Freshman Requirements & Process


Use the Freshman Application Instructions and the Freshman Requirements & Process web pages as guides to prepare your application to Stanford.

Arts Portfolio

  • The Arts Portfolio is optional and may be submitted to highlight extraordinary talent in the arts.

Required Application Components

  • Coalition Application or Common Application
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request 
    (counselor verification required)
  • Official testing (SAT with Essay or ACT with Writing) sent from the College Board or ACT
  • School report including counselor letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Letters of recommendation from two teachers
  • Midyear transcript

After submitting your application

  • ADD to your email address book or safe senders list. Double-check that your email address is valid to ensure you receive all Stanford University correspondence.
  • CHECK your application status regularly once we have sent you an email confirming receipt of your application.
  • CONSIDER applying for financial aid. Visit for deadlines and details.

Stanford reserves the right to evaluate an application and render a final decision even if all pieces of the application have not been received.

Updated on June 23, 2017 12:42 PM