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Stanford University

Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1885
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Quarter
Undergraduate student body: 6,422
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $14,084,676,000
Admissions Address

Stanford, CA 94305



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Most Selective
Average high school GPA: 4.0
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Richard Shaw
Admissions office telephone: (650) 723-2091
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Send application by: November 1
Decision sent by: December 15
Application fee: $75
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: $160 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: N/A
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A 3
Foreign language N/A 3
Social studies N/A 2
History N/A 1
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Neither required nor recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: Not available
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 1
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 11%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: 19%
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 9%
Total applicants: 22,333
Total acceptances: 2,444
Total freshman enrollment: 1,648
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 17%
Male applicants: 11,107
Male acceptances: 1,211
Male freshman enrollment: 812
Female applicants: 11,226
Female acceptances: 1,233
Female freshman enrollment: 836
Out-of-state freshmen: 56%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,197
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 830
Students enrolled from waiting list: 15


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 89%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 98%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 69%
Average high school GPA: 4.0
First-year students submitting GPA: 91%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 96%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 660 - 760
Math: 680 - 780
Combined: 1340 - 1540


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 59.0% 67.0%
600-699 33.0% 29.0%
500-599 8.0% 4.0%
400-499 N/A N/A
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 25%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 29 - 34
Math: 28 - 34
Composite: 28 - 33


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 66.0% 70.0% 66.0%
24-29 33.0% 26.0% 33.0%
18-23 1.0% 4.0% 1.0%
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A


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