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March 30, 2007

Stanford offers admission to 2,465 applicants

The Office of Undergraduate Admission announced today that 2,465 freshman applicants have been admitted to Stanford for the 2007-08 academic year.

Letters of acceptance will be mailed today to 1,715 applicants who were admitted through the Regular Decision process. Follow-up letters also have been sent to 750 applicants previously offered admission through Stanford's Single-Choice Early Action program, a non-binding, early admission program for students who have identified Stanford as their first choice.

Students will also be able to find out their status online, using a password-protected website, after 3 p.m. (Pacific Time) today.

The deadline for deciding whether to accept the offer is May 1.

"The academic power, social activism, artistic talent, athletic achievement and intellectual vitality of our admitted students is truly humbling," said Richard Shaw, dean of undergraduate admission and financial aid. "The Stanford Class of 2011 will be a force to be reckoned with come September."

The total number of applicants, 23,956, represents a historic high. Last year, 22,332 students applied for admission.

The students admitted this year come from all 50 states and 59 foreign countries. More than 60 percent attend public high schools.

Californians account for the largest group offered admission, with 958 students. Texans rank second, with 147 students, and New Yorkers rank third with 107.

Outside the United States, Koreans account for the largest group offered admission, with 35 students. Singaporeans rank second, with 18 students, and Canadians rank third, with 17.

For those who reported class rankings on their applications, more than 90 percent were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes. More than 75 percent of those offered admission had a grade-point average of 4.0 or higher.

Among the students admitted who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents, 52 percent are African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, American Indians and Native Hawaiians.

All prospective students who gained admission have been invited to visit campus during Admit Weekend, April 19-21, to explore the university and meet their future classmates. Online registration is available until April 15 at

Later this summer, Stanford will join nearly 300 American colleges and universities that accept the Common Application, part of a targeted effort to streamline the admission process for high school seniors and their guidance counselors.

Common Application Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that provides an online admission application that students may submit to any of its member institutions.

Stanford's move to the Common Application (and its recent decision to push back its application deadline to Jan. 1) is part of an over-arching effort to reduce anxiety and stress surrounding the college admission process.



Kathleen J. Sullivan, News Service: (650) 724-5708,


Shawn L. Abbott, Director of Admission: (650) 725-6789,


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