Stanford admits 748 early applicants to the Class of 2018

The freshman class is beginning to take shape, with acceptance offers sent to high school students in 48 states and 36 countries.

Stanford has sent acceptance letters to 748 high school students who sought admission to the Class of 2018 under the university's early admission program, the Office of Undergraduate Admission announced today.

The students were selected from 6,948 early admission candidates, the largest early application pool in Stanford's history.

"We have admitted an exceptional group of students from a tremendously talented pool of applicants," said Richard H. Shaw, dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid.

Shaw said the 748 students who received acceptance letters come from 48 states and 36 countries. More than 76 percent of them have a high school grade point average of 4.0 or above. They have demonstrated excellence in fields ranging from fine arts, writing and 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 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

"We are delighted by the extraordinary interest demonstrated in Stanford University through our Restrictive Early Action program," Shaw said. "We recognize the time and effort that goes into completing our application, and we are honored to have reviewed the applications of so many outstanding young people."

Stanford will reserve the majority of spaces in its freshman class for students who apply for admission under its regular decision program. More than 30,000 students are expected to apply for admission by Jan. 1, 2014.

Students admitted under both programs have until May 1, 2014, to accept Stanford's offers.

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