Vault Rating: 4.5 out of 5


  • Located near bustling San Francisco
  • Extremely low student-teacher ratio and small class sizes


  • Highly selective
  • Expensive

The Bottom Line

  • Stanford University, founded in 1885 and located in California’s Bay Area, emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research through small class sizes and a highly accessible faculty.


Getting in to Stanford is extremely challenging. The school is highly selective, with an admission rate of 7.1 percent and an early acceptance rate of 12.6 percent. Academic excellence is the primary requirement for admission, although the school states that there are no specific GPA or...  

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