Health Center)
Professional Psychology (RPSY) - Postdoctoral residency programs (Department of Psychiatry - Clinical Child Psychology Program)
Professional Psychology (RPSY) - Postdoctoral residency programs (Department of Psychiatry - Clinical Psychology Program)
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Law (LAW) - Professional schools
Liaison Committee on Medical Education Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
A Excellent
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 16 Reviews
Alumni
history, Class of 1972

a degree and connections to graduate school departments

Rated January 2016
Alumni
AB, Class of 1980

large network of alumni career counseling

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA, American Studies, Class of 1997

many networking opportunities including relationships and guest lecturers with prominent figures in various industries

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English, Class of 1990

Alumni Career Center Frequent networking events for alumni

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA, human biology, Class of 1974

I don't know, it's been so long.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Anthropology, Class of 1983

I don't know what it provides now but career help was pretty limited back then.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Human Biology , Class of 1990

Internship as part of my major

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Arts, Class of 1985

Individually designed majors; vast alumni network; research opportunities

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Biological science, Class of 2006

Career center, advisors, research opportunities, small class sizes

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology, Class of 1989

They offer a career counseling center.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Economics, Class of 2006

The career center provides a ton of networking, job fairs, interviews, etc during senior year. However, beyond this help getting a job, there is not much in the curriculum that helps with real-world career prep.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English , Class of 2003

career development center, tutoring experience internship, guest speaker series

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS Civil Engineering, Class of 1996

Career Center, Networking Events, Onsite interviews

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Systems Engineering, Class of 1992

World class education, local alumni groups, online networking

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 16 Reviews
Alumni
AB, Class of 1980

invested in their education and future stressful

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA, human biology, Class of 1974

Laid back but competitive as well. Everyone is very smart.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Anthropology, Class of 1983

That was a long time ago. Lot of frat boys.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Human Biology , Class of 1990

Diverse, very intelligent and inquisitive

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Arts, Class of 1985

Extremely diverse and many opportunities to get involved in civic, community, and church organizations. This also includes leadership opportunities in student government.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Economics, Class of 2006

Work hard play hard. Not competitive with each other, but rather each person's own goals.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English , Class of 2003

my liberal arts track was for intellectuals-academics , not careerists-pre professional. See study, 'cream of the crop'

Rated January 2016
A+ Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 16 Reviews
Alumni
AB, Class of 1980

high tech computer labs older dorms for freshmen variety of dining halls

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BA, American Studies, Class of 1997

some of the best in the nation

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English, Class of 1990

World class, cutting edge, exemplary

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology, Class of 1989

The dorms are ok, the other facilities are quite nice.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Product Design , Class of 2013

Computer labs, dorms, classrooms, dining halls

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS Civil Engineering, Class of 1996

all of the above, and a bag of chips

Rated January 2016
A Excellent
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 16 Reviews
Alumni
AB, Class of 1980

Unique - the band popular - acting, community service, athletics (NCAA, club and intermural

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Anthropology, Class of 1983

I don't know, that was 35 years ago.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Bachelor of Arts, Class of 1985

Student government; fraternities and sororities

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Sociology, Class of 1989

Multiple activities are encouraged and therefore unique.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS, Class of 1979

lots of groups and places to hang out and meet other people

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Economics, Class of 2006

There is a student group or activity for almost any interest and if not, you can start your own group.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English , Class of 2003

structured Liberal education -self selective residential humanities intensive program in the great books.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
BS Civil Engineering, Class of 1996

big game, the tree, full moon on the quad, etc

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Systems Engineering, Class of 1992

Eating clubs, LJSUMB, Enchanted Broccoli Forest

Rated January 2016
SCHOOL SUMMARY
What Makes Stanford University Unique

At Stanford, the sky is almost always sunny. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University has become a laboratory for numerous successful companies. Lucrative internships and exciting company partnerships are awaiting – students at Stanford are encouraged to think big, motivated to make a difference. The campus is in short driving distance of the entire Bay Area, including lovely San Francisco, and shorts as well as t-shirts and flip-flops are the norm. Enjoy the relaxed attitude of California and the vibrant social life the university has to offer. Have you heard of fountain hopping yet?

Stanford’s interdisciplinary programs link departments and disciplines together. This kind of bridge-building helps students to work together with people who have different perspectives, ideas, and methods. Problems are solved due to the collaboration and integration of multiple academic disciplines. As one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities Stanford’s dedication is to find solutions to challenges of every kind – since its opening in 1891.

