Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Stanford University is one of the most selective institutions in its admission process in the U.S. In Fall 2016, it received 43,997 applications and only 2,118 students were granted admission. Stanford University is at the #3 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 51% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 77% submitted SAT scores.

Fall 2016 Admitted Students ACT Scores

Out of the total 1,739 enrollees 890 students submitted ACT score. Below is the score ranges of the submitted test scores.

25% 75%
English 32 35
Math 30 35
Composite 31 35

Fall 2016 Admitted Students SAT Scores

Out of the total 1,739 enrollees 1344 students submitted SAT score. Below is the score ranges of the submitted test scores.

25% 75%
Critical Reading 680 780
Math 700 800
Combined (Math + Reading) 1380 1580

Admission Requirements and Recommendations

Stanford University uses the following list of admission requirements and recommended documents when evaluating students applications. All documents listed under the "Required" sections must be submitted with your application but those listed under the "Recommended" section are optional.

Please double check with the school to verify the current and complete admission requirements.


  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Neither required nor recommended

  • Secondary school rank
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Fall 2016 Applicants Statistics

The following table details the number of students who applied, admitted and erolled in Stanford University, in Fall 2016.
Men Women Total National Avg.
Applicants 23,005 20,992 43,997
Admitted students 1,031 1,087 2,118
Enrolled students 854 885 1,739
Acceptance rate 4.5% 5.2% 4.8% 64%
Yield 82.8% 81.4% 82.1% 35%

Accepted Credits

The following table outlines which college prepartory work and life expreaince will earn you credits at Stanford University.

Advanced placement (AP) credits
Not Accepted
Dual credit (college credit earned while in high school)
Not Accepted
Credit for life experiences

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students

Admission Deadlines

January 3

  • Regular application
  • Fall application
  • SAT Reasoning / ACT scores
  • SAT Subject score

March 15

  • Transfer application (regular)

April 1

  • Applicants notification date

May 1

  • Students must reply to acceptance offer

December 15

  • Early action applicants will be notified

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

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