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Chances of getting into Stanford University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
5%
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 acceptance rate at Stanford is 5%.  It ranks #1 in California and #2 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Stanford is extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Last year, 2,349 out of 45,227 applicants were admitted.

The school has exceptionally high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 4 percent (SAT 1420/1570 ACT 31/35). Stanford University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.96. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. Of those applicants who were admitted, 68% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Stanford University is a prized outcome for many students.

The Stanford application fee is $90 and applications are due by Jan 3.

Testing Requirements

You are required to 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 COVID-19.

Stanford SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1420-1570
Applicants Submitting SAT
69%
SAT Scores for Stanford University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 700
SAT Math 25th 720
SAT Composite 25th 1420
SAT Scores for Stanford University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 770
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1570
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 prefers applicants to be in the top 4 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1420 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 1340. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1500 out of 1600. Stanford ranks #3 in California and #20 in the nation 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 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Stanford University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1570 and Above Good >8%
1495 to 1570 Avg + 5%-8%
1420 to 1495 Avg - 3%-5%
1345 to 1420 Reach 2%-3%
Less than 1345 Low <2%
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Stanford ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
31-35 
Applicants Submitting ACT
55%
ACT Scores for Stanford University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 30
ACT Composite 25th 31
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 31 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 5 percent nationally. 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. The school ranks #3 in California and #32 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 55 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Stanford University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

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%
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Stanford GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.96
Typical High School Grades
A-

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 3.96 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in California for highest average GPA. Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Stanford extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.96 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.96 GPA.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Stanford University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
4.0 68.7% Avg -
3.75 to 3.99 27.5% Reach
3.50 to 3.74 3.1% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 0.4% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 0.3% Low
2.50 to 2.99 0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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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 3.2%
Top 50% of class 1%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Stanford University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 21,426 23,801 45,227
Accepted 1,222 1,127 2,349
Acceptance Rate 6% 5% 5%
Enrolled 828 778 1,606
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 68% 69% 68%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 3, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 3, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Stanford University is $90.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Stanford University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Stanford University Application 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.

FAQs

Does Stanford University prefer SAT or ACT?

69% of students submit their SAT scores to Stanford. 55% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Stanford University?

5% 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.

What SAT score is required for Stanford University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1420 and 1570. 69% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Stanford University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 35. 55% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.