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 review, a student's genuine voice stands out.

We look forward to learning about your achievements, talents and goals. We approach the admission process with sincere respect for you. We will give your application serious consideration. Thank you for your interest in Stanford. We wish you all the best.

Application Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines & Fees

Access testing and application deadlines in addition to fee and fee waiver instructions.

Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision

Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision

Stanford offers two application plans for prospective freshmen: Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision. Learn more about each option.

Freshman Requirements and Process

Freshman Requirements & Process

Access our Freshman Application Instructions and Checklist. The application deadlines are November 1 (Restrictive Early Action) or January 3 (Regular Decision).

Transfer Requirements and Process

Transfer Requirements & Process

Access our Transfer Application Instructions and Checklist. The application deadline is March 15.

International Applicants

International Applicants

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.