Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University, is a private research university in Stanford, California in northwestern Silicon Valley near Palo Alto. Its academic reputation, eminent alumni, and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world. The university was founded in 1885 by Leland Stanford, former governor of and U.S. senator from California and leading railroad tycoon, and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford, in memory of their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid fever two months before his 16th birthday in 1884; it opened on October 1, 1891. The university was established as a coeducational and nondenominational institution.
Tuition was free until the 1930sStanford is currently organized into seven academic Schools with a student body of approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 8,900 graduates. Its 8,180-acre (3,310 ha) campus is the largest contiguous college campus in the State Since 1952, 58 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university Faculty and alumni have founded many companies including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Sun Microsystems, and Yahoo!, and companies founded by Stanford alumni generate more than $2.7 trillion in annual revenue, equivalent to the 10th-largest economy in the world. Stanford is also home to the papers of Stanford is the most selective research university in the country, with an acceptance rate of 5.07% for the class of 2018. Stanford competes in 36 varsity sports and is one of two private universities in the Division I FBS Pacific-12 Conference. It has won 104 NCAA championships, the second-most for a university, and has won the NACDA Director's Cup, formerly known as the Sears Cup, every year since 1994–5.
Economic Analysis & Policy (MGTECON)
GSB General & Interdisciplinary (GSBGEN)
Human Resource Management (HRMGT)
Operations Information & Technology (OIT)
Organizational Behavior (OB)
Political Economics (POLECON)
Strategic Management (STRAMGT)
School of Earth Sciences
Earth Science (EARTHSCI)
Earth Systems (EARTHSYS)
Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences (EEES)
Energy Resources Engineering (ENERGY)
Environment and Resources (ENVRES)
Environmental Earth System Science (EESS)
Geological & Environmental Sciences (GES)
Woods Institute for the Environment (ENVRINST)
School of Education
School of Engineering
Aeronautics & Astronautics (AA)
Chemical Engineering (CHEMENG)
Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Computational & Mathematical Engineering (CME)
Computer Science (CS)
Electrical Engineering (EE)
Management Science & Engineering (MS&E)
Materials Science & Engineer (MATSCI)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Scientific Computing & Comput'l Math (SCCM)
School of Humanities & Sciences
African & African American Studies (AFRICAAM)
African & Middle Eastern Languages (AMELANG)
African Studies (AFRICAST)
American Studies (AMSTUD)
Applied Physics (APPPHYS)
Arabic Language (ARABLANG)
Art History (ARTHIST)
Arts Institute (ARTSINST)
Art Studio (ARTSTUDI)
Asian American Studies (ASNAMST)
Asian Languages (ASNLANG)
Athletics, Physical Education, Recreation (ATHLETIC)
Biology/Hopkins Marine (BIOHOPK)
Catalan Language Courses (CATLANG)
Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies (CHILATST)
Chinese General (CHINGEN)
Chinese Language (CHINLANG)
Chinese Literature (CHINLIT)
Classics Art/Archaeology (CLASSART)
Classics General (CLASSGEN)
Classics Greek (CLASSGRK)
Classics History (CLASSHIS)
Classics Latin (CLASSLAT)
Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (CSRE)
Division of Literatures, Cultures, & Languages (DLCL)
East Asian Studies (EASTASN)
English for Foreign Students (EFSLANG)
Ethics in Society (ETHICSOC)
Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies (FEMGEN)
Film Production (FILMPROD)
Film Studies (FILMSTUD)
French Language (FRENLANG)
French Studies (FRENCH)
German Language (GERLANG)
German Studies (GERMAN)
History & Philosophy of Science (HPS)
Human Biology (HUMBIO)
Humanities & Sciences (HUMSCI)
Iberian & Latin American Cultures (ILAC)
Iberian Languages (IBERLANG)
Institute for International Studies (FSI) (IIS)
Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (HUMNTIES)
International Policy Studies (IPS)
International Relations (INTNLREL)
Italian Language (ITALLANG)
Italian Studies (ITALIAN)
Japanese General (JAPANGEN)
Japanese Language (JAPANLNG)
Japanese Literature (JAPANLIT)
Jewish Studies (JEWISHST)
Korean General (KORGEN)
Korean Language (KORLANG)
Korean Literature (KORLIT)
Latin American Studies (LATINAM)
Mathematical & Computational Science (MCS)
Medieval Studies (MEDVLST)
Modern Thought & Literature (MTL)
Native American Studies (NATIVEAM)
Political Science (POLISCI)
Portuguese Language (PORTLANG)
Public Policy (PUBLPOL)
Religious Studies (RELIGST)
Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies (REES)
