So, you’re thinking about applying to Stanford University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. There are a lot of factors in the admissions process. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores.
With an acceptance rate of 3.35%, admission to Stanford is incredibly competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the very top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1570, or an ACT score of around 35.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and You’ll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Stanford admission statistics.
Stanford 2019 Admissions Statistics: Class of 2023
- Stanford’s acceptance rate in 2019 was 3.35%
- For the class of 2023, out of 40,500 applicants, Stanford admitted 1,357
- The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.95
- The average ACT score was 33
- The average SAT score was 1520
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 32, and the 75th percentile score was 35.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1420. The 75th percentile score was 1570.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
Even if Stanford is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have:
- Three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores)
- Three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores)
- Three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores)
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Stanford’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
Stanford 2019 Application Requirements: Class of 2023
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out the Coalition Application or Common Application, and pay an application fee of $90 (or apply for a fee waiver)
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Submit a school report including counselor letter of recommendation
- Submit your official transcript
- Submit your midyear transcript (by February 15th)
- Submit letters of recommendation from two teachers
Here are the deadlines that you should be aware of:
- The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action
- The application deadline is January 2nd for Regular Decision
Have you been admitted to Stanford? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
Stanford 2019 Admitted Students Profile: Class of 2023
If you matriculate at Stanford, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 51% are male and 49% are female
- 11.4% of students are international students representing 60 countries
Stanford has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 11.4%
- Underrepresented minority: 0.2%
- 17.5% are first generation college students
- Two or more races: 11%
- White: 39.8%
What do these admitted students plan to study? Stanford offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
- Computer and Information Sciences
- Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
Stanford Tuition Figures
At $66,696, Stanford’s cost of attendance is astronomical. Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $48,100.
Here’s a fuller look at Stanford tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $66,696
- Average financial aid package: $48,100
- The average student debt of a Stanford graduate is $21,987
Now, what is life like at Stanford? Let’s take a look.
Stanford’s main campus is located in Stanford, California, within the northwest section of Santa Clara county.
The school was founded in 1885 by former California Governor Leland Stanford and his wife Jane, in memory of their only child, Leland Jr.
Remember, you’re going to Stanford for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
Stanford has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- Aerospace Engineering
- Comparative Literature
- East Asian Studies
- Fine/Studio Arts
- Geophysics and Seismology
- International Relations and Affairs
- Materials Science
- Natural Resources Conservation and Research
- Political Science and Government
- Science, Technology and Society
- Systems Science and Theory
- Women’s Studies
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Stanford.
Student Life at Stanford
Stanford has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and political interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of Stanford’s student activities:
- ChinaRains at Stanford
- Oceanic Tongues (Asian American Writers’ Workshop
- Black and Queer at Stanford (BlaQS)
- The Real News Student Newspaper
- Barrio Assistance
- Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics ([email protected])
- Power to ACT: Abilities Coming Together
- Stanford Students for Choice
- Project Motivation
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
- Adam Smith Society
- Arts, Media and Entertainment (AME)
- Big Ideas Club
- Challenge for Charity
- Entrepreneur Club
- Food & Agribusiness Club
- Golf Club
Are you an athlete? Stanford’s got plenty of options for you.
Stanford offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women.
Stanford’s sports include:
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Field
Who might you become with a Stanford degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
Stanford has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- Google co-founder Sergey Brin
- Painter Richard Diebenkorn
- Actor Sterling K. Brown
- Film director Alexander Payne
- Television journalist Rachel Maddow
- Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren
- U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky
- NASA astronaut Eileen Collins
- Nike founder Phil Knight
- Netflix founder Reed Hastings
- Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla
- PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into Stanford is incredibly competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no.
If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are.
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