Stanford University is a prominent private research university in the United States. With nearly 2,000 academic staff, it accepts about 7,000 undergraduates and more than 8,000 postgraduate students coming from all over the world.
The university was founded in 1891 by Leland Stanford and his wife Jane Lathrop Stanford in honor of their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who passed away before his 16th birthday. It is located at Stanford, California in the United States and the campus covers more than 8,000 acres.
Stanford University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree programs in its two academic schools and five professionals schools. There are over 70 departments in the seven schools of Stanford University.
The Mission of Stanford University is described as:
Its nature, that of a university with such seminaries of learning as shall make it of the highest grade, including mechanical institutes, museums, galleries of art, laboratories, and conservatories, together with all things necessary for the study of agriculture in all its branches, and for mechanical training, and the studies and exercises directed to the cultivation and enlargement of the mind; Its object, to qualify its students for personal success, and direct usefulness in life; And its purposes, to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilization, teaching the blessings of liberty regulated by law, and inculcating love and reverence for the great principles of government as derived from the inalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The university is usually ranked in the top two or three universities in World University Rankings. It is regularly ranked in the top five universities in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. There are more than 50 Stanford faculty, staff and alumni who have won the Nobel Prize.
Stanford University has two research schools and five professional schools:
- School of Humanities Sciences
- School of Earth Sciences
- School of Business
- School of Education
- School of Engineering
- School of Law
- School of Medicine
The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:
- Human Biology
- International Relations
- Computer Science
Stanford University is a lively and intimate residential campus and community for all its faculty and students. There are many extra-curricular programs, organizations, performances, forums and athletics that all the students, faculty and staff can participate in.
It is ranked in the top two or three universities in World University Rankings and top five in U.S. News and World Report.
Applicants for the university are required to provide an academic transcript, SAT scores, recommendation letters, essays and any other application documents the university requires.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
It costs $54,947 for students to pay for the tuition and fees at Stanford University every year. Students also need to buy text books and other materials for study by themselves, which costs, in general, over $1,000 a year.
The university provides several forms of financial aid including jobs and optional loans to students. It waives tuition and fees for families with incomes below $60,000 and families with incomes below $10,000 are not required to pay tuition. 80% of students are on some form of financial aid at Stanford.