Freshman Application Requirements

Arts Portfolio

Students who wish to highlight their extraordinary talent in the fine or performing arts may submit an Optional Arts Portfolio in one of the following areas: Art Practice, Dance, Music, or Theater and Performance Studies.


To participate, you must submit your application and portfolio by early deadlines.

Decision Plan


Materials for Arts Portfolio

Restrictive Early Action

October 15, 2021

October 20, 2021

Regular Decision

December 5, 2021

December 10, 2021

Submission Steps

  1. Select "Yes" to the application question, "Do you intend to submit an Arts Portfolio?"
  2. Submit your Coalition Application or Common Application by the applicable early deadline. After Stanford receives your application, we will email you (within 48 hours) with instructions on how to access your Stanford portal.
  3. Log in to your Stanford portal, scroll below your checklist to the "Optional Arts Portfolio" section, and submit the Arts Portfolio form. Once submitted, you will see a link to upload your portfolio materials.
  4. Use the link to upload your Arts Portfolio materials by the applicable early deadline.

Arts Portfolio Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Any student who wishes to highlight their extraordinary talent in the fine or performing arts is welcome to submit an Arts Portfolio. Arts Portfolio applicants have often received significant awards and honors at a state, national, or international level.

We understand many students are accomplished across a number of art forms. Candidates should submit a portfolio in the area that best represents their strength in the arts and the art form they are most likely to pursue in college.

If you submit an Arts Portfolio, you are not required to major in the arts.

If you do not submit an Arts Portfolio, you may still study or participate in the arts at Stanford and are encouraged to do so. We welcome the participation of all students in the arts.

No; transcripts, school reports, and teacher evaluations may arrive by the standard application deadline.

Students submitting a portfolio in Music or Theater and Performance Studies may include a letter of recommendation in their portfolio. This letter should come from an arts instructor/mentor who is most familiar with your artistic efforts. This letter is optional, and portfolios without one will not be at a disadvantage. Submission Instructions:

  1. Select “I’d like to include an arts letter of recommendation” in the Arts Portfolio form.
  2. Provide your instructor’s contact information and submit your form.
  3. Your recommender will receive an email with instructions for uploading their letter.

Please note that the deadline for your recommender is the same as the earlier arts portfolio deadline above, and we cannot provide extensions. At this time, we are not accepting letters of recommendation for Art Practice and Dance portfolios.

Please note:

  • Portfolios will be reviewed at the discretion of the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the fine arts faculty.
  • Items mailed to Stanford will not be returned.
Updated on September 15, 2021 10:23 AM