Admission Requirements, Courses, Tuition, Ranking

Stanford University is up for review. This post explains in detail how to Study at Stanford University. This was further broken down to Courses Offered, Admission Requirements, Tuition Fee, Ranking.

Stanford University is a private research university that is located in Stanford, California. Stanford University is known for its academic strength, wealth and it is ranked as one of the world’s top universities in World.

About Stanford University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University was founded by Jane and Leland in 1885 Stanford.

However it was officially opened in 1889 and since then, Stanford’s faculty and students have worked to improve the health and wellbeing of people around the world through the discovery and application of knowledge.

Major achievements at Stanford include the first successful heart-lung transplant, the debut of the computer mouse, and the development of digital music.

In terms of landmass, Stanford University is situated on 8,180 acres and is one of the largest campuses in the United States with 18 interdisciplinary research institutes and seven schools on a single campus and they include Graduate School of Business; School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Graduate School of Education; School of Engineering; School of Humanities and Sciences; Law School; and School of Medicine.

Stanford University has more than 16,300 students, 2,180 faculty and 1,800 postdoctoral scholars. Stanford University is an international institution, enrolling students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 90 other countries.

It is also an athletics powerhouse, with 900 current student-athletes and a history of 137 national championships and 23 consecutive Directors’ Cups, awarded to the top intercollegiate athletics program in the nation.

Stanford University counts 19 Nobel laureates within its community today and numerous famous alumni associated with the university from the worlds of art, social sciences, business, politics, humanities, media, sports, and technology.

The 31st president of the US, Herbert Hoover, was one of the first-class at Stanford and received a degree in geology in 1895. The alumni include 17 astronauts, 18 Turing Award recipients as well as two Fields Medalists.

In total, companies that were founded by Stanford affiliates and alumni generate more than $2.7 trillion annual revenue, which would be the 10th largest economy in the world.

Among the companies are Google, Nike, Netflix, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, Instagram, and Charles Schwab. Stanford University alumni have also founded nonprofit organizations like Kiva and SIRUM.

The first American woman to go to space, Sally Ride, received an undergraduate degree in physics from Stanford in 1973. Just about 10 years later, she made her ascent into space.

Notable Alumni of Stanford University

Over the years, Stanford University has produced top businessmen, politicians, scholars e.t.c. below is a list of some of the University notable alumni;

