Students often focus on getting in rather than representing themselves authentically. This is the moment to think deeply about who you are and what matters to you.
Have confidence in what you have done and trust where you are going. Believe in yourself and reflect carefully on how you want to present yourself. In the strongest applications we read, a student's genuine voice stands out.
Our staff feels privileged to read your application and learn about your achievements, talents, and goals. We approach the admission process with sincere respect for you, and we will give your application our most serious consideration. Thank you for your interest in Stanford. We wish you all the best.
Applicants should be aware of these critical electronic submission/postmark deadlines.
Stanford offers 2 application plans for freshmen: Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision. Only you can know which option better meets your timeline and goals.
This section explains the requirements for freshman admission. Applicants must submit all documents by November 1 (Restrictive Early Action) or January 1 (Regular Decision) to be considered.
Transfer admission to Stanford is more competitive than freshman admission. This section explains the requirements for transfer admission. Applicants must submit all documents by March 15 to be considered.
We do not have a separate application for international students. Please review the information for freshman or transfer applicants, as the same information applies to international students, with few exceptions.
Military veterans are expected to apply by the same general guidelines as our freshman and transfer application plans. However, some unique considerations are highlighted and clarified here for your benefit.
Discover Stanford is a two-part program intended for high school juniors and seniors (and their parents) interested in applying for admission to Stanford University.
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