Freshman Requirements & Process

Coalition Application or Common Application

Stanford accepts either the Coalition Application or the Common Application. Both applications ask about information such as:

  • Birthplace and date
  • Citizenship
  • Family background
  • Academic honors, extracurricular involvement and work experience

When you apply to Stanford, you apply to the university as a whole, not to a particular department or school. While we encourage you to indicate prospective majors and career interests, these selections are informational only. Stanford does not make admission decisions based on major interest.

Stanford Questions

Access the Stanford application questions online in the Coalition Application or the Common Application.

The Stanford section of the application is an opportunity to describe some of your favorite activities and interests. You will also write three short essays. These responses help us understand your experiences, ideas and insights.

No two applicants are the same, so we take great care to ensure we review your application within the context of your surroundings. The information you provide assists us in interpreting and evaluating your transcript, test scores, essays and letters of recommendation.

Updated on September 19, 2016 3:31 PM