Stanford University
#10 Overall Influence#1 Desirability Rank

Stanford University

Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

47,452

Acceptance

4%

Graduation Rate

94%

Median SAT Score

1495

Median ACT Score

33

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$50,703

Fees (in-state)

$651

Net Cost for 60k Income

$451

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$141,300

Employed

91%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

14K

Under-Grads

7K

Graduates

7K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

, Stanford CA 94305

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#2 World Rank #2 USA Rank
Computer Science
#3 World Rank #3 USA Rank
Communications
#3 World Rank #3 USA Rank
Engineering
#4 World Rank #3 USA Rank
Business
#5 World Rank #2 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#7 World Rank #6 USA Rank
Political Science
#7 World Rank #5 USA Rank
Biology
#9 World Rank #7 USA Rank
Medical
#9 World Rank #6 USA Rank
Psychology
#9 World Rank #7 USA Rank
Economics
#11 World Rank #10 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#11 World Rank #6 USA Rank
Mathematics
#13 World Rank #8 USA Rank
Chemistry
#14 World Rank #9 USA Rank
History
#14 World Rank #8 USA Rank
Law
#15 World Rank #7 USA Rank
Sociology
#15 World Rank #9 USA Rank
Physics
#18 World Rank #9 USA Rank
Literature
#19 World Rank #10 USA Rank
Anthropology
#25 World Rank #10 USA Rank
Religious Studies
#34 World Rank #12 USA Rank
Philosophy
#50 World Rank #40 USA Rank
Nursing
#68 World Rank #52 USA Rank
Social Work

Influential People

Who are Stanford University's Most influential alumni?

Stanford University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Computer Science, Communications, and Engineering. Stanford University’s most academically influential people include John Steinbeck, Elon Musk, and Vint Cerf.

John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck

American writer

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Elon Musk
Elon Musk

South African-born American entrepreneur

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Vint Cerf
Vint Cerf

American computer scientist

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Gérard Debreu
Gérard Debreu

French economist and mathematician

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Dean H. Kenyon

American intelligence design advocate

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John Harsanyi
John Harsanyi

Hungarian economist

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Douglas Hofstadter
Douglas Hofstadter

American professor of cognitive science

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Peter Thiel
Peter Thiel

American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager

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Larry Page
Larry Page

American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur

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M. Stanley Whittingham

Nobel laureate in chemistry & American chemist

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Randy Schekman
Randy Schekman

Nobel prize winning American cell biologist

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Carl Wieman
Carl Wieman

Nobel prize winning US physicist

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About This School

How does this school stack up?

By James Barham, PhD

Stanford University was founded by Leland Stanford, a wealthy railroad magnate and erstwhile US Senator from California, as well as a former Governor of the Golden State. He placed the university in an unincorporated area about 30 miles south of San Francisco, adjacent to the town of Palo Alto (which he also founded). The campus lies in what is now known as Silicon Valley, which contributes greatly to the immense intellectual and economic influence of the private, research university that still bears the Stanford family name. Today, Stanford University is perhaps the closest thing to a true Ivy League school on the West Coast.

The university can claim more than 80 Nobel laureates among its alumni and its full-time or visiting faculty, including:

  • Carl Wieman in physics
  • Roger Kornberg in chemistry
  • Thomas Südhof in physiology or medicine
  • Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz in economics

Stanford is also the world-leader in Turing Awards (for computer science) with 27 winners, including such luminaries as:

  • Vinton Cerf
  • Whitfield Diffie
  • Edward Feigenbaum
  • Martin Hellman
  • John Hopcroft
  • Donald Knuth
  • Barbara Liskov
  • John McCarthy
  • Allen Newell
  • Ronald Rivest

Another area of particular academic strength for Stanford is mathematics, as evidenced by the school’s eight Fields Medalists, including Maryam Mirzakhani and Akshay Venkatesh.

However, the particular area of strength that really sets Stanford apart from most other schools boasting similar academic firepower is its contribution to the world of business, especially successful start-up companies. Stanford is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires, including:

  • Sergey Brin
  • Elizabeth Holmes
  • Elon Musk
  • Larry Page
  • Peter Thiel

Its alumni have founded companies which combined have created 5.4 million jobs and generate $2.7 trillion in annual revenue (as of 2011). If these Stanford-connected companies were to join together and declare their independence, the country they would form would have the 10th-largest economy in the world!

Stanford is also the alma mater of many famous people from numerous other walks of life, including:

  • 31st President of the US, Herbert Hoover
  • Nobel Prize – winning novelist, John Steinbeck
  • Philosophers, Michael Dummett, Donald Davidson, & John R. Perry
  • Former Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor
  • 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination candidates, Cory Booker & Julián Castro
  • Former astronauts, Mae Jemison, Ellen Ochoa, & Sally Ride
  • TV personality, Rachel Maddow
  • Movie stars, Jennifer Connelly, Sigourney Weaver, & Reese Witherspoon

Finally, with a library whose enormous collection contains more than nine million volumes, Stanford is a major research resource for the entire West Coast region across a wide variety of academic fields.