Stanford University: Narrative Description

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Stanford, CA 94305-9991
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1891. Setting: 8,180-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Francisco. Endowment: $10 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $930.2 million. Total enrollment: 18,836. Faculty: 1,031 (1,010 full-time, 21 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 19,172 applied, 13% were admitted. 87% from top 10% of their high school class, 92% from top quarter, 100% from top half. Full-time: 6,506 students, 48% women, 52% men. Part-time: 49 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 62 other countries, 53% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 11% black, 24% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 8% 25 or older, 94% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 98% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Howard University; Hopkins Marine Station; Spelman College; Morehouse College, Dartmouth College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 12/15, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $75. Comprehensive fee: $39,347 includes full-time tuition ($29,847) and college room and board ($9500). College room only: $5012. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 600 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, eating clubs. Most popular organizations: Ram's Head (theatre club), Axe Committee (athletic support), Business Association of Engineering Students, Asian-American Student Association, Stanford Daily. Major annual events: Big Game, Gaities, Full Moon on the Quad. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 6,130 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Green Library plus 18 others with 8 million books, 5.8 million microform titles, 50,056 serials, 1.3 million audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $36.2 million. 1,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Stanford is an unincorporated campus adjacent to Palo Alto. Palo Alto with a population of 60,000 is located 30 miles south of San Francisco with an ideal climate, the summer average being 70 degrees and the winter average 55 degrees. The average rainfall is 15.5 inches. The city is served by all modes of transportation, the San Francisco Airport being 18 miles north. Palo Alto has three libraries, a museum, art gallery, hotels, hospitals, and churches. The Silicon Valley, in large part an offspring of Stanford, begins at campus edge. The cultural and recreation opportunities of San Francisco and San Jose are added to the many of the Stanford campus and the surrounding area. The Pacific Ocean is 32 miles to the west; the Monterey peninsula is 75 miles to the south. The Sierra Nevada, 160 miles away and the site of several national parks, are a popular resort area for camping, hiking, and skiing.

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