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Stanford University

The Leland Stanford Junior University was founded on 11 November, 1885 by California Senator Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane. The university was built as a memorial after they lost their only child Leland Jr. to typhoid in 1884. The university opened on October 1, 1891 as a tuition-free institute. The Stanford’s family and the founding President Davis Starr Jordan wanted the university to be affordable and it is evident even today. The German motto of the university is “Die Luft der Freiheit weht” that translates to “the wind of freedom blows”. The university was built on an 8180-acre Palo Alto stock form that Leland had purchased a few years before that. It is located in the city of Palo Alto in California, United States.

Key Statistics

  • 1708 Class Size
  • 1460-1640 Avg SAT
  • 32-35 ACT range
  • 5% Overall Admittance Rate
  • 11% International Students
  • 51% Women Percentage
  • 770 - 880 SAT Math range
  • 690-760 SAT EBRW range


  1. Financial Aid: The idea of the founding fathers to keep this university open to students from all economic background persists even today. The tuition fee for undergrads with family incomes below $125,000 is free. In addition to this if the income is below $65,000 then even the room & board charges are free.

  2. Academics: Stanford University has a great student-to-faculty ratio of 4:1 with 2,180 faculty members leading the way. There are 90+ fields of graduate university available. Undergraduate students are allowed to change their major at a later stage if they realize a different filed is better fit for them.

  3. Student Life: The campus is a very lively place with biking being the most common form of transport. There are more than 600 student groups and around 11,000 students in the campus. Stanford even has a designated 'arts district' in the campus to foster art and creativity. Even the sports are actively played with 36 varsity sports and 32 club sports.

  4. Campus Services: Almost all the undergraduate and a lot of graduate students live in 81 diverse student residencies. There are 8 dining halls and organic gardens to provide the best quality food to the campus community.

  5. Counselling: Stanford has it's 'Graduate Life Office' that helps students with various personal issues, financial problems, etc. They actively engage community to look for any worsening signs among their peers so that they make intervene and help the student. It's an important service which will help you navigate through your program.

Notable Alumni

  • Elon Musk Founder/Co-founder & CEO of SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink and The Boring Company
  • Katie Ledecky American competitive swimmer, five-time Olympic Gold Medalist and 14-time world champion
  • Larry Page Co-founder of Google and CEO of Alphabet Inc.
  • Reed Hastings Co-founder, Chariman & CEO of Netflix Inc.