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Stanford, California

Stanford Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Stanford University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
4.7%
Admission Difficulty for Stanford University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionExtreme

How hard is it to get into Stanford and can I get accepted? The school has a 5% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,085 out of 44,073 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, generally admitting students who score in the top 3 percent. Stanford University typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 82% chose to enroll. This indicates that admission to the school is highly desirable and it may be a primary choice for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Stanford SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1440-1560
Applicants Submitting SAT
78%
SAT Scores for Stanford University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 730
SAT Composite 25th 1440
SAT Scores for Stanford University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1560
Average SAT Score 1500

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Stanford University typically requires applicants to be in the top 3 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1440 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 1380. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1500 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 78 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
1560 and Above Good >8%
1500 to 1560 Avg + 5%-8%
1440 to 1500 Avg - 3%-5%
1380 to 1440 Reach 2%-3%
Less than 1380 Low <2%
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Stanford ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
32-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
61%
ACT Scores for Stanford University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Stanford University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 33

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 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in California for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 61 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 >10%
33 to 35 Avg + 5%-10%
32 to 33 Avg - 4%-5%
31 to 32 Reach 3%-4%
Less than 31 Low <3%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.18
Typical High School Grades
A

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. The school ranks #2 in California for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Stanford extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 4.18 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 4.18 GPA.

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High School GPA's for admitted Stanford University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
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

High School Class Rank

96% of Stanford University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Stanford University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 96%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Stanford University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 20,819 23,254 44,073
Accepted 1,066 1,019 2,085
Acceptance Rate 5% 4% 5%
Enrolled 874 826 1,700
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 82% 81% 82%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
43

Applicants have 43 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Stanford before the Jan 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

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.