Stanford's motto, "the wind of freedom blows," a call to unfettered research, service and discovery, was adopted as a guiding principle more than 100 years ago.
Stanford's pioneering spirit of the American West fuels much of its mission, which is to overcome our time's seemingly intractable challenges through open and fearless inquiry and action. Take the time to learn more about how our academic programs and undergraduate research opportunities relate to our mission. These pages will not only enable you to learn more about Stanford?s mission but will also provide you with basic information about majors and minors as well as general education requirements.
Stanford offers more than 75 programs of study in 3 undergraduate schools. Students can pursue joint bachelor/master degree programs and take classes in the graduate schools of education, law, medicine and business.
Stanford's undergraduate education is distinguished by a unique quarter-system calendar and a virtually unrivaled 6.4:1 student-to-faculty ratio where approximately 75% of classes have 15 students or fewer.
The reach of Stanford's campus extends far beyond Palo Alto - to Monterey Bay (home of the Hopkins Marine Institute), to the Stanford in Washington Program, and to 11 overseas campuses from Brisbane to Berlin.
Current Stanford faculty members include 16 Nobel and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as 23 MacArthur Fellows. One is the former U.S. Secretary of State while another founded the world's first sleep laboratory.
Stanford allocates more funding for undergraduate research - $4 million—than any other university in the U.S. Opportunities exist at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Hoover Institution Archives.
Discover Stanford is a two-part program intended for high school juniors and seniors (and their parents) interested in applying for admission to Stanford University.
Download a copy of the latest Stanford Preview to see a list of undergraduate programs of study and review our applicant profile.