Freshman Requirements & Process

Teacher Evaluations

Two teacher evaluations are required.

  • Ask two of your teachers to submit (preferably online) the Common Application Teacher Evaluation Form and an evaluation letter.

We recommend selecting grade 11 or 12 teachers in two of the following subject areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Foreign language
  • History/social studies

You may submit an evaluation from a teacher who taught you in grade 10 if the coursework was advanced (e.g. Honors, AP, IB, etc.). If your school does not offer such designations, use your discretion when asking a teacher from grade 10 to write you a letter. We will accept a maximum of two teacher evaluations.

If English is not the primary language of instruction at your school, review our guidelines for translating teacher evaluations.

Mailing Instructions

Ask your teachers to submit their evaluations online through the Common Application website and include the Common Application Teacher Evaluation Form. If a teacher decides to mail the form and letter, provide the appropriate label from the Freshman Mailing Labels.

Optional Letter

You may submit a maximum of one optional letter of recommendation if there is another person—not a teacher or counselor—who knows you well and will provide new insights about you. Your recommender may upload the letter through the Common Application, send via fax: (650) 723-6050 or mail. If sending by fax or mail, ask your recommender to note your official name, birth date, current school and your Common Application ID number at the top of the letter. No form is required, and there is no Stanford Mailing Label.

Please note that we are unable to process letters or any other application documents submitted as email attachments.

Please also note that we are unable to confirm receipt of optional materials that are not required for admission. These materials are not tracked in our system.

Updated on December 18, 2014 11:05 AM