The Basics

Stanford students stand out for their academic excellence. They come from throughout the United States and the world, representing demographic, economic and racial diversity.

U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are admitted on a need-blind basis, and the University ensures that no admitted student is unable to attend. Once here, students discover that exploration, challenge and curiosity have no limit.

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 Information

Application Information

All applicants must submit the $90 application fee or a fee waiver request. Applicants are also required to submit the Common Application, the Stanford Writing Supplement, SAT or ACT Plus Writing scores, official school reports including the high school transcript and instructor evaluations.


The Student Budget

The Student Budget

Meeting the cost of a Stanford education represents a significant investment. We are committed to providing a comprehensive, need-based financial aid program making it possible for all students to attend Stanford.


Request Information

Request Information

Thank you for your interest in Stanford. Use the 'Request Information' link in this section if you would like to be added to our mailing list.


Stanford in Your Area

Stanford in Your Area

Stanford admission officers conduct regional information sessions and joint programs with our colleagues throughout the U.S., and internationally, providing information on admission and financial aid.