Applying to Stanford

Admission Scoreboard
Acceptance Rate 5.19%
Yield 68.37%
SAT Score 1,495
ACT Score 33
Applicants 45,227

Applying To Stanford

For the academic year 2020-21, the acceptance rate is 5.19% at Stanford University where a total of 45,227 students applied and 2,349 were accepted. The average SAT score of enrolled students is 1,495 and the average ACT score is 33. It requires three items and recommends 3 articles to submit to their applicants. The following table describes the general admission information for applying to Stanford University.
Open Admission Policy
Undergraduate Application Fees$90
Graduate Application Fees$125
Admission Informationadmission.stanford.edu/
Online Applicationcommonapp.org
Acceptance Rate5%
Average Test Scores1,495 SAT / 33 ACT
Credits AcceptedAdvanced placement (AP) Credits

Acceptance Rate, Yield, and Headcounts

For the academic year 2020-2021, the acceptance rate is 5.19% where a total of 45,227 students (23,801 men and 21,426 women) have applied to Stanford and 2,349 (1,127 men and 1,222 women) students have been admitted to the school. Among them, 778 male and 828 female students have enrolled into Stanford and its yield, also known as enrollment rate is 68.37%. The following table shows the admission statistics including admission stats, acceptance rate, and yield.
Admission Statistics at Stanford
Acceptance Rate 5.19% 4.74% 5.70%
Yield (Enrollment Rate) 68.37% 69.03% 67.76%
[Chart] Acceptance Rate and Yield

Average SAT and ACT Scores

At Stanford, 1,156 applicants (72% of enrolled) have submitted their SAT scores and 725 applicants (45%) have submitted their ACT scores for seeking degrees. The average SAT score of those who submitted scores is 1,495 and the average ACT score is 33 at Stanford. SAT 75th percentile score is 1,570 and 25th percentile score is 1,420. For ACT scores, the 75th percentile score is 106 and the 25th percentile score is 94. The following table shows the detailed SAT and ACT scores distribution of enrolled students at Stanford.
Average SAT and ACT Scores at Stanford
25th Percentile75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing700770
SAT Math720800
ACT Composite3135
ACT Math3035
ACT English3336
[Chart] SAT Scores by Subject
[Chart] ACT Scores by Subject

Admission Requirements

Stanford University requires 3 item(s) (High School Record (or Transcript), Recommendations, Admission Test Scores) and recommends 3 articles (High School GPA, Completion of College Preparatory Program, TOEFL) to submit to their applicants. The following table summarizes the application requirements at Stanford University
Application Requirements for Stanford
High School GPA
High School Rank
High School Record (or Transcript)
Completion of College Preparatory Program
Formal Demonstration of Competencies
Admission Test Scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Required △ Considered (not Required) ✓ Recommended ✗ Neither Required nor Recommended

Calendar System and Accepted Credits

The calendar system at Stanford University is Quarter. Stanford University accepts Advanced placement (AP) Credits. Next table describes credits that Stanford University accepts.
Calendar SystemQuarter
Dual Credits
Credits for Life Experiences
Advanced placement (AP) Credits
Credit for military training