Stanford admits 743 early applicants to the Class of 2019

The freshman class is beginning to take shape, with acceptance offers sent to high school students from 47 states and 31 countries.

Stanford has sent acceptance letters to 743 high school students who sought admission to the Class of 2019 under the university's early admission program, the Office of Undergraduate Admission announced today.

The students were selected from 7,297 early admission candidates, the largest early application pool in Stanford's history.

"We have admitted a remarkable group of students from an extremely talented applicant pool," said Richard H. Shaw, dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid. "Our review was rigorous, and we are pleased to celebrate those who were accepted."

Shaw said the 743 students who received acceptance letters come from 47 states and 31 countries. More than 75 percent of them have a high school grade point average of 4.0 or above, and have demonstrated excellence in fields ranging from the arts and humanities to Earth sciences, 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 humbled by the many competitive candidates who demonstrated interest 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. 3.

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,