Undergraduate Admission


By Abandoning Civics, Colleges Helped Create the Culture Wars

Professors Satz and Edelstein discuss the importance of civic education.

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Stanford and the Supreme Court ruling

Read a message from Stanford’s president following the Supreme Court’s ruling on race-conscious admissions.
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“We will adjust to this new environment, in a manner that conforms with the law and that also preserves our commitment to an educational and research environment whose excellence is fostered by diversity in all forms.”

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Testing policy for Fall 2023 and Fall 2024 applicants

For the 2022–23 and 2023–24 admission cycles, Stanford will not require ACT or SAT scores for first-year or transfer applicants.
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We recognize the ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, including limited access to admission testing worldwide, and as a result, our test optional policy will extend to applicants applying for Fall 2023 and Fall 2024 entry terms.

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 starting in the 2022–23 academic year. “Students who initially enroll full time during the 2021–22 or 2022–23 academic years and intend to play NCAA Division I or II athletics will not be required to take a standardized test to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements.” Please check the NCAA eligibility website for updates to NCAA requirements for future academic years.

It isn’t just about the courses or the grades. It’s about the human being behind all of it. The cornerstones of resilience—learning, seeking advice, getting perspective and finding community—offer a way for young people to grow as they embark on the next major step in their lives.

– Richard H. Shaw, Dean of Undergraduate Admission

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Application Deadlines


Restrictive Early Action Application with Arts Portfolio


Restrictive Early Action Standard Application


Regular Decision with Arts Portfolio


Regular Decision Standard Application


Transfer Application with or without Arts Portfolio

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A Stanford Education is Possible.

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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