Stanford University Statistics for Prospective Undergraduate Students:

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines are reported in Stanford Today, the undergraduate viewbook, which is available from undergraduate admission.

Selectivity for Freshmen

Prospective students are counted as applicants when a basic information form has been completed and submitted with the full application fee or when a request for a fee waiver based on the College Board Guidelines is granted.

SAT Scores

Scores are reported for all first-time, first-year, degree-seeking students who were expected to enroll in Fall of 1998 as of June 23, 1998, and who submitted national standardized test scores from the Educational Testing Service. (97.9 percent submitted SAT scores). Since so few Stanford applicants submit only ACT scores, percentages for them may be misleading; therefore, we do not report test data for that group. The 75th percentile score is the score that one-fourth scored at or above; the 25th percentile is the score that one-fourth of applicants scored at or below.

High School Class Rank

High school rank is reported for all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year students expected to enroll in Fall of 1998 as of June 9, 1998, who submitted high school rank information (81 percent did so).

Grade Point Average

Grade-point average, based on a 4.0 scale, is reported for all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year students expected to enroll in Fall of 1998 who submitted high school grade-point averages (96 percent did so).

Selectivity for Transfer Students

A transfer student is an undergraduate student entering the institution for the first time, but known to have previously attended a post-secondary institution at the same level.

Faculty Statistics and Quality Indicators

The Professoriate includes tenure-line faculty (assistant professors, associate professors, and professors); assistant professors subject to Ph.D.; nontenure-line faculty (assistant professor for research, associate professor for applied research, clinical, performance, teaching, research); and professor (applied research, clinical, performance, teaching, research); senior fellows at specified policy centers and institutes; center fellows at specified policy centers and institutes; and Medical Center line faculty (assistant professor, associate professor, and professor).

The titles in the tenure line are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. All members in the tenure line are members of the Academic Council of the University. Tenure-line appointments are for a term of years or without limit of time (i.e., with tenure). Tenure is security of appointment which continues to the date of academic retirement. At Stanford, the non-professorial academic staff is composed of the Academic Staff-Teaching (persons holding the titles lecturer, senior lecturer, and artist-in-residence) and the Academic Staff-Research (persons holding the titles research associate, senior research scientist, senior research engineer, and senior research scholar). The title of lecturer is used for individuals who perform a significant amount of the regular instruction with continuing programmatic need in departments and programs; for persons of special expertise or scholarly distinction either in the local community or on the non-teaching University staff who are asked on an occasional basis to give a course or part of a course in their special fields; and for individuals who are employed to meet specific departmental needs created by faculty leaves or unanticipated student load. The title of senior lecturer is associated with a demonstrably higher level of responsibility and teaching excellence than that of a lecturer, and there are normally only a limited number of senior lecturer positions in any program. Stanford provides these numbers as a suggested basis for calculating its undergraduate faculty to student ratio.

The faculty award list is maintained by the Stanford University Office of the Provost and was checked for accuracy by the Erikson Biographical Institute in Providence, Rhode Island. This list includes all currently affiliated faculty, including emeriti. The National Academy of Education and Wolf Foundation faculty honors were checked for accuracy by University Communications with the National Academy of Education and the Wolf Foundation.

University Enrollment

University enrollment is reported for all degree-seeking, fees-paying students, excluding those in the Continuing Education programs, registered as of the end of the third week of Fall quarter 1997.

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Undergraduate class sizes are reported for the 6,087 courses for which undergraduate students were enrolled Fall through Spring 1997-98. Generally, undergraduates enroll in courses with numbers less than 200, although some undergraduates are enrolled in graduate courses, most of which have numbers higher than 200.

Majors with Highest Numbers of Graduates

Majors with the highest numbers of graduates are reported for 1998 graduates.

Financial Assistance

Stanford has a financial assistance policy of need-blind admission. This means that admission decisions are made without regard to the student's ability to pay. Stanford then provides aid to meet demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. The 1996-97 academic year was chosen for reporting because it is the most recent year as of this date for which audited numbers are available. Numbers for the 1997-98 year will be available in late Fall, 1998.

Financial aid means Stanford, federal and all other kinds of assistance, including state-based aid and, for instance, private scholarships. Aid is offered in the form of scholarships, jobs, and/or loans.

To qualify for scholarship aid, undergraduate students in 1996-97 were expected to accept up to approximately 20% of their cost of attendance in self-help (long-term loan and term-time job).

Average per-student cumulative undergraduate indebtedness includes members of the 1997 graduating class who have borrowed through all loan programs: federal, state, subsidized, nonsubsidized, etc.

Retention Rate

Retention refers to the number of degree-seeking students matriculating at the beginning of an academic year who return the following year.

Graduation Rates

Stanford's graduation rates reflect more than just students pursuing a traditional four-year bachelor's degree. They also include students seeking coterminal degrees (simultaneous bachelor's and master's), double-majors and overseas study, as well as a policy allowing students to "stop out"—that is, to take a break in their enrollment for any reason with assured readmission to complete their degrees.

Degrees Awarded

Degrees awarded is reported from July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998, excluding continuing education students.

Stanford Resources

Stanford resources are as reported in the 1997 Stanford University Annual Report.

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