Full-Time Student Population
Part-Time Student Population
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
- Fewer than 20 students: 70%
- 20 to 49 students: 17%
- 50 or more students: 13%
Continuing Professional: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
- School of Earth Sciences
- School of Education
- School of Engineering
- School of Humanities & Sciences
- School of Medicine
- Bachelor's degree
- Doctorate - Professional practice
- Doctorate - Research/scholarship
- Master's degree
- Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
- Business Administration and Management: 4%
- Computer Science: 3%
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering: 3%
- Engineering/Industrial Management: 3%
- English (including composition)
- Foreign language
- Sciences (biological or physical)
- Social science
Special Study Options
- Distance learning opportunities
- Study abroad
- Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
- Double major
- Exchange student program (domestic)
- Honors program
- Independent study
- Student-designed major
There are some online classes in certain departments and programs, but mostly students participate in on-campus classes.
Best Places to Study
- Bender Room
- The CoHo (coffeehouse)
- Green Library Stacks
- The History Corner
- Law Library
Tips to Succeed
- Actually go to class.
- Find a good study group.
- Get out and go to parties.
- Go to office hours.
- Join a student group, but don't join too many.
- Live in a different dorm every year-get to know people, learn from everybody, and get to know a new environment.
- Pick classes you actually like.
- Use courserank.stanford.edu when deciding classes. It is an online class review site that lists every class offered as well as comments from former students.
Did You Know?
- Stanford is on the quarter system. Students typically attend three quarters each year: autumn, winter, and spring. Courses are measured in units, where each unit roughly corresponds to three hours of work per week. It takes 180 units to graduate, and on average, students enroll in 15 units per quarter.
- Every quarter during the week before finals (called Dead Week), students gather at midnight to partake in a tradition called the "Primal Scream," where students scream to alleviate stress.
- You can create your own major. If you do not find a major that fits your academic passion, you can create your own major with the help of advisers. Just present a proposal, find professors that are also interested in your subject, and go for it. The possibilities are endless.