Stanford University today sent e-mails to 1,673 high school students from "around the world," inviting them to join the undergraduate Class of 2015, the university announced.
Admitted students have until May 1 to accept or take a pass on Stanford's offer.
Of students admitted to Stanford, about 70 percent in recent years have decided to attend.
The university announced a 72 percent "yield rate" for the Class of 2014 and a 70 percent yield for the class of 2013, the Stanford Daily reported, adding that Stanford's rate in recent years is second only to that of Harvard University.
"Stanford has been exceedingly fortunate to attract a simply amazing group of applicants from all over the world," Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Richard Shaw said in a prepared statement.
"In our review, we were humbled by the exceptional accomplishments of those candidates who have been admitted, as well as the competitive strength of all of the applicants."
Last year, Stanford offered freshman admission to 2,300 -- or 7.2 percent -- of the 32,022 who applied.
By comparison, Stanford in 1996 reported a yield rate of 61.4 percent, up from 55.1 percent the previous year. In 1996, the university admitted 2,608 -- or 15.9 percent -- of its 16,359 applicants.
At that time, then Dean of Undergraduate Admission James Montoya reported that the previous record for undergraduate applications had been 17,652.
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