Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision
Stanford offers two freshman application options:
Restrictive Early Action
Restrictive Early Action is a non-binding early application option for students who have completed a thorough college search and are confident Stanford is their first choice. Admission decisions are released by December 15, and admitted students have until May 1 to respond to their offer.
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Regular Decision is Stanford's traditional application option. We employ the same standards for admission in Regular Decision as we do in Restrictive Early Action. The deadline to apply for Regular Decision is January 2.
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