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Stanford Report, April 3, 2002

Stanford offers admission to 2,320 for the Class of 2006

Stanford will make offers of admission to 2,320 students for the Class of 2006 -- a class that will be among the university's most academically distinguished, culturally and ethnically diverse, and intellectually accomplished, officials announced Thursday.

Letters will be mailed Thursday to 1,764 admitted students who have until May 1 to decide whether to accept the offers. Letters confirming enrollment will be sent to another 556 students previously offered admission under Stanford's Early Decision program.

Admission to Stanford's freshman class was again very competitive this year, continuing the trend of increased selectivity over the past several years. Only 12.4 percent of the applicants for fall 2002 were offered admission, compared with 12.7 percent for fall 2001 and 13.2 percent for fall 2000. Total applications held steady at approximately 19,000.

"I have been continually bowled over by the academic and personal accomplishments of our applicants," said Robin Mamlet, dean of admission and financial aid. "I keep expecting that this excellence will begin to feel ordinary, but it never does: These young people are absolutely phenomenal."

For the first time in the university's history, more than half the admitted students are people of color: 13 percent are African American, 24 percent are Asian American, 10 percent are Mexican American, 3 percent are other Latino, and 2 percent are Native American/Native Hawaiian. In addition, international students -- from more than 40 countries -- make up 5 percent of the admitted class.

Academic achievement, intellectual vitality and a love of learning remain the most important criteria for admission to Stanford, according to Mamlet. Roughly 90 percent of those offered admission, for whom class rankings were reported, were ranked within the top 10 percent of their high school class, and nearly three-quarters of the admitted students earned a GPA of 4.0 or higher. In addition, many students demonstrated exceptional intellectual promise through such activities as in-depth study in areas of personal interest, independent sponsored research, and national competitions in the sciences and humanities.

Mamlet says the admitted students demonstrate a variety of exceptional life experiences. "These students, for instance, hold patents to inventions or have won national competitions in areas as diverse as tobogganing to poetry slams. One is an accomplished documentary filmmaker, while another is the host of a radio talk show for teenagers." A number have done extraordinary work with Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity and other local charities and community-based non-profit organizations. The extracurricular interests of the class include music, dance, drama, athletics, art, creative writing and public service.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented among the admitted students. Just over one-third of the admitted students are from California, followed by Texas, New York, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Georgia and Massachusetts. Applications came from students representing 5,270 secondary schools around the country and the world, of which 1,372 are represented in the admitted class.

Admitted freshmen and their parents have been invited to visit the Stanford campus and meet with faculty members and students during Admit Weekend, April 18-21. The program will give students the chance to explore Stanford's diverse academic opportunities, experience campus life first hand, and meet the other extraordinary young people who will become their future classmates.