What makes Stanford stand out from others students may be considering?
As a respected leader in both the sciences and the humanities, Stanford brings together extraordinary faculty members and students in the pursuit of excellence. Opportunities for discovery begin in the classroom and extend into the rich research life of campus laboratories, libraries, studios and beyond. Learning outside the classroom is also supported by a vibrant residential system that emphasizes service and community. Students may choose to participate in a vast array of educational opportunities, including undergraduate research programs, departmental honors programs, co-terminal programs and overseas study programs. Stanford has a strong commitment to diversity – about half of the Class of 2020 is made up of students of color and 15% of the incoming freshmen are the first in their families to attend college.
What support services or diversity initiatives does Stanford offer first-gen, low-income, and/or underrepresented students?
Early College Awareness Program & Outreach
Stanford’s Office of Undergraduate Admission partners with local and regional community-based organizations such as A Better Chance, Chicago Scholars, Cherokee College Prep Institute, College Horizons, College Match, College Summit, College Track, Foundation for a College Education, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Phoenix Scholars Program and QuestBridge. The Office of Undergraduate Admission provides guided campus tours and college information sessions designed to help students think about and prepare for the transition to higher education. The Office of Undergraduate Admission also offers college preparatory workshops in partnership with the following annual Stanford community conferences and programs:
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society’s (AISES) College Life and Undergraduate Education for Interested Natives (CLUE-IN) Day
- Black Student Union & Black Community Services Center’s Youth Empowerment Conference
- Stanford Hmong Outreach Program Promoting Education (SHOPPE)
- MEChA de Stanford’s Raza Day
- Pilipino American Student Union’s (PASU) Kapatid mentoring program.
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Academic Advising & Support
Academic advising is key to a successful undergraduate experience. Stanford offers a wealth of intellectual opportunities, both in and outside the classroom. The Office of Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) helps you take full advantage of all that is available as you create your own unique path through your undergraduate career. UAR advisers work directly with you in one-on-one interactions to help you develop your scholarly interests before and after declaring a major, overcome obstacles to your academic success, immerse yourself in your chosen field, engage with faculty, take advantage of academic opportunities and resources outside of your major department and, for some students, prepare for post-baccalaureate study.
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Student Life & Support
In addition to the faculty advisers that the Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) department assigns to all freshmen, Expanded Advising Programs work in conjunction with our campus community centers. Stanford’s community centers assist students in their success by offering additional resources and support networks, including:
- Asian American Activities Center
- Black Community Services Center
- Diversity and First Generation Office
- El Centro Chicano y Latino
- LGBT Community Resource Center
- The Markaz: Resource Center for Engagement with the Cultures and Peoples of the Muslim World
- Native American Cultural Center
- Women’s Community Center
Stanford’s ethnic-themed houses – Ujamaa (the African American themed dorm), Casa Zapata (the Latino themed dorm), Muwekma-tah-ruk (the Native themed dorm) and Okada (the Asian American themed dorm) – also all serve to offer community spaces that further these networks.
Learn more about Diversity at Stanford
Student Life & Support
Stanford’s mission is to support students as they evolve into leaders in a pluralistic world. Specifically, the Diversity and First Gen Office supports both the campus and academic life of first generation and/or low-income students through office initiatives and campus partnerships. It provides campus leadership for students, faculty and staff to consciously and actively affirm intersectional identities and foster intergroup relationships. The Diversity and First Gen Office also provides The Opportunity Fund, a grant for current students that is designed to financially assist undergraduate students who are experiencing a temporary financial challenge from a hardship or who are seeking funds for an opportunity related to their academic, professional, and/or social development. Learn more about Diversity and First Gen Office
What should College Greenlight students know about financial aid?
Students should know that our financial aid program is designed to ensure that their family’s economic circumstances will not prevent you from being able to enroll at Stanford. Stanford’s need-based financial aid program makes it financially possible for admitted students to attend. Our admission program is need-blind. This mean, for all domestic applicants, financial status will not affect the admission decision. Students whose families make less than $125,000 a year will, at minimum, have their tuition paid for by Stanford. Students whose families make less than $65,000 a year will have an assumed family contribution of zero, essentially a full ride. Over 70% of Stanford students graduate with no educational debt.
Learn more about Financial Aid at Stanford.
What do your institution’s campus and its surrounding area have to offer students? (Cultural opportunities, outdoor recreation, athletics)
The Stanford campus provides a variety of recreational opportunities. The community is able to go hiking at the Dish, appreciate the arts in our new Arts District, or visit the Stanford Shopping Center. Stanford also has two recreation centers on campus for students, and students are able to participate in intramural and club sports. Stanford is a Division I school, and is regarded as one of the top athletic programs in the country. Stanford students are also in the middle of the Bay Area, where they can reach San Francisco, Oakland or San Jose via public transportation. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, it is to no surprise that Stanford University is always buzzing with intellectual vitality and the entrepreneurial spirit.
What else should students and counselors know?
There are many students, from underrepresented and/or low income students who have come and made a huge impact on Stanford and then the world. However, there are far more who do not apply to Stanford because they believe that they would not be offered admission or afford tuition. We are here for those who dare to step out of their comfort zone and are committed to solving the world’s issues and better our global society. Admission to Stanford University isn’t only about GPA’s and test scores. Stanford looks for competitive AND compelling students, and we’re looking for all of the unique contributors to contribute to our campus community. Students should reflect upon their experiences in order to see what they’ve done in high school that they might consider to be above and beyond the normal high school experience.