Friday, January 15, 2010

Stanford Received More Than 32,000 Applications for Class of 2014

January 11, 2010

Applicants should read this update about the status of their application credentials.

We are asking Regular Decision and Transfer admission candidates to refrain from calling or e-mailing the Office of Undergraduate Admission to check the status of their application credentials. We have now received more than 32,000 applications for admission, a roughly 4-5% increase over what we received for last year's freshman class.

To check the submission status of your application and track receipt of supporting materials online:

Be sure that your First Year Application and Stanford Supplement were successfully submitted to Stanford and not just to the Common Application. To do so, please access your Common Application account at and check under MY COLLEGES to ensure that both were submitted to Stanford. The notations "Submitted" or "Downloaded" will appear next to Application and Supplement.

You can then track the status of your supporting credentials (such as your Secondary School Report, transcript, and Teacher Evaluations) by going to and clicking on "Check Application Status" on the left hand side, under "Guest Menu." You will then be prompted to enter your email address; an email will be sent to you listing the credentials that have been received for your application. Note: You must enter the email address you listed on your application.

Please be aware that we are receiving transcripts, recommendations, and other credentials for thousands of applicants and there may be a significant delay between the time we receive those credentials and when they are matched to your application. Please do not call or email to check on the status of those credentials. We cannot confirm the arrival of specific credentials by phone or email. Instead we encourage you to check your status online after the application deadline, frequently, but no more than once per day, using the link above, until your application is complete. Please also be aware that we do not track optional materials that are not required for admission, so we will not be able to give you the status of any optional items sent.

We will be in touch with more updates in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience.

Updated on Jan. 26, 2010

The Office of Undergraduate Admission received more than 32,000 applications to the Class of 2014, trumping last year’s school record of 30,428.
With a larger pool of applicants and the same target class size of 1,675, a record-low seven percent of applicants will be offered spots, said Shawn Abbott, director of admission. Stanford last year was the third most selective American college or university, behind Harvard and Yale, each with seven percent admit rates.
In December, the University accepted 753 of the 5,566 students who applied early to the next freshman class; another 700 had their admission decisions deferred until this spring.
Stanford will also accept 20 transfer students in the spring, Abbott added.
A final count of applications is not yet available, the admission director said, because approximately 100 students who submitted applications have not paid their admission fee. Abbott said “most of this group will very likely pay their fee,” putting the overall application count at a six percent increase over last year’s final count.
Regular applicants will be notified of their admission decisions April 1, and all applicants will have until May 1 to respond.

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