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– Richard H. Shaw, Dean of Undergraduate Admission

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Application Deadlines


OCT15

Restrictive Early Action Application with Arts Portfolio

NOV1

Restrictive Early Action Standard Application

DEC5

Regular Decision with Arts Portfolio

JAN5

Regular Decision Standard Application

MAR15

Transfer Application with or without Arts Portfolio

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Stanford offers comprehensive, need-based financial aid that makes it possible for all admitted undergraduate students to attend — and we do not expect students to borrow to meet their need. Learn how the program works, then use the net price calculator to get an award estimate based on your family’s financial situation.

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News & Announcements

Stanford will resume standardized test requirement for undergraduate admission

Beginning with the 2025-2026 application cycle, Stanford will reinstate its standardized testing requirement. ACT or SAT scores will be required for first-year and transfer students submitting applications in fall 2025 or later. Stanford will remain test-optional for students applying during the 2024-2025 application cycle.
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Test scores represent only one part of a holistic review of each applicant to the university, for which academic potential is the primary criterion for admission. Performance on standardized tests is an important predictor of academic performance at Stanford, a review by the faculty Committee on Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid has confirmed. The renewed testing requirement will allow Stanford to consider the fullest array of information in support of each student’s application.

Stanford paused its testing requirement in 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning with students applying to the Class of 2025. Since then, undergraduate applicants to Stanford have been welcome to submit test scores but have not been required to do so.

The university is reinstating the test requirement in a manner that will allow all students enough lead time to plan and prepare for testing. Scores from the SAT or ACT will only be required beginning with students applying in fall 2025 for admission to the Class of 2030.

Stanford will continue to review applicants in context, and to consider each piece of an application as part of an integrated and comprehensive whole. More specifically, the university evaluates academic achievement and potential in the context of each student’s background, educational pathway, work and family responsibilities, and other factors.

Transfer decision release

The Office of Undergraduate Admission will release decisions to Transfer applicants on Friday, May 10 at 4 p.m. (PDT).
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Decisions will be available in the Stanford portal. If you have not yet logged in or are having difficulty logging into your portal, reset your credentials by selecting “Forgot Your Password?” from the login page.

Testing policy for 2024-2025 admission cycle

For the 2023–24 and 2024–25 admission cycles, Stanford will not require ACT or SAT scores for first-year or transfer applicants.
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Our test optional policy will extend to applicants applying for the Fall 2025 entry term.

Stanford is committed to a holistic review of all candidates. We consider the vast array of information provided in and with each student’s application, whether that information includes test scores or not. Students may continue to self-report test scores in their application if they would like. Applications without test scores will not be at a disadvantage.

The NCAA Eligibility Center has announced a standardized testing policy for students who intend to play NCAA Division I or II sports: “the NCAA will no longer require standardized testing as part of the eligibility criteria.”

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