Stanford University also called the Leland Stanford Junior University was founded in 1885 by Jane and Leland Stanford in memory of their only child Leland Junior who died of typhoid at the age of 15. After the death of their only child, Jane and Leland Stanford decided to commit their wealth and life to educating the younger generation. That is how the decision to establish Stanford University was made.

Stanford University is known for its close ties with silicon valley and for its entrepreneurial spirit. Over the years, it has been the hotspot for many known startups that later turned into big businesses. The students here are deemed to bring a change in the future by bringing in innovative products or startups. That is the reason most students prefer to study at Stanford University. But the university is very selective of its students and has an acceptance rate of 5%. 

In the below article we will show you the standing of Stanford University in world rankings, the requirements to study at the university, popular courses with an estimate of fees and we will also tell you how to apply to the University.

World Ranking

Stanford has earned its reputation not only among the US top Universities but around the world. The university is currently ranked No.3 in the QS world university rankings. The other rankings attained by the university are listed in the below table.


Name of the Ranking

Ranked by


QS World University Rankings

QS Top Universities


World University Rankings

Times Higher Education


Graduate Employability Rankings

QS Global World Rankings


Academic Ranking of World Universities

Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Best Global Universities

US News


Requirements to study at the University

The requirements vary according to the course you are opting for. But below are some general requirements that will give you a clear idea about your eligibility to the University overall and then you can go to the university to check the specific requirements according to your chosen course by going to the official website of Stanford University.

  • The applicant must at least be 18 years of age.
  • The applicant must have at least completed secondary school or high school or its equivalent to apply to the university.
  • International students should write English language proficiency tests to prove their proficiency in the English language. Check to know if you need to write an English language proficiency test and choose from a varied range of tests.

Community of Scholars

Before we jump on to the popular courses, let us have a glimpse of the quality of teaching staff at the Univesity. The university is famous for its amazing teaching staff of scholars. Stanford University consists of a teaching community that includes:- 

  • 19 Nobel Laureates
  • 34 Nobel Prize winners (since the university’s founding) 
  • 4 Pulitzer Prize winners
  • 12 National Medal of Science recipients
  • 31 MacArthur Fellows
  • 4 National Humanities Medal recipients
  • 2 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

Courses with cost/fee

Stanford University has seven schools and among the seven, the school of Engineering is very famous for offering undergraduate programs. The School of Engineering at Stanford University is ranked second in the US news Best undergraduate Engineering programs. Below are the 10 most popular courses at Stanford University.


Course Name

Course Duration

Estimated fee per annum(in INR)


Aeronautics and Astronautics MS Degree

2 years

44.79 lacs 


M.Sc Aeronautics and Astronautics

2 years

44.79 lacs


M.Sc Mechanical Engineering

2 years

47.72 lacs


M.A Stanford Teaching Education Program (STEP)

1 year

44.79 lacs


M.Sc Mathematics

2 years

44.79 lacs


M.Sc Bioengineering

2 years

47.72 lacs


M.Sc Statistics

1 year

44.79 lacs


M.A History

2 years

44.79 lacs



2 years

44.79 lacs


M.Sc Computer Science

2 years

44.79 lacs


How to apply to the university

Below we have listed the details to apply at Stanford University. Read them carefully and also refer to the deadline before applying to the university.

  • Create an account on the Common application and fill out your form for Stanford University. For details on how to register on the common application, read the instructions listed in this article.
  • Submit a fee of 90 USD, which is non-refundable, or you can also submit a fee waiver request.
  • ACT or SAT scores, though it is optional for the 2022-23 batch.
  • Submit a school report and letter of recommendation from your counselor.
  • Submit official transcripts or school reports.
  • Submit Letters of recommendation from your two teachers.
  • Submit midyear transcripts.

Above, we talked about the application process and the documents that you need to submit. Keep in mind the deadline before you apply. The standard application deadline for an early decision is November 1 and January 15 for a regular decision.

In the above article, we discussed the achievements of the university in terms of rankings. Those stats definitely speak for the quality of education that the university offers. Also, we discussed the quality of professors or teachers at the university. A good teacher enables a student in achieving the best that the student can. These factors are more than enough for you to decide on taking admission into the university right away. Though the fee for some courses might pinch you a bit. But we from WeMakeScholars are here to help you in regard to the expenses that you may incur at the university including the fee and your living expenses. WeMakeScholars help students by guiding them through the best education loan offer and also connecting them to the suitable public or private lenders to get the process done quickly. What does WeMakeScholars charge in exchange for helping you out? Just your blessings and nothing else. So connect to WeMakeScholars today to get started with the fastest and the best education loans by requesting a callback from our team.