  • Brian Acton (BS 1994), co-founder of WhatsApp
  • Kurt Akeley(MS, Ph.D.), co-founder of Silicon Graphics
  • Phil Knight, founder, and former CEO, Nike
  • Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram
  • Jim Allchin (MS), co-president of Microsoft
  • Gene D. Block, 8th chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Derek Bok (A.B. 1951), 25th president of Harvard University
  • Norman Abramson, 2007 Alexander Graham Bell prize winner, developed the world’s first wireless computer communication network, ALOHAnet.
  • Anant Agarwal, president of edX at MIT
  • Ružena Bajcsy, winner of 2009 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science
  • Andy Bechtolsheim (Ph.D. dropout), designer of the first networked SUN workstation
  • Lawrence M. Breed (M.S.), created the first computer animation language, MACS; Grace Murray Hopper awardees
  • Sergey Brin (M.S.), developer of the Google search engine, Marconi Prize winner
  • David Boggs (Ph.D.), co-inventor of Ethernet
  • Rodney Brooks (Ph.D. 1981), the director of MIT computer science and artificial intelligence lab, winner of computers, and thought award.
  • Vint Cerf (B.S. 1965, ex-professor), Internet pioneer, co-inventor of TCP/IP internet protocol, Turing Award, and Marconi Prize-winning computer scientist, inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • Morris Chang (Ph.D. in EE), 2010 award winner of IEEE medal of honor
  • Mung Chiang (B.S. 1999, M.S. 2000, Ph.D. 2003), Arthur LeGrand Doty; a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University; 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award recipient
  • Donald D. Chamberlin (Ph.D. in EE), coinventor of SQL (Structured Query Language), SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award
  • Surajit Chaudhuri (Ph.D. in CS), SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award
  • John M. Cioffi (Ph.D. in EE), a frontiersman in Digital Subscriber Line Technology (DSL), winner of Marconi prize, and IEEE Alexander Bell prize
  • Thomas M. Cover (Ph.D. in EE 64), information theorist; awardee of Shannon prize, Hamming medal
  • Donald Cox (Ph.D. in EE), awardee of IEEE Alexander Bell prize
  • Steve Deering, inventor of IP multicast, a technique for one-to-many and many-to-many real-time communication over an IP infrastructure in a network
  • Whitfield Diffie, a pioneer in public-key cryptography, noted for Diffie-Hellman-Merkle public key exchange, inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame, Marconi Prize winner
  • Les Earnest, research scientist. He created the first spell-check and first cursive writing recognizer
  • David Eppstein (B.S. 1984), computer scientist
  • Paul Flaherty, inventor of AltaVista search engine
  • Scott Forstall (B.S., M.S.), ex-senior vice president of iPhone software at Apple Inc.
  • Richard P. Gabriel (Ph.D.), computer scientist
  • Héctor García-Molina (Ph.D. & professor in CS), SIGMOD Edgar F. Codd Innovations Award
  • Craig Gentry (Ph.D.), computer scientist, 2010 Grace Murray Hopper award winner, noted for solving “fully homomorphic encryption”, a breakthrough in public-key encryption
  • Edward Ginzton (Ph.D. and prof), frontiersman of microwave electronics, winner of IEEE medal of honor
  • Ian Goodfellow (B.S. and M.S.), developer of generative adversarial networks
  • Susan L. Graham (Ph.D. in CS), IEEE John Von Neumann awardee
  • William Webster Hansen (Ph.D. and Prof), frontiersman of microwave electronics
  • Stephen E. Harris (M.S. & Ph.D. EE), noted for “slow” light research
  • Martin Hellman (M.S. 1967, Ph.D. 1969, EE, professor), the frontiersman in public-key cryptography, noted for Diffie-Hellman-Merkle public key exchange, Marconi Prize winner, inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • Charles Herrold (graduate), inventor of the first radio station in the world
  • William Hewlett (B.E., M.E. in EE), founder of Hewlett-Packard, National Medal of Science awardee
  • Ted Hoff (Ph.D. 1962), the creator of the microprocessor, winner of Kyoto Prize, inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame, winner of the national medal of technology
  • John Hopcroft (Ph.D. 1964 in EE, ex-professor), Turing Award-winning computer scientist
  • Daniel Henry Holmes Ingalls, Jr., MS. in CS, Grace Murray Hopper awardee
  • Leslie Kaelbling (Ph.D. in CS), award winner of computers and thought award
  • Thomas Kailath professor in EE, 2007 award winner of IEEE medal of honor
  • Lydia Kavraki (Ph.D. in CS), 2000 Grace Murray Hopper award winner
  • Alan Kay (Postdoc), Turing Award-winning computer scientist
  • Dan Klein (Ph.D. in CS), 2006 Grace Murray Hopper award winner
  • Daphne Koller, Stanford CS professor, winner of ACM-Infosys Foundation Award, winner of computers and thought award
  • Douglas Lenat (Ph.D. in CS and former professor), award winner of computers and thought the award
  • Barbara Liskov (Ph.D.), 1st female Ph.D. in computer science in the US, MIT Ford professor, Turing Award winner
  • John N. Little (M.E. 1980), co-inventor of MATLAB
  • Albert Macovski (Ph.D.), the authority on computerized imaging systems with 150 patents
  • Theodore Maiman (M.E. in EE and Ph.D. in physics), inventor of ruby laser, the first working laser in the world; National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • Jitendra Malik (Ph.D.), CS professor at UC Berkeley
  • James Meindl, former professor, 2006 award winner of IEEE medal of honor
  • Ralph Merkle (Ph.D. 1979, EE), a frontiersman in public-key cryptography, noted for Diffie-Hellman-Merkle public key exchange, inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame
  • Tom M. Mitchell (Ph.D., computer science), professor and head of the machine learning department at CMU, winner of computers and thought the award
  • Cleve Moler (Ph.D., M.E. 1980), co-creator of MATLAB
  • Roger Moore, Grace Murray Hopper awardee
  • Hans Moravec (Ph.D. 1980), co-designer of Stanford CART, the 1st computer-controlled robot car

Stanford University Tuition fee/Cost to Attend

The annual list price to attend Stanford University on a full-time basis is $69,109 for all students regardless of their residency. This fee is comprised of $48,987 for tuition, $15,112 room and board, $1,455 for books and supplies, and $630 for other fees.

Below is a table with a breakdown of the various items and fees required at Stanford University.

