Freshman Requirements & Process

Application & Supplement

Complete and submit both the First-Year Application and Stanford Writing Supplement online at The Common Application.  

First-Year Common Application

First-Year Common Application asks about personal information such as:

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

Keep in mind that 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.

You will also have the opportunity to tell us about yourself by writing a thoughtful and insightful personal essay.

The Stanford Writing Supplement

Access the Stanford Writing Supplement online at The Common Application.

  1. Create a Common Application user account.
  2. Select Stanford as one of your colleges.

The First-Year Common Application, Stanford Writing Supplement and fee or fee waiver request must all be successfully submitted or your application will not be reviewed. Confirm successful submission in the Stanford section of your Common Application account. 

We view the Stanford Writing Supplement as your opportunity to tell us about yourself by describing some of your favorite personal activities and social interests and writing thoughtful and insightful short essays. The Stanford Writing Supplement helps us to understand your individual experiences and insights.

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

Last update: June 17, 2014 10:02 AM