CONTACT: Stanford University News Service (650) 723-2558
COMMENT: James Montoya, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions (415) 725-2839
STANFORD -- Stanford expects to enroll a freshman class of about 1,600 students this fall, more than 60 percent of those who were offered admission in the first year the university offered an "early decision" option.
James Montoya, dean of undergraduate admissions and financial aid, said that as of May 30, 1,601 of the 2,608 students offered admission to the Class of 2000 had accepted, a "yield rate" of 61.4 percent, up from 55.1 percent last year.
The class includes 568 students who were accepted under the "early decision" program. Those students had to commit to enrolling at Stanford in exchange for an earlier-than-normal decision (either in late December or early February, depending on the round for which they applied). The "regular" admits were notified starting in late March.
The number of applications for the Class of 2000 was 16,359, the highest since the
mid-1980s. The Stanford record is 17,652 in 1985. Last year's figure was 15,390, the highest since that year.
The total number of students offered admission was down by 300, from 2,908 in 1995.
The entering class is 50.3 percent male and 49.7 percent female. The number of high schools represented is 1,004, 68 percent public and 32 percent private.
Forty-nine states are represented only Delaware is without a student in the class. California has the most students, 41 percent, followed by large contingents from Texas, New York, Washington, Massachusetts, Oregon, Illinois and Arizona. There are 99 international freshmen from 35 different countries.
According to data supplied by the students, Caucasians make up 54 percent of the entering class, and Asian Americans 23 percent. Nine percent are Mexican American/Hispanic, 8 percent are African American, and 1 percent American Indian/Eskimo. Five percent are international.
Of those reporting class rank, 87 percent were in the top 10 percent, and 95 percent in the top 25 percent. More than three-quarters (76 percent) had high school GPAs of between 3.8 and 4.0.
Two-hundred prospective freshmen were designated President's Scholars, in recognition of their achievements in high school. Each President's Scholar is eligible for a $1,500 research grant after matriculation. This year, 87 President's Scholars accepted Stanford's offer of admission, up from 79 last year.
Thirty of the 600 applicants placed on the waiting list were offered admission and had until May 29 to respond, so the exact size of the freshman class will not be known until later in June, Montoya said.
In addition to the freshmen, 150 new transfer students will enroll at Stanford this fall. A total of 187 were offered admission from an applicant pool of 1,187, who ranged in age from 17 to 35.
The transfers represent 35 states, and 15 are from 11 foreign countries. Males compose 52 percent of the transfer class, females 48 percent. They come from 106 different colleges, including about 20 community colleges.
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