With an approximate 5-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, Stanford emphasizes close student and faculty interaction. Stanford offers three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sciences and Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. Each is designed to achieve balance between depth of knowledge acquired through specialization and breadth of knowledge gained through exploration.
Three of Stanford’s seven schools award undergraduate degrees: Humanities and Sciences; Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; and Engineering. Undergraduates complete at least 180 units, including major courses, writing and rhetoric requirements, and one year of a foreign language.
All undergraduates also complete their Ways of Thinking / Ways of Doing general education requirements: 11 courses in 8 interdisciplinary Ways categories.
Stanford has a limited amount of financial aid for international students. International students needing assistance must make that indication on the admission application. Applicants who are admitted with eligibility for aid will be awarded assistance from institutional funds based on their family financial circumstances.
All university scholarship funds are awarded on the basis of financial need as determined by information provided on the CSS Profile. No separate application is required for any of our specific scholarship funds.
$90 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request
School Report form and counselor letter of recommendation
Official transcript(s) or academic results
Letters of recommendation from two teachers
Midyear transcript (by February 15)
Early Action: November 1
Regular Decision: January 5
The Common Application includes essay prompts for your personal essay. In addition to the personal essay, we also require the Stanford Questions, which you can access and submit through the Common Application once you add Stanford University to your list of colleges.
The essays are your chance to tell us about yourself in your own words; there are no right or wrong answers and you should allow your genuine voice to come through. These questions help us get to know you as a friend, future roommate and classmate.
There is a 100-word minimum and a 250-word maximum for each essay.
The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning.
Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate—and us—get to know you better.
Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why.
Application Fee & Fee Waiver
Submit the $90 nonrefundable application fee with your Common Application.
Fee Waiver Request
Use the Common Application fee waiver guidelines to determine your eligibility. If you feel your financial situation might meet the fee waiver guidelines, you may request a fee waiver by selecting 'Yes' to the Common App Fee Waiver question in the application.
There are no minimum test scores required to be admitted to Stanford, and there is no score that guarantees admission. At Stanford, we review applications holistically, meaning every component of the application is valuable to us as we get to know each student.
ACT or SAT (Writing/Essay not required)
We will review applications from all students using either self-reported or official scores. If you would like to have official scores sent, you may use the College Board’s Score Choice option or the equivalent offered by the ACT.
If you are offered admission and choose to enroll, official scores will be required. In order for test scores to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the College Board or the ACT.*