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Dashboard Definitions

Headcount Definitions 

Headcounts in this dashboard are unduplicated counts for each member of a Stanford population and may not match numbers reported elsewhere due to this requirement. Population headcounts are captured according to the following definitions: 

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Student headcounts are sourced from the official university student census, which includes all students who are active, enrolled students as of the fourth week of the autumn quarter for a given academic year (typically between October 25-30).In these dashboards, each student is counted under a single school in order to achieve an unduplicated, university-wide headcount.If a student is involved in multiple academic pursuits in different schools, (e.g. a coterminal masters degree, a double major, a joint degree program, etc.) only one school affiliation is counted, based on a combination of factors including degree level, tuition category, and alphabetical sorting. Data source: Institutional Research & Decision Support

Postdoctoral Scholars 

Headcounts for postdoctoral scholars are captured on October 1 of each academic year and include all postdoctoral scholars and all medical fellows (School of Medicine only) appointed through the university who have an appointment as-of that date. Postdoctoral affiliations are defined by the area of the appointment, not by academic enrollment. Data source: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Professoriate Faculty 

The Professoriate faculty headcount includes all members of the Professoriate (University Tenure Line, Non-Tenure Line, Medical Center Line, Senior Fellows and Center Fellows) with appointments as-of September 1 of the academic year. Affiliations are shown based on primary appointment only. Data source: Institutional Research and Decision Support 


The staff headcounts are as-of September 1 annually and include all regular, benefits-eligible university employees who work greater than 50% FTE. Employees of SLAC are not included. Data source: University HR 


Demographic Definitions


The following logic is used to assign individuals to race/ethnicity categories, based on self-reported race/ethnicity identification: 

“Unknown” includes anyone whose race/ethnicity is unknown or who has declined to state a race/ethnicity. It also includes students and postdoctoral scholars whose citizenship is unknown. 

“International” includes any students, postdoctoral scholars, or staff who are known to have international citizenship and are not a US citizen or permanent resident. The “International” category does not include any Professoriate faculty. 

“Hispanic/Latino” includes all known US citizens and permanent residents who have identified their ethnicity as such, regardless of any other affiliations they have reported. 

“Two or more” includes all known US citizens and permanent residents who have identified with more than one race and have not identified as “Hispanic/Latino” 

All other groups include known US citizens and permanent residents who have selected that category as their single affiliation. 

Underrepresented Minorities 

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. 


Currently, only data on binary sex assigned at birth is available.