Freedom. Opportunity. Impact.

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

At Stanford you will find the freedom to be yourself, and the opportunities to fully realize your potential. You will find a supportive, diverse community of scholars, philosophers, artists and entrepreneurs. You will find excellence in research, athletics, academia and the arts.

 The Academic Experience

Stanford's motto, "the wind of freedom blows," a call to unfettered research, service and discovery, was adopted as a guiding principle more than 100 years ago. Stanford students enjoy a remarkable degree of academic freedom. Our academic programs develop the knowledge you need while preserving the flexibility you may want.  

Please visit our website to learn more about Stanford’s academic offerings.

 The Student Perspective

Stanford students come from all 50 states and more than 50 countries to live on a breathtaking campus that is remarkably residential. On average, 97% of Stanford undergraduates live on campus all four years.

Stanford students have a reputation for working hard, and that energy and dedication extends to their involvement outside the classroom. You can visit our website to meet student government leaders, future Olympians, talented artists, political activists, fraternity and sorority presidents, volunteers and avid Cardinal sports fans. More than 600 student organizations drive campus life. Learn more about cherished Stanford traditions like fountain-hopping, the Wacky Walk and The Big Game against Cal!

The Place

Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose, Stanford University is in the heart of Northern California’s dynamic Silicon Valley, home to Yahoo!, Google, Hewlett-Packard and many other cutting-edge companies that were started by and continue to be led by Stanford alumni and faculty.

 Visit us on "the Farm" and get a feel for academic and student life:

  • Participate in our Discover Stanford program
  • Visit a class. Class lists are available at the Undergraduate Admission Office or the Visitor Center shortly after the start of each academic quarter, except summer quarter


Additional Information


This is the moment to think deeply about who you are and what matters to you. Have confidence in what you have done and trust where you are going. Believe in yourself and reflect carefully on how you want to present yourself. In the strongest applications we review, a student's genuine voice stands out.

We look forward to learning about your achievements, talents and goals. We approach the admission process with sincere respect for you. We will give your application serious consideration. Thank you for your interest in Stanford.

Application Deadlines

Restrictive Early Action

  • October 15 – Deadline for Application with Arts Portfolio
  • November 1 – Standard Application Deadline
  • December 15 – Notification Date
  • May 1 – Student Reply Date

Regular Decision

  • December 5 – Deadline for Application with Arts Portfolio
  • January 5 – Standard Application Deadline
  • April 1 – Notification Date
  • May 1 – Student Reply Date


  • March 15 – Application Deadline
  • May 15 – Notification Date
  • June 1 – Student Reply Date

Please visit our Regular Decision and Restrictive Early Action page to learn more about these options. You may also visit our website to learn more about application deadlines

Required Application Materials

  • The Coalition Application or the Common Application
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request
  • School Report and Counselor Recommendation
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Midyear Transcript

For more information, please see Freshman Application Requirements and Transfer Application Requirements.

Financial Aid

U.S. citizens and eligible noncitizens are admitted on a need-blind basis. Stanford is committed to making a world class education possible for every admitted undergraduate who qualifies for financial assistance. We meet the full demonstrated need, without loans, for every admitted undergraduate who qualifies for financial assistance.

Please visit the Stanford Financial Aid Website to learn more.