Stanford University

WORLD RANK

2011-12
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Stanford, United States

Region: North America

  • Overall score
    93.9
  • Teaching
    94.8
  • International outlook
    57.2
  • Industry income
    63.8
  • Research
    98.9
  • Citations
    99.8

Founded in 1891 by railway tycoon Leland Stanford in remembrance of his son, who died aged 16, Stanford is said to be, after Harvard, the US' most selective university, accepting around 7 per cent of applicants. Its alumni founded corporate giants including Hewlett-Packard and Google. The world's third-richest university, it teaches about 7,000 undergraduate and around 4,000 graduate students.