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How hard is it to get into Stanford and can I get accepted? The school has a 4% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,062 out of 47,498 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 quarter of their high school class.
You must submit admission test scores with your application. Stanford University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||700|
|SAT Math 25th||740|
|SAT Composite 25th||1440|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||770|
|SAT Math 75th||800|
|SAT Composite 75th||1570|
|Average SAT Score||1510|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Stanford University?
Stanford University typically prefers 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 1370. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1510 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 69 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1570 and Above||Good||>7%|
|1505 to 1570||Avg +||4%-7%|
|1440 to 1505||Avg -||2%-4%|
|1375 to 1440||Reach||1%-2%|
|Less than 1375||Low||<1%|
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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||34|
|ACT Math 25th||30|
|ACT Composite 25th||32|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||36|
|ACT Math 75th||35|
|ACT Composite 75th||35|
|Average ACT Score||33|
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 #5 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Stanford University.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|35 and Above||Good||>8%|
|33 to 35||Avg +||4%-8%|
|32 to 33||Avg -||3%-4%|
|31 to 32||Reach||2%-3%|
|Less than 31||Low||<2%|
What GPA do you need to get into Stanford University?
Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Stanford. 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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House
96% of Stanford University freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||81%||83%||82%|
Applicants have 99 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 3, 2022.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Stanford University is $90.
What are the requirements for admission to Stanford University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.
69% of students submit their SAT scores to Stanford. 55% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
4% of those who apply are granted admission to Stanford. Admission competition is extreme and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1440 and 1570. 69% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 32 and 35. 55% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.