Items Fee
Tuition $48,987
Books and supplies $1,455
Room and Board $15,112
Other fees $630
Other Expenses Budget $2,925
Total $69,109

University Ranking

According to the 2018 World University ranking, Stanford University is currently ranked 2nd behind Harvard University which occupies the top spot.

Stanford University Campus

Central campus

The University’s academic central campus is adjacent to Palo Alto, bounded by El Camino Real, Stanford Avenue, Junipero Serra Boulevard, and Sand Hill Road.

The United States Postal Service has given it two ZIP Codes: 94305 for campus mail and 94309 for P.O. Box mail. It lies within area code 650.

Non-central campus

Stanford University currently operates or intends to operate in various locations outside of its central campus.

On the founding grant:

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve is a 1,200-acre natural reserve south of the central campus owned by the university and used by wildlife biologists for research.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is a facility that is west of the central campus operated by the University for the Department of Energy.

It contains the longest linear particle accelerator in the world, 2 miles (3.2 km) on 426 acres (172 ha) of land.

Golf course and a seasonal lake: The university also has its own golf course and a seasonal lake (Lake Lagunita, actually an irrigation reservoir), both home to the vulnerable California tiger salamander. As of 2012, Lake Lagunita was regularly dry and the university had no plans to artificially fill it.

Off the founding grant:

Hopkins Marine Station, in Pacific Grove, California, is a marine biology research center that is owned by the university since 1892.

Study abroad locations: unlike typical study abroad programs, Stanford itself operates in several locations around the world; thus, each location has Stanford faculty-in-residence and staff in addition to students, creating a “mini-Stanford.”

China: Stanford University Center at Peking University, housed in the Lee Jung Sen Building, is a small center for researchers and students in collaboration with Peking University.

Locations in development:

Redwood City: in 2005, Stanford university purchased a small, 35-acre (14 ha) campus in Midpoint Technology Park intended for staff offices; development was delayed by The Great Recession. In 2015 the university announced a development plan.

Courses Offered at Stanford University

Graduate School of Business

  • Accounting (ACCT)
  • Economic Analysis & Policy (MGTECON)
  • Finance (FINANCE)
  • GSB General & Interdisciplinary (GSBGEN)
  • Human Resource Management (HRMGT) Marketing (MKTG)
  • Operations Information & Technology (OIT)
  • Organizational Behavior (OB)
  • Political Economics (POLECON)
  • Strategic Management (STRAMGT)

School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

  • Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
  • Earth Systems (EARTHSYS)
  • Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences (EEES)
  • Energy Resources Engineering (ENERGY)
  • Environment and Resources, Earth System Science (ESS)
  • Geological Sciences (GEOLSCI)
  • Geophysics (GEOPHYS)
  • Sustainability Science and Practice (SUST)
  • Woods Institute for the Environment (ENVRINST)
  • School of Education
  • Education (EDUC)

School of Engineering

  • Aeronautics & Astronautics (AA)
  • Bioengineering (BIOE)
  • Chemical Engineering (CHEMENG)
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)
  • Computational & Mathematical Engineering (CME)
  • Computer Science (CS)
  • Design Institute (DESINST) Electrical Engineering (EE)
  • Engineering (ENGR)
  • Management Science & Engineering (MS&E)
  • Materials Science & Engineer (MATSCI)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  • Scientific Computing & Comput’l Math (SCCM)

