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Holiday celebrations for 301 Stanford applicants

STANFORD -- Stanford University has mailed offers of admission to 301 Early Decision candidates for the Class of 2000. This is the first group of students who have applied to Stanford under any kind of early admission process.

Those seeking early decisions from Stanford had two options. In Early Decision I, applications had to be postmarked on or before Nov. 1 to receive notification before Christmas. In Early Decision II, applications could come in by the regular Dec. 15 deadline. Those notifications will go out in early February. In both cases, students requesting early decisions had to commit to attending Stanford if selected.

"We couldn't be more pleased with both the quantity and the quality of the Early Decision I hopefuls," said James Montoya, dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid. "The Early Decision admitted group presents stronger academic credentials than all past enrolling classes. It is truly impressive."

Of the 1,051 Early Decision I candidates, 301 were offered admission and must withdraw their applications, if any, from other universities. Forty-two states are represented, with California being the home state for 43 percent (overall, 46 percent of the applicants were from California.) New York, Oregon, Texas, Maryland and Pennsylvania also have 10 or more students among the Early Decision I admits.

In terms of academic criteria, more than 90 percent of those admitted (for whom class rankings were reported) fall within the top decile of their high school classes. More than half of the Early Decision I class have perfect 4.0 grade point averages, and more than 80 percent have combined SAT I scores of 1400 or above, out of a possible 1600.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions expects about 1,800 applicants for the Early Decision II program, Montoya said.

The applicant pool this year is expected to be about 16,000, which would make it the largest since 1985. Approximately 2,900 will be offered admission, and Stanford expects to admit a class of nearly 1,600 freshmen in the fall of 1996.

The Early Decision option was recommended in 1994 by a study group on enhanced recruitment and yield, formed by the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aids. The "yield," or percentage of those offered admission who accept, has been steady at about 55 percent in recent years. Montoya said the Early Decision program should have "a positive impact" on the yield.



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