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Admission offers mailed to 2,855 students

STANFORD -- Offers of admission to Stanford University were mailed Tuesday, March 31, to 2,855 students across the country and around the world.

The admitted students were selected from more than 13,200 candidates whose applications and supporting credentials have been reviewed and evaluated over the past three months by the admissions staff.

The size of the class enrolling in the fall is anticipated to be about 1,580 students.

It was the first class selected by James Montoya, Stanford's new dean of undergraduate admissions. He said he found the selection process to be as challenging as he had been told it would be by former deans Fred Hargadon and Jean Fetter, and more exhilarating than he ever imagined.

"The depth and breadth of excellence demonstrated in the Stanford applicant pool is simply extraordinary," he said.

Montoya also said he felt fortunate to have inherited an admission program that "so thoughtfully and thoroughly considers the strengths of each applicant" in the selection process.

More than 90 percent of the admitted students for whom class-ranks was reported fell within the top 10 percent of their high school class. More than 1,200 of the admitted class had perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

Reflecting the overall quality of the applicant pool, less than one-half of the applicants with straight-A grades and less than one-half of applicants scoring a combined 1400 or higher, out of a possible 1600, on the Scholastic Aptitude Test were admitted this year. Twenty-nine percent of the admitted class had SAT verbal scores of 700 or higher (only 1 percent of the students who take the SAT nationally score 700 or above) and 62 percent had SAT math scores of 700 or higher (compared to 4 percent of the national test takers).

The academic and extracurricular accomplishments of the admitted students are equally impressive. A significant number of admitted students were evaluated by members of the Stanford community and deemed to have great potential for contribution to programs on campus.

Seventy-one of them exhibited exceptional talent in art, dance, drama or music, as determined by faculty in the respective departments. One hundred eighty-six were rated as "blue chip" athletes by the Stanford coaches, including five of the 10 Dial Corp. national winners (designated as the best high school senior athletes). Many admitted students were involved in student government or community service. Applications came from students from 4,144 secondary schools, of which 1,605 are represented in the admitted class.

The genders of admitted students are about even - 52.4 percent men, 47.6 percent women.

The ethnic and cultural diversity of the admitted class continued to be great. Of the admitted students, 10.1 percent are African American, 24 percent are Asian American, 10.5 percent are Mexican American/Chicano, and 1.3 percent are Native American.

Over the past five years, the percentage of African Americans in the admitted class has ranged from a low of 7.4 percent in 1990 to a high of 10.6 percent in 1988. The percentage of Mexican Americans has steadily grown over the past five years from 8.3 percent in 1988 to 10.5 percent in 1992. The percentage of Native Americans in the accepted class has remained fairly constant, ranging from 0.9 percent in 1988 to 1.3 percent this year. The percentage of Asian Americans in the admitted class has grown from 17.4 percent in 1988 to 24.0 percent in 1992. (See attached chart.)

Offers of admission were sent to applicants from all 50 states and from 3 foreign countries. California has the highest representation in the admitted class (37.4 percent), followed by New York and Texas (tied at 5.5 percent), Illinois (3.6 percent), Washington (3.5 percent) and New Jersey (3.2 percent).

The representation from California is up slightly from last year (37.4 percent vs. 36.2 percent). Among the international students admitted (4.1 percent of the class), for the first time there is a significant representation from Eastern Europe: three from Bulgaria, two from Russia, two from Hungary and one from Yugoslavia.



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