The university has made offers of admission to 470 applicants under the Early Decision program, said Robert Kinnally, dean of admission and financial aid.
"This is indeed an extraordinary group," he said. "We are eager to have them join us at Stanford, where they will make splendid contributions in their classes and in the community. Their intellectual curiosity, passion for ideas and issues and their fine personal qualities distinguished them from a pool of exceptionally strong candidates."
Early Decision is an option for students whose first choice is Stanford and who are ready to make a binding commitment to attend Stanford if admitted.
Candidates applying under the regular decision program had until Dec. 15 to apply and will be notified in early April.
Early Decision admits hail from 17 countries and from 39 states and the District of Columbia. Forty-three percent of the admitted students are from California.
Stanford expects to enroll 1,600
freshmen in the fall. SR