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If you are attending a Stanford overseas program or the Stanford-In-Washington program, our office will automatically revise your financial aid award to include standard travel costs associated to the program you are attending. If you receive Stanford scholarship you will be considered for a one-time grant and loans to help with your extra costs. You do not need to notify our office of your acceptance into the program, we obtain this information directly from Bing Overseas Studies. 

If you are attending a program through another school, you cannot receive any University aid during that time. However, you may arrange a consortium agreement in order to use your federal or state aid to attend a non-Stanford program. The funds that may be used under a consortium agreement are: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal PLUS loan, and Cal Grant. For more questions, please contact the financial aid office. Please see our Study Abroad web page for more information.


Undergraduate Admission


Incoming frosh named 2021 National Youth Poet Laureate

Incoming first-year student Alexandra Huynh of Sacramento, California, has been named the 2021 National Youth Poet Laureate by Urban Word.

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Updated testing policy for Fall 2022 applicants

For the upcoming 2021–22 admission cycle, Stanford will not require ACT or SAT scores for first year or transfer applicants. We recognize the ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, including limited access to admission testing worldwide, and are extending this year's test optional policy to a second year.
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Stanford is committed to a holistic review of all candidates. We consider the vast array of information provided in and with each student’s application, whether that information includes test scores or not. Students may continue to self-report test scores in their application if they would like. Applications without test scores will not be at a disadvantage. We urge students not to jeopardize their health or well-being to take future sittings of non-required tests.

The NCAA Eligibility Center has announced a standardized testing policy for students who intend to play NCAA Division I or II sports starting in the 2022–23 academic year. “Students who initially enroll full time during the 2021–22 or 2022–23 academic years and intend to play NCAA Division I or II athletics will not be required to take a standardized test to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements.”

Cardinal in Tokyo

Stanford will once again be well represented on the world’s biggest stage, with a school-record 55 athletes scheduled to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.


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Undergraduate Admission

Stanford's undergraduate community is drawn from throughout the United States and the world. It includes students whose abilities, intellectual interests, and personal qualities allow them to benefit from and contribute to the University's wide range of teaching and research programs in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering. The University admits students who derive pleasure from learning for its own sake; who exhibit energy, creativity, and curiosity; and who have distinguished themselves in and out of the classroom.

Stanford welcomes a diverse community that cuts across many dimensions. The University does not use quotas of any kind in its admission process: it does not favor particular schools or types of schools, nor any geographic region, nor does it have any racial, religious, ethnic, or gender-related quotas. The University believes that a student body that is both highly qualified and diverse in terms of culture, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender, work and life experiences, skills, and interests is essential to the educational process. Applications are encouraged from those who would take the initiative and responsibility for their own education and who would provide additional dimensions to the University and its programs.

In order to preserve the residential character of the University and to maintain a favorable student-faculty ratio, Stanford has a limited undergraduate enrollment. The anticipated size of the freshman class is approximately 1,600-1,700 students who are admitted for Autumn Quarter enrollment. Approximately 20-40 transfer students, entering either the sophomore or junior class, are also typically admitted for Autumn enrollment if space allows. Each year, the University receives many more applications from qualified students than there are places available.

Stanford is committed to meeting the University-computed financial need of each admitted student, and admission decisions are made without regard to the applicant's financial status, except in the case of international students who are neither U.S. citizens nor U.S. registered permanent residents.

Application procedures, requirements, and deadlines vary from year to year. See the Undergraduate Admission web site at for the most recent information and to begin an application online; or call the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (650) 723-2091.

Nonmatriculated Study (Undergraduate)

Permission to enroll at Stanford as a nonmatriculated student during Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters is not routinely approved except under extenuating circumstances. Nonmatriculated students authorized to enroll at Stanford University are not admitted to any Stanford degree program and are permitted to register for a specific period, usually one, two, or three quarters. Financial assistance from Stanford University is not available. Permission to enroll as a nonmatriculated student does not imply subsequent admission as a matriculated student.

Nonmatriculated status is a privilege and not a right. The University reserves the right, at its discretion, to withhold registration from, or require withdrawal for the program by, any student or applicant. In addition, nonmatriculated status may be revoked at the University's discretion (and after consideration of such factors as the University considers relevant in the particular case) at the end of any quarter of enrollment.

Students interested in nonmatriculated status during the Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters should contact the Office of the University Registrar, not the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Note: newly admitted Stanford students (that is, those admitted to a Stanford degree program) are not eligible to enroll for nonmatriculated study for any quarter, except with the permission of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (or his or her designee) under extenuating circumstances.

High School Nonmatriculated Students—Local high school students are eligible to be considered to attend Stanford as nonmatriculated students on a limited basis when they have exhausted all of the courses in a given discipline offered by their high school. Nonmatriculated high school students are permitted to enroll in one course per quarter and are required to pay the applicable tuition. Permission from the academic department and the University Registrar is required.

Summer Session—Students wishing to enroll as nonmatriculated students during Summer Quarter should contact the

Summer Session Office for more information about the Summer Visitor Program. Admission to the Summer Visitor Program does not imply regular admission to Stanford for subsequent quarters or to one of Stanford's regular degree programs.

