About Stanford University:

Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world's top-ten universities. The university was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year. Stanford was a U.S. Senator and former Governor of California who made his fortune as a railroad tycoon. The school admitted its first students on October 1, 1891, as a coeducational and non-denominational institution. Stanford University struggled financially after Leland Stanford's death in 1893 and again after much of the campus was damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Following World War II, Provost Frederick Termansupported faculty and graduates' entrepreneurialism to build self-sufficient local industry in what would later be known as Silicon Valley. The university is also one of the top fundraising institutions in the country, becoming the first school to raise more than a billion dollars in a year. The university is organized around three traditional schools consisting of 40 academic departments at the undergraduate and graduate level and four professional schools that focus on graduate programs in Law, Medicine, Education and Business.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
World University Rankings 4 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 4 2 3 2 2

ByField

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agriculture 29 33 35 38 227 28 27 25 25 26 29 27
Engineering 4 5 5 5 5 6 8 10 10 12 12 12
Life Sciences 4 4 5 9 8 4 5 6 5 5 5 3
Medicine 13 13 13 15 14 15 15 15 14 12 11 10
Natural Sciences 7 6 6 6 7 7 8 8 4 4 4 5
Social Sciences 8 6 6 8 5 6 5 6 6 4 4 5

BySubject

Subject 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agricultural Sciences - 223 227 237 185 201 197 171 167 159
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - 2
Chemical Engineering 31 35 41 26 31 34 25 34 31 30
Chemistry 8 7 7 8 12 13 8 13 10 11
Civil Engineering 14 20 14 10 17 15 26 50 56 50
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - - 10
Computer Science 2 3 3 3 3 3 5 6 14 21
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - 3
Electrical Engineering 4 3 3 4 7 10 12 12 18 28
Environment / Ecology - 7 9 5 5 6 6 7 9 7
Geosciences 25 25 29 30 26 28 34 34 36 32
Immunology - - - - - - - - - 12
Materials Science 15 13 12 11 9 8 7 9 7 7
Mathematics 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 3
Mechanical Engineering 2 4 2 3 6 8 9 13 30 23
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - 12
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - 3
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - 8
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - 63 31 32 22 24 24 20 21
Physics 7 7 7 8 8 8 5 5 4 2
Plant & Animal Science - 72 75 70 77 74 67 71 73 74
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - 10
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - - 10
Space Science - - - - - - - - - 13