School of Humanities & Sciences

  • African & African American Studies (AFRICAAM)
  • African & Middle Eastern Languages (AMELANG)
  • African Studies (AFRICAST)
  • American Studies (AMSTUD)
  • Anthropology (ANTHRO)
  • Applied Physics (APPPHYS)
  • Arabic Language (ARABLANG)
  • Archaeology (ARCHLGY)
  • Art History (ARTHIST)
  • Arts Institute (ARTSINST)
  • Art Studio (ARTSTUDI)
  • Asian American Studies (ASNAMST)
  • Asian Languages (ASNLANG)
  • Biology (BIO)
  • Biology/Hopkins Marine (BIOHOPK)
  • Biophysics (BIOPHYS)
  • Catalan Language Courses (CATLANG)
  • Chemistry (CHEM)
  • Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies (CHILATST)
  • Chinese (CHINA)
  • Chinese Language (CHINLANG)
  • Classics (CLASSICS)
  • Communication (COMM)
  • Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
  • Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (CSRE)
  • Dance (DANCE)
  • Division of Literatures, Cultures, & Languages (DLCL)
  • Drama (TAPS)
  • East Asian Languages & Cultures (EALC)
  • East Asian Studies (EASTASN)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • English (ENGLISH)
  • English for Foreign Students (EFSLANG)
  • Ethics in Society (ETHICSOC)
  • Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies (FEMGEN)
  • Film Production (FILMPROD)
  • Film Studies (FILMSTUD)
  • French Language (FRENLANG)
  • French Studies (FRENCH)
  • German Language (GERLANG)
  • German Studies (GERMAN)
  • Global Studies (GLOBAL)
  • History (HISTORY)
  • History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), Human Biology (HUMBIO)
  • Human Rights (HUMRTS)
  • Humanities Core (HUMCORE)
  • Humanities & Sciences (HUMSCI)
  • Iberian & Latin American Cultures (ILAC)
  • Institute for International Studies (FSI) (IIS)
  • International Policy (INTLPOL)
  • International Relations (INTNLREL)
  • Italian Language (ITALLANG)
  • Italian Studies (ITALIAN)
  • Japanese (JAPAN)
  • Japanese Language (JAPANLNG)
  • Jewish Studies (JEWISHST)
  • Korean (KOREA)
  • Korean Language (KORLANG)
  • Latin American Studies (LATINAM)
  • Linguistics (LINGUIST)
  • Mathematical & Computational Science (MCS)
  • Mathematics (MATH)
  • Medieval Studies (MEDVLST)
  • Modern Thought & Literature (MTL)
  • Music (MUSIC)
  • Native American Studies (NATIVEAM)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Physics (PHYSICS)
  • Political Science (POLISCI)
  • Portuguese Language (PORTLANG)
  • Psychology (PSYCH)
  • Public Policy (PUBLPOL)
  • Religious Studies (RELIGST)
  • Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies (REES)
  • Science, Technology, & Society (STS)
  • Slavic Language (SLAVLANG)
  • Slavic Studies (SLAVIC)
  • Sociology (SOC)
  • Spanish Language (SPANLANG)
  • Spanish, Portuguese, & Catalan Literature (ILAC)
  • Special Language Program (SPECLANG)
  • Stanford in Washington (SIW)
  • Statistics (STATS)
  • Symbolic Systems (SYMSYS)
  • Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS)
  • Tibetan Language (TIBETLNG)
  • Urban Studies (URBANST)

Law School

  • Law (LAW)
    Law, Nonprofessional (LAWGEN)

School of Medicine

  • Anesthesia (ANES)
  • Biochemistry (BIOC)
  • Biomedical Data Science (BIODS)
  • Biomedical Informatics (BIOMEDIN)
  • Biosciences Interdisciplinary (BIOS)
  • Cancer Biology (CBIO)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery (CTS)
  • Chemical & Systems Biology (CSB)
  • Community Health and Prevention Research (CHPR)
  • Comparative Medicine (COMPMED)
  • Dermatology (DERM)
  • Developmental Biology (DBIO)
  • Emergency Medicine (EMED)
  • Family and Community Medicine (FAMMED)
  • Genetics (GENE)
  • Health Research & Policy (HRP)
  • Immunology (IMMUNOL)
  • Medicine (MED)
  • Medicine Interdisciplinary (INDE)
  • Microbiology and Immunology (MI), Molecular & Cellular Physiology (MCP)
  • Neurobiology (NBIO)
  • Neurology & Neurological Sciences (NENS)
  • Neurosciences Program (NEPR)
  • Neurosurgery (NSUR)
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology (OBGYN)
  • Ophthalmology (OPHT)
  • Orthopedic Surgery (ORTHO)
  • Otolaryngology (OTOHNS)
  • Pathology (PATH)
  • Pediatrics (PEDS)
  • Physician Assistant Studies (PAS)
  • Psychiatry (PSYC)
  • Radiation Oncology (RADO)
  • Radiology (RAD)

School of Medicine General (SOMGEN)

  • Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (STEMREM)
  • Structural Biology (SBIO)
  • Surgery (SURG)
  • Urology (UROL)
  • Health and Human Performance
  • Athletics and Club Sports (ATHLETIC)
  • Kinesiology (KIN)
  • Leadership Innovations (LEAD)
  • Lifeworks (LIFE) Outdoor Education (OUTDOOR)
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Wellness Education (WELLNESS)
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