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Enrollment

Stanford University is home to over 16,000 degree-seeking students enrolled in bachelor's, master's, professional, and doctoral programs. Enrollment has been growing steadily and has increased nearly 5% between 2010 and 2018. Most of the growth has been in the academic doctoral population during that time. While men still outnumber women in the overall population, the undergraduate student population has nearly equal numbers of men and women.

Use this page to explore Autumn enrollment data for Stanford. The dashboard allows you to look at enrollments by School and Degree Level (bachelor's, master's, professional, doctoral). Non-degree students (e.g. postdoctoral scholars) are not included here. More detailed definitions of the terms and counts used here can be found below the dashboard.

Methodology & Definitions

Student Headcounts

Two different headcounts are used in these dashboards. The first is the University Headcount, which provides an unduplicated, university-wide headcount of active, enrolled students as of the fourth week of the autumn quarter for a given academic year (typically between October 25-30). It utilizes certain trumping logic to determine which affiliation is represented. Due to derivation logic, this will not provide a count of all students in a particular school, major, etc. The pursuit chosen by the logic is generally the one with the highest Degree Rank Order. For example, a student pursuing both an MA and a PhD would be counted as a PhD student in the University Headcount.

The other headcount used in these dashboards is the School Headcount, which also includes all students who are active, enrolled students as of the fourth week of the autumn quarter (similar to the University Headcount). In the School Headcount, undergraduate students are counted in each of their degree plans. Graduate students are counted in their highest degree plan per school. This gives a more complete view of the academic pursuits of students than the University Headcount. Coterminal master's students are counted either as undergraduates or graduates depending on their status.

Degree Level

The enrollment numbers here are categorized into four types of degree-seeking students.

  1. Bachelor's

    This category includes the B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), B.S. (Bachelor of Science) and B.A.S. (Bachelor of Arts and Science) degrees. The latter may be granted to students fulfilling requirements for both a B.A. and a B.S.

  2. Master's (academic)

    This category includes the M.A. (Master of Arts), M.S. (Master of Science), M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts), M.P.P (Master of Public Policy), M.L.S. (Master of Legal Studies), J.S.M. (Master of the Sciences of Law), L.L.M. (Master of Laws), Eng (Engineer), and M.L.A. (Master of Liberal Arts; offered by Stanford Continuing Studies).

  3. Doctoral (academic)

    This category includes the Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy), D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts), and J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law) degrees.

  4. Professional

    This category spans degrees at both the Master's and Doctoral level that emphasize practical application and skill development. It includes the M.D. (Doctor of Medicine; School of Medicine only), J.D. (Juris Doctor; Law School only), and M.B.A (Master of Business Administration; Graduate School of Business only).

Underrepresented Minority Category (URM)

The URM category includes all US Citizens and permanent residents who have self-identified as American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. The URM category will include "Two or more" individuals if at least one of their affiliations is one of these groups.

Sex

At present, only data on binary sex is available.

Data

The data is available for download in Box.

  • Data Source(s): SIRIS

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