The Application Process
Students often focus on getting in rather than representing themselves authentically. This is the moment to think deeply about who you are and what matters to you.
Have confidence in what you have done and trust where you are going. Believe in yourself and reflect carefully on how you want to present yourself. In the strongest applications we read, a student's genuine voice stands out.
Our staff is privileged to read your application and learn about your achievements, talents and goals. We approach the admission process with sincere respect for you, and we will give your application our most serious consideration. Thank you for your interest in Stanford. We wish you all the best.
Access both freshman and transfer testing and application deadlines in addition to fee and fee waiver instructions.
Stanford offers two application plans for prospective freshmen: Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision. Learn more about each option.
Access our Freshman Application Instructions and Checklist. Applicants must submit all documents by November 1 (Restrictive Early Action) or January 3 (Regular Decision) to be considered.
Access our Transfer Application Instructions and Checklist. This section explains the requirements for transfer admission. Applicants must submit all documents by March 15 to be considered.
This section offers additional information for international students. Please note that we do not have a separate application for international students. The freshman or transfer requirements apply to international students with few exceptions.
Military veterans apply by following the requirements for either the freshman or the transfer application. However, some unique considerations are highlighted and clarified in this section.