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There are a number of factors to consider as you think about whether you would like to submit your application for Restrictive Early Action or Regular Decision.

Restrictive Early Action may be a good option if all of the following apply:

  • You have identified Stanford as your first choice;
  • You have taken a challenging academic schedule through grade 11 and have done well;
  • You have enough time before the November 1 deadline to write a thoughtful application.

When we review your early application, it is important to have a strong transcript through grade 11 because we will not have your grades from the first semester of your senior year. If your Restrictive Early Action application is accepted, the decision is non-binding, and you are free to apply to other colleges and universities during Regular Decision.

You may want to consider Regular Decision if any of the following applies:

  • Your grades are on an upward trend;
  • You are taking classes in your senior year that are significantly more rigorous than in grades 10 and 11;  
  • You are taking (or retaking) standardized exams;
  • You are working on a significant project or activity in the fall of your senior year.

In a Regular Decision application, we will have additional information such as your transcript from the first semester of your senior year, scores from exams you may be taking in the late fall, and more details about your senior year activities and projects.

Regular Decision is Stanford’s traditional option chosen by the majority of our applicants.


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Stanford students come from across the U.S. and the world, representing diverse experiences, backgrounds and cultures.

6,994Undergraduate Students
Class of 2023from 77 countries + 48 states
9,390Graduate Students


Undergraduate Admission

About 1,700 freshmen and 30 transfer students are admitted to Stanford each year. We review each applicant with an eye to academic excellence, intellectual vitality and personal context.

Undergraduate Admission

Undergraduate Financial Aid

Stanford meets the full financial need of every admitted undergrad who qualifies for assistance. Tuition is covered for undergrads with family incomes under $150,000. Tuition, room and board are covered for undergrads with family incomes below $75,000.

Undergraduate Financial Aid

Profile of the Class of 2022

Class of 2022

Graduate Studies

Graduate Admission

More than 65 departments and programs offer graduate and professional degrees at Stanford. Admission requirements vary greatly among them.

Graduate Admissions

Financing Graduate Study

The cost of graduate study at Stanford — and the resources available for financial support — vary by degree, school and enrollment status. About 82% of Stanford graduate students receive financial assistance.

Graduate Student Funding

Vice Provost for Graduate Education

The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education offers information for prospective students of the nearly 100 departments and programs offering graduate degrees.

VPGE Information for Prospective Students

Financial Aid

We are committed to making a world-class education affordable.

About 80%of all students receive financial aid
Tuition coveredfor undergrads with family incomes below $150,000
Tuition, room & board coveredfor undergrads with family incomes below $75,000
Graduate aid availablebased on available funds and academic merit

More About Financial Aid

Applying To Other Programs

Summer Session

High school students, current Stanford students and other college students can all apply to participate in eight week summer academic programs.

Summer Session

Lifelong Learning

Stanford offers valuable opportunities in continuing adult education, executive and professional programs, and special programs for K-12 students.

Continuing Education Programs


Information for postdoctoral scholars seeking positions at Stanford University.

Postdoctoral Positions

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Freshman Application Requirements

In response to COVID-19

Our standard requirements are below. In light of challenges related to COVID-19, some requirements have changed for applications submitted during the 2021-2022 academic year. Please see our COVID-19 application updates for details.


Required Application Components

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

Optional Arts Portfolio

  • The Arts Portfolio is optional and may be submitted to highlight extraordinary talent in the arts. Students must submit their application and Arts Portfolio by an earlier deadline.

After submitting your application

  • You will receive an application acknowledgement email from Stanford once your application has been processed. Double-check that your email address is valid to ensure you receive all correspondence.
  • Check your Stanford portal regularly to track the receipt of all required materials.
  • Add [email protected] to your email address book or safe senders list.
  • If you attend high school in an Interview Area, an alumni volunteer may invite you by email to participate in an optional interview.

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 freshman admission, transfer admission or a combination of both. If you have submitted fewer than three applications to Stanford, you may reapply.

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Financial Aid

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Making a world-class education possible

We meet the full demonstrated need, without loans, for every admitted undergrad who qualifies for financial assistance.


Appointments Required to Visit the Financial Aid Office in Person

Current students must make an appointment in advance in order to meet with a financial aid counselor in person at Montag Hall. Call 650-723-3058 to make an appointment. There is a secure drop box available by the front door for scholarship checks or other documents.

Applying for Aid

Application requirements, forms and deadlines. Note: We cannot confirm receipt of financial aid application requirements for admission applicants until after admission decisions have been released.

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Graduate Students

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Eligibility Changes

For a limited period of time, federal student loan borrowers may receive credit for past payments made on loans that otherwise would not qualify for PSLF.

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Who's My Parent When I Fill Out the FAFSA?

The answer may not be as simple as you think! Use this guide to determine who should complete the Parent section of your FAFSA.

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Tutorial: Reporting Outside Scholarships

Undergraduate students can follow these instructions to report the outside scholarships that they expect to receive for the 2021-2022 academic year.


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