Freshman Requirements & Process

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation from two teachers are required.

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 a letter from a teacher who taught you in grade 10 if the coursework was advanced (e.g., Honors, AP, IB). If your school does not offer such designations, use your discretion when asking a teacher from grade 10. We will accept a maximum of two letters of recommendation from teachers.

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

Optional Letter

You may submit no more than 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. Ask your recommender to note your full legal name, school name and date of birth at the top of the letter. Your recommender may upload the letter to your application or send by email (credentials@stanford.edu), mail or fax: (650) 723-6050. No form is required.

Please 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 July 26, 2016 9:59 AM