Stanford offers early admission to 725 students

The Class of 2017 is beginning to take shape.

Stanford has sent acceptance letters to 725 high school students who sought admission to the Class of 2017 under the university's early admission program, the Office of Undergraduate Admission announced today.

The students were selected from 6,103 early admission candidates, the largest restricted early application pool in Stanford's history.

"We have admitted an extraordinary and highly accomplished group of students, selected from an early pool of exceptional depth," said Richard H. Shaw, dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid. "We are honored to have reviewed all the outstanding young people who expressed an interest in Stanford."

Shaw said the 725 students who received acceptance letters come from 43 states and 28 countries. More than 70 percent have a high school grade point average of 4.0 or higher and have demonstrated excellence in fields ranging from fine arts, writing and the humanities to engineering and science.

All early applicants were notified of their decisions – admitted, denied or deferred to the regular decision round – by email Friday afternoon.

Students who apply through Stanford's restrictive early action program may consider all of their college options before responding.

Under Stanford's undergraduate financial aid program, the university guarantees to meet the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students.

Stanford will reserve the majority of spaces in its freshman class for students who apply for admission under its regular decision program. An additional 30,000 students are expected to apply for admission by Jan. 1.

Students admitted under both programs have until May 1 to accept Stanford's offers.

Richard H. Shaw, dean of admission and financial aid: (650) 723-2091,