In response to COVID-19

We know the coronavirus situation is creating unprecedented challenges for students and families throughout the world. We are committed to working with students and offering as much flexibility as possible during these uncertain times.

In light of COVID-19, the Office of Undergraduate Admission will remain closed until public health conditions allow us to reopen.

As the situation unfolds, we will provide ongoing updates about our admission processes below. Please send any questions to admission@stanford.edu.


Future applicants

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Testing update for Fall 2021 applicants

Posted on June 17, 2020

For students applying for admission to Stanford’s Class of 2025, which will enter the university in Fall 2021, Stanford will review applications with or without standardized test scores, leaving the decision in the hands of the applicant. There will be no penalty for choosing not to submit scores. This update includes students who are submitting a transfer application for entry to Stanford in Fall 2021.

We recognize the many challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, and we understand the difficulty students may have in preparing for and accessing admission testing worldwide. It may be particularly challenging for students to find alternatives to testing sites that have been oversubscribed, or where availability of testing is pushed further into the school year.

We are committed to a holistic review of all candidates, taking into account the vast array of information provided in and with each student’s application.

We expect to reinstate the SAT or ACT testing requirement for the Class of 2026, entering in Fall 2022.

AP exams

Posted on May 4, 2020

We understand the College Board has changed the AP exam format due to COVID-19. Even with this change, we are maintaining our current AP credit and Advanced Standing policy .

We also remain committed to holistic admission: your entire application, including optional AP exam scores, will be reviewed within the context of these uncertain circumstances and the adjusted exam format. AP test scores are not required for Stanford’s application.

For students applying to Stanford in 2020–21

Posted on April 3, 2020

For those of you soon embarking on the college application process, we understand recent developments are adding stress, including exam cancellations and changes in spring semester grading.

Please know we are committed to working with you and offering as much flexibility as possible. We want to reassure you that you will not be penalized or at a disadvantage in the review of your application.

Specifically, you will not be at a disadvantage if you are unable to submit AP or Subject Test scores (these scores are not required for Stanford’s application). Similarly, you will not be at a disadvantage if your school adopts a pass/fail grading policy.

One of our core values is to practice holistic admission, and we will continue to review all pieces in the application as an integrated whole, in the context of the unprecedented events we are living through now.

We are in this together. We hope to navigate these difficult times with you and to serve as a resource as you begin your college application journey.

 


Class of 2024 admitted students

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Final transcripts

Posted on April 14, 2020

A final transcript with your graduation date clearly marked is required if you choose to attend Stanford. We require official results for every course you reported in your final year schedule; please note this may include transcripts from a college or online program, or leaving exam results. Your final transcript is due by July 1, 2020.

Overall, we expect you to maintain the quality of your character and to finish strong in the grading method your school adopts in light of unfolding events. We understand schools may implement pass/fail grading and that some end-of-year exams have been or may be canceled. We will extend the greatest flexibility in our final review to account for these circumstances, and we will work with you as challenges arise.

AP exams

Posted on May 4, 2020

We understand the College Board has changed the AP exam format due to COVID-19. Even with this change, we are maintaining our current AP credit and Advanced Standing policy .


Students and families interested in visiting Stanford

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All tours, programs, and information sessions suspended

Posted on April 5, 2020

In response to COVID-19 and in accordance with guidelines from federal, state, and county agencies, all Visitor Center on-campus tours, information sessions, and programs have been suspended. The Visitor Center will remain closed until public health conditions allow us to reopen.

While we cannot currently welcome you in person, we remain committed to sharing our school with you. We are working to develop virtual options to replace campus tours and Discover Stanford sessions.


Visit Stanford virtually

Posted on June 8, 2020

We are excited to provide the following virtual opportunities to engage with us and learn more about Stanford. Although we are disappointed we are not able to welcome you in person, we look forward to connecting with you online.

Stanford University Health Alerts

Updated on June 18, 2020 6:17 PM