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Stanford University was initially established in 1891 by railroad tycoon and former U.S. Senator Leland Stanford with his wife Jane in honor of their 15-year-old son who died of typhoid fever. After World War II, Stanford's Provost Frederick Terman promoted the university's entrepreneurialism to build what became the Silicon Valley. Stanford is one of the leading private non-profit institutions with "very high research activity." Endowed for over $22 billion, Stanford University's research has led to founding companies like Google, HP, Nike, and Instagram. Sprawling over 8,180 suburban campus, Stanford is nestled between San Jose and San Francisco in northern California. Annually, Stanford University enrolls around 6,900 undergraduates and 8,800 post-graduates.

According to the U.S. News, Stanford University is named the 4th best national college, 4th top value school, 4th best university for veterans, and 2nd most innovative school. In fact, Stanford has ranked #1 for 22 different graduate specialties. Forbes crowned Stanford the top research university in the United States with a financial grade of A+. Consistently, Stanford University is included in the Princeton Review's "Top 50 Green Colleges" and "Colleges That Pay You Back." The New York Times dubbed Stanford as America's "It" school, an honor previously held by Harvard. Times Higher Education's World Reputation Rankings place Stanford as the 3rd best global university.

Stanford University Accreditation Details

Reaffirmed in 2012, Stanford University is regionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Engineering degrees are approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Legal programs meet the standards of the American Bar Association (ABA). The Ph.D. in Psychology program is granted approval via the American Psychological Association (APA). Education degrees are aligned with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Business management programs are also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Stanford University Application Requirements

With an acceptance rate of just five percent, Stanford University has one of the country's most selective admissions processes. First-year students must be graduating from a state-approved secondary school with a diploma or equivalent. Following a college preparatory curriculum with at least four years of English, four years of math, three years of science, three years of social studies, and two years of the same foreign language. Taking challenging AP and IB classes is advised. On average, admitted students achieve a high school GPA of 4.18. Stanford freshmen also score an average of 33 on the ACT and 2210 on the SAT.

Undergraduate transfers should have completed at least 24 units at a regionally accredited college or university. However, transfer students must have at least two full-time years remaining for their bachelor's degree. Incoming transfers should hold a minimum collegiate GPA of 3.0 to compete. Transfer credits aren't granted for grades below C-. International applicants from non-English speaking nations must score at least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL. At the graduate level, master's and Ph.D. applicants must possess at least an accredited bachelor's degree. Most graduate programs mandate a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Satisfactory scores must be earned on the GRE or GMAT within the last five years.

Before the November 1st Early Action or January 3rd Regular Decision deadline, interested students should apply to Stanford University by sending:

• Online Common Application form
• Official high school and/or college transcripts
• Standardized test scores (plus writing)
• School report including counselor recommendation
• Two teacher evaluation forms
• One-page statement of purpose
• Payment for the $90 non-refundable fee

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time undergraduate students attending Stanford University must pay $15,243 quarterly. For 11 to 18 units, full-time graduate students are charged $15,243 per quarter. For eight to 10 units, part-time graduates are billed $9,910 quarterly. Each graduate unit above 18 costs $1,016. The MBA follows a different pay structure at $21,350 every year. M.D. students in the School of Medicine must afford $17,497 yearly. J.D. students attending the Law School are charged $18,061 annually. Room and board is estimated to cost an additional $14,107 every year. Average total cost of attendance is $62,801 (undergraduate) and $44,184 (graduate).

Around 68 percent of beginning full-time students at Stanford have financial aid. Although the university doesn't expect it, students can borrow money with the Federal Perkins, Federal Direct Subsidized, Federal Direct Unsubsidized, or Federal Direct Grad PLUS loans. Certain learners are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, SMART Grant, or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. In-state residents could qualify for the Cal Grant, California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth, or California National Guard EEAP Grant. On- and off-campus jobs could provide Federal Work-Study (FWS). Free money from institutional awards also averages over $165 million every year. Students from families making an annual income under $125,000 can now receive free tuition!

Degrees Available at Stanford

Stanford University is a large, residential research institute split into seven academic colleges, including the ABA-accredited Law School. Currently, students can select from over 90 bachelor's degrees, 45 master's programs, and 60 doctoral degrees. With an incredibly low student-faculty ratio of 4:1, over 70 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. Students gain access to more than 9.3 million volumes at the Stanford University Libraries (SUL), one of the world's largest academic library systems. Two example degrees offered are:

Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology

As Stanford's #1 most popular undergraduate major, the Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology program provides students with an understanding of human beings at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ, and ecosystem level. All students begin by completing a 30-unit core before progressing into the 87-unit major. Students can specialize coursework with an emphasis in Environment, Health Policy, Human Performance, Human Development, Biomedical Science, or Brain and Behavior. There's an Honors Program, with a thesis project, for students with a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Master of Science in Symbolic Systems

Stanford's Master of Science in Symbolic Systems is a lesser-known program that focuses on studying different aspects of human-computer interaction. Requiring 45 units, the two-year, full-time curriculum includes courses in computability, logic, game theory, automated reasoning, language processing, cognitive science, neuroimaging, and artificial intelligence. In the final term, students work alongside a faculty mentor to complete master's thesis research. There's also a 10-week SSP Summer Internship Program available.

Other unique degrees granted at Stanford University include the M.A. in East Asian Studies, Ph.D. in Geophysics, M.S. in Biomedical Informatics, B.A. in Chicana/o Studies, B.S. in Product Design, Ph.D. in Aeronautics, and M.A. in Slavic Languages.

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