Science, Technology, & Society (STS)
Slavic Language (SLAVLANG)
Slavic Studies (SLAVIC)
Spanish Language (SPANLANG)
Spanish, Portuguese, & Catalan Literature (ILAC)
Special Language Program (SPECLANG)
Stanford in Washington (SIW)
Symbolic Systems (SYMSYS)
Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS)
Tibetan Language (TIBETLNG)
Urban Studies (URBANST)
Law, Nonprofessional (LAWGEN)
School of Medicine
Biomedical Informatics (BIOMEDIN)
Biosciences Interdisciplinary (BIOS)
Cancer Biology (CBIO)
Cardiothoracic Surgery (CTS)
Chemical & Systems Biology (CSB)
Comparative Medicine (COMPMED)
Developmental Biology (DBIO)
Family and Community Medicine (FAMMED)
Health Research & Policy (HRP)
Medicine Interdisciplinary (INDE)
Microbiology & Immunology (MI)
Molecular & Cellular Physiology (MCP)
Neurology & Neurological Sciences (NENS)
Neurosciences Program (NEPR)
Obstetrics & Gynecology (OBGYN)
Orthopedic Surgery (ORTHO)
Radiation Oncology (RADO)
School of Medicine General (SOMGEN)
Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (STEMREM)
Structural Biology (SBIO)
Fluency in English is a prerequisite for undergraduate admission at Stanford. However, if you attend a school where the primary language of instruction is not English, you will not be at a disadvantage.
Official copies of your original transcripts and teacher evaluations are required. These must also be translated into English and copies of the translated documents provided with your application. Translations may not be completed by the applicant. However, we encourage applicants to utilize other resources available to them—such as English teachers or school administrators—to provide such translations.
Testing for International Students
The SAT or the ACT Plus Writing is required for all undergraduate applicants. Applications without SAT or ACT Plus Writing scores will not be considered for admission. If no sittings of these tests are offered in your country, you may request a testing waiver. The request must be submitted by a school official in writing by mail or faxed to (+1) 650-723-6050. Include your official name, birth date, current school and Common Application ID number at the top of the letter. No form is required. Requests will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), although not required, is strongly recommended for non-native speakers of English.
You may submit your IELTS scores but note that Stanford does not recognize the IELTS as a measure of English proficiency.
How to Apply
Freshman Application Instructions 2013 – 2014
Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision
Restrictive Early Action is a non-binding early application option for students who have completed a thorough college search and are confident Stanford is their first choice. Regular Decision is Stanford’s traditional option chosen by the majority of our applicants.
Application Plan Application with
Arts Supplement Standard Application Decision Notification Reply to Stanford
Restrictive Early Action October 18 November 4 December 15 May 1
Regular Decision December 1 January 1 April 1 May 1
CREATE a Common Application account and select Stanford as one of your colleges.
ACCESS all forms at commonapp.org. The First-Year Common Application and Stanford Writing Supplement must be submitted online.
USE your official name on all testing and application documents.
EMAIL email@example.com informing us if you used a different first name, last name or email address on testing documents.
ADD firstname.lastname@example.org to your email address book or safe senders list.
ASK your counselor and teachers to submit all of their documents online.
WRITE your Common Application ID number on the first page of any documents you fax or mail and on the Freshman Mailing Labels (PDF)
SUBMIT your application ahead of deadlines to avoid technical difficulties.
DO NOT send additional materials such as resumes, research papers, newspaper articles and writing samples. They will not be considered.
VISIT International Applicants for additional information (if applicable).
Before You Click Submit
USE the “Print Preview” feature in the Common Application to confirm content.
PRINT and save copies of your application and all submitted materials.
After You Click Submit
CONFIRM that you have successfully submitted both your Common Application and Stanford Writing Supplement in the Stanford section of your Common Application account.
Checking Your Application Status
CHECK your application status regularly once we have confirmed receipt of your application. This may take up to three weeks after you have submitted your materials.
Required Application Components
The First-Year Common Application
The Stanford Writing Supplement
$90 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request
Official Testing (SAT or ACT Plus Writing) sent from the College Board or ACT
Two Teacher Evaluations