Diversity at Stanford


We believe that a great university education is one where students have the opportunity to learn from the wonderful diversity of identities, experiences, and perspectives that exist in the world. Stanford's undergraduates come from all 50 states and 70 countries and the Stanford community embraces a broad range of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, religious, cultural and educational backgrounds. We believe that the best education can develop only in a vibrant, diverse community that actively affirms both the differences among its members and their numerous points of connection.

Stanford understands that holistic student development happens with support and access both inside and outside the realm of academics. The diversity on Stanford's campus can be felt through our classes, student organizations, residential life and eight individual community centers. These different venues serve as a general resource for the campus community and as a source of empowerment for students to strive to reach their full potential.

From our vibrant residential environment, to our intellectually charged classrooms, to all corners of campus where our students engage, diversity is celebrated. Students are encouraged to take risks, to think creatively, to ask questions of each other and to counter ignorance with scholarship.

The Stanford community values a wide range of opinions, cultures, communities, perspectives and experiences, all of which challenge a student's own beliefs, intellectual passions, opinions and understanding of the world. Our diverse setting at Stanford enables students to investigate and engage in current issues and deeper societal questions. As a result, Stanford students discover how they can positively impact the world around them. We are proud to welcome you to explore our campus.

To learn more about cross-campus initiatives and the Provost’s Statement on Diversity read about Stanford's IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in a Learning Environment) .

Updated on August 2, 2021 1:33 PM