First-Year Applicants

In response to COVID-19

Our standard deadlines and requirements are below. In light of challenges related to COVID-19, some requirements have changed for applications submitted during the 2022–23 academic year. Please see our COVID-19 application updates for details.

Requirements and Deadlines

Required Application Components

  • Common Application
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request
  • ACT or SAT test scores (test optional for 2022–23; refer to testing for score reporting policies)
  • School Report form and counselor letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript(s) or academic results
  • Letters of recommendation from two teachers
  • Midyear transcript (by February 15)

Application and Testing Deadlines

Submit your Common Application by 11:59 p.m. (in your local timezone) on the applicable deadline.

Restrictive Early Action

Regular Decision

Application with Arts Portfolio October 15 December 5

Materials for Arts Portfolio

October 20

December 10

Standard Application Deadline

November 1

January 5

Notification of Missing Documents



Decision Released By


Early April

Student Reply Date

May 1

May 1

Stanford reserves the right to evaluate an application and render a final decision even if all pieces of the application have not been received.

Applicants are limited to a total of three applications for undergraduate admission, whether for first-year admission, transfer admission or a combination of both. If you have submitted fewer than three applications to Stanford, you may reapply.

Updated on October 5, 2022 7:53 AM