Stanford University was founded in 1891. Since its start, Stanford has expanded from 555 students and 15 faculty members to a student body of more than 19,000. Stanford has seven academic schools, offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Some popular majors include Library Science, Engineering and Biology. The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education ranked Stanford among the top 5 research universities with the highest African-American graduation rate. African-American students can find a safe space to discuss their culture and concerns at the Black Community Services Center and participate in a range of cultural, political and Greek activities aimed at students of color. Some of these groups include, Black and Queer of Stanford, Jam Pac’d Hip Hop Dance Ensemble and The Real News Student Newspaper. Whatever the desire: athletic, academic, social, religious, or cultural, Stanford students will find something to engage their skills and talents while serving the campus and the community.

Location: Stanford, CA

Type of Institution: Four-year, private research university

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State/Out-of-State: $13,750

Size: 19,000+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 7%

Percentage of Men: 52%

Percentage of Women: 48%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 12:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate, Professional

Colleges/Schools: Business, Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Sciences, Law, Medicine, Continuing Studies

Housing: On-campus housing provided

Famous Black Grads/Faculty: Condoleezza Rice, Tiger Woods, Mae C. Jemison, Corey Booker, bell hooks, Susan E. Rice


     • Greek: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Kappa Alpha Psi

     • Others: Black Men’s Forum, Black and Queer of Stanford, Black Pre-Law Society, Black Student Union, Jam Pac’d Hip Hop Dance Ensemble, NAACP, Naija-Nigerian Students Association, Black Pre-Medical Society, Stanford Steppers, The Real News Student Newspaper, Stanford Gospel Choir, Society of Black Scientists and Engineers, Kuumba-African Dance Ensemble, Stanfunk

City Life: About 45 minutes from San Francisco, CA, double decker bus city tours, sailing, kayaking, Golden Gate Park, museums, art galleries, shopping, dining, cable cars, Alcatraz tours, Wine City tours, gay-friendly, festivals, shopping, dining