CURRICULUM FOCUS
Stanford University Business Program
UDC Contributor

Students with the good fortune to land a spot at the prestigious Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) need to come in ready to take on the world, literally. With a guiding philosophy of “How can you change the world if you don’t understand it?” global experiences are a key part of the MBA program. Whether you choose a four-week summer immersion, a study trip with classmates (destinations last year included Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, and Spain), a hands-on social or environmental project, or classes at Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in China, you’re sure to gain perspectives that you and potential employers will find invaluable. No wonder the school boasts alums on every continent! GSB encourages students to tailor studies to fit their needs, including taking courses through the university’s other highly regarded schools. One in six MBA students chooses to pursue a dual or joint degree. Seasoned managers can enroll in the MSx Program to earn a Master of Science degree in management in only 12 months. All students have plenty of opportunities to enrich their studies and friendships through more than 70 GSB extracurricular organizations (everything from the Big Ideas Club to the Basketball Club) and through “The View from the Top,” a GSB-hosted speaker series that has featured major leaders ranging from Mitt Romney to Oprah Winfrey.

CURRICULUM FOCUS
Stanford University Engineering Program
UDC Contributor

A top-notch faculty, 65 state-of-the art university centers and labs, intelligent and supportive classmates – what else could an engineering major desire? Well, how about a pristine campus located in sunny California in the heart of Silicon Valley with opportunities for internships, learning experiences, and employment abound? Stanford’s School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century -- engineering faculty and graduates have founded an estimated 12,700 companies over the decades -- and shows no signs of slowing down. Engineering is one of the university’s most popular majors, and roughly 1,600 undergraduates and 3,200 graduate students seek degrees through the school’s nine academic departments: Aeronautics and Astronautics, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Management Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Curiosity-driven research that crosses disciplines or even schools is encouraged, as seen by the School of Engineering’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, which brings together students and faculty in engineering, business, education, medicine, and the humanities to learn design thinking and work together to solve big problems in a human-centered way. Think outside the boundaries, and you may be on your way to being Stanford’s next successful alum!

Featured Alumni Review
Erik
MS Management, Class of 2014

U There is a general (and very contagious) feeling of exuberant optimism at Stanford. It is NOT an irrational feeling that you can't fail – it's a feeling that there is no stigma to failure, so why not give it a shot. It's also a very cooperative environment. Students are never encouraged to go after each other or berate another student's ideas. It completely changes the student's frame of mind when the competition is to learn or do -- rather than to edge out your classmates. For me, the best thing about GSB was the freedom to take classes across campus. I took classes in mechanical engineering, aero/astro engineering, and computer science in addition to my GSB classload. It was fantastic to broaden the grad school outlook to include areas that were of a personal enrichment as much as professional. Finally, I would say the quality of classmates is astounding. I was one of the older students on campus, but it constantly surprised me how much high-level experience some of my younger colleagues had gained in their short work experience. It simply doesn't matter who you are or what you've done or how famous you are – there is always someone sitting in class with you that has ‘been there and done that.’ But because of the Stanford GSB ethos, it isn't intimidating or discouraging – it is usually a source of growth and added resources.

Featured Alumni Review
Warren
MS Engineering, Class of 1991

U What makes Stanford special is the meta-community. Stemming from this are the truly engaging and educational internships that you can get while a student, either for the summer or during the school year. There's a lot of cooperation between academia and industry. The engineering program itself provides an engaging mix of practical and theoretical courses that work both the left brain (analytical) and the right brain (creative). There’s also a real emphasis on taking courses outside of the School of Engineering. I pursued a minor in the humanities while I was getting my engineering degree. I've heard of many engineering programs that are a grind and demand every ounce of energy from the student. At Stanford, there's truly a drive to produce well-rounded engineering graduates, thus the curriculum allows time for students to participate in extra-curricular activities and not get stuck in the library/lab all day and night. The engineering student body is quite impressive: smart, engaging, cooperative, driven (but not overly so). I continue to volunteer my time so that I can stay in touch with the students. It's not just lip service to say that they're creating the future there.

Questions and Answers about Stanford University

Do you have questions about furthering your education with Stanford University? People are listening and are ready to help. Plus, we're pretty sure others have the same question you do!

You've Started Your List