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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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.

ACT and SAT testing

Posted on April 14, 2020

ACT or SAT test scores are a required component of the Stanford application. We are not adopting a test-optional policy, and students will be expected to submit scores in the 2020–21 application. In the future, if test sittings continue to be impacted, and students are prevented from taking the test due to COVID-19, then we will consider their application without those test results. If this becomes the case, we will post an update.

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.  


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 .


Transfer applicants

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College Reports

Posted on April 6, 2020

We understand that due to school closures, many transfer applicants are having difficulty securing a signed College Report. If you are unable to submit a signed College Report, we will consider your application complete without this document. This will not impact your admission decision.

If admitted, you will need to have the College Report form filled out and signed by your current college prior to enrolling at Stanford.


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. Please check back at visit.stanford.edu for future updates and further information.


Stanford University Health Alerts

Updated on May 4, 2020 4:14 PM