We look forward to learning about you through your application to Stanford. We encourage you to spend time reflecting on who you are and what is meaningful to you. In your essays, be true to yourself and allow your genuine voice to come through. We approach the admission process with sincere respect for you, and we will give your application serious consideration. Thank you for your interest in Stanford. We wish you all the best.

Our Selection Process

Our Selection Process

As we review applications for admission, three principles guide our holistic evaluation and selection process: Academic Excellence, Intellectual Vitality and Personal Context.

Application Deadlines and Fees

Application & Testing Deadlines

Check this section for application and testing deadlines.

Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision

Restrictive Early Action and Regular Decision

Stanford offers two application plans for prospective freshmen: Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision. Learn more about each option.

Freshman Requirements and Process

Freshman Application Requirements

Access our Freshman Application Instructions. The application deadline is November 1 (Restrictive Early Action) or January 2 (Regular Decision).

Transfer Requirements and Process

Transfer Application Requirements

Access our Transfer Application Instructions. The application deadline is March 15.

International Applicants

International Applicants

This section offers additional information for international students. Please note that we do not have a separate application for international students. The freshman or transfer requirements apply to international students with few exceptions.



Military veterans apply by following the requirements for either the freshman or the transfer application. However, some unique considerations are highlighted in this section.

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Undocumented Applicants

Citizenship and immigration status are not a condition of admission to Stanford. We welcome applications from all students who are ready to make the most of the extraordinary academic opportunities available at Stanford.