Stanford Admission Requirements

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Stanford University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

Can I get into Stanford? The school has a 5% acceptance rate. Last year, 2,118 out of 43,997 applicants were admitted making Stanford an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores. Stanford University typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Of those applicants which were admitted, 82% chose to enroll. This indicates that admission to the school is highly desireable and it may be a primary choice for many students.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Stanford University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 700
SAT Math 25th 730
SAT Composite 25th 1430
SAT Scores for Stanford University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 790
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1590
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Stanford University?

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1430 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1350. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 77 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Stanford University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1590 and Above Good >8%
1510 to 1590 Avg + 5%-8%
1430 to 1510 Avg - 3%-5%
1350 to 1430 Reach 2%-3%
Less than 1350 Low <2%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Stanford University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 32
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 31
ACT Scores for Stanford University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Stanford?

Admission data indicates that Stanford regularly accepts students with ACT's of 31 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 29 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 33 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Stanford University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Stanford University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >8%
33 to 35 Avg + 5%-8%
31 to 33 Avg - 3%-5%
29 to 31 Reach 2%-3%
Less than 29 Low <2%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Stanford University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Stanford University was 4.18 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A students are accepted and ultimately attend. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Stanford extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 4.18 GPA..

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Stanford University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 95% Good
3.50 to 3.75 4% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 1% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 N/A% Low
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Low
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low


Admission Statistics

Stanford University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 20,992 23,005 43,997
Accepted 1,087 1,031 2,118
Acceptance Rate 5% 4% 5%
Enrolled 885 854 1,739
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 81% 83% 82%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Stanford University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Stanford University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Stanford University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=243744 IPEDS survey data for Stanford University.