Applications for the Class of 2017 set record at Stanford

Stanford, which has offered admission to 2,210 high school students for the Class of 2017, received a record 38,828 applications from around the world.

L.A. Cicero Administrators preparing admit offer letters / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Director of Undergraduate Admission Colleen Lim enjoys a lighthearted moment with Dean of Admission Rick Shaw as they finalize the paperwork to be sent to admits for the Class of 2017.

Stanford sent notification letters today to high school students around the world, inviting them to join the Class of 2017.

The university has offered admission to 2,210 students, including 725 applicants who were accepted last December through the early action program, the Office of Undergraduate Admission announced today.

Richard Shaw, dean of admission and financial aid, said Stanford reviewed 38,828 applications this year. This represents the largest application pool in Stanford history. Last year, Stanford received 36,632 applications for its freshman class.

"The most exciting part of our review is the opportunity to consider the world's most exceptional students," Shaw said. "The most daunting challenge is to select a relatively small number from among a most competitive and exceptional group of candidates. We are honored by the vast abilities and potential of those we admitted and those who, in the end, we could not accommodate."

Students admitted under the early and regular decision admission program have until May 1 to accept Stanford's offer.

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