Vault's Rating 4.5 out of 5

Uppers

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

Downers

  • Highly selective
  • Expensive

The Bottom Line

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

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