Stanford University has formed a group of faculty, alumni trustees and a student to study possibly increasing the number of freshman it admits.
The group will begin meeting in January and is due to report back to President John Hennessy by next fall, according to Jeff Wachtel, special assistant to Hennessy.
"There is no predetermined outcome for this group," Wachtel said.
Hennessy broached the issue in September in his president's column in Stanford, the alumni magazine, saying he was concerned by the number of qualified students the university turns away each year.
Those include high school valedictorians and students with perfect SAT scores. The university had nearly 24,000 applicants this year for a freshman class of about 1,680 students.
Hennessy wrote in September that he was interested in considering a "slight" increase.
"It is still one of the most difficult parts of the job to explain to parents with gifted children why a son or daughter was not admitted," Hennessy wrote.
Increasing the number of undergraduates would affect housing, financial aid and the ratio of faculty to students.