Stanford sends early acceptances to 754 students

Applications to non-binding early admission program set another record

Stanford University has selected 754 students for early admission from a record number of early applicants for its undergraduate class of 2015, the university announced.

Stanford notified all early applicants of its decisions -- admitted, denied or deferred to the regular-decision round -- by e-mail Friday afternoon (Dec. 10).

Some 5,929 students -- a new record for Stanford -- had applied for the non-binding early action program, Stanford said.

The university said it expects to have more than 26,000 applications by the "regular admission" deadline of Jan. 1, 2011.

"We continue to attract an exceptional number of highly competitive candidates and we are honored by the interest they have shown in Stanford," Richard Shaw, dean of admission and financial aid, said.

Students admitted under both the early and regular programs have until May 1, 2011, to decide whether to take up the university's offer.

In 2010, Stanford admitted 2,340 of 32,022 applicants for the class of 2014. Of those admitted, 1,674 enrolled as freshmen this past September.

Of the 999 students placed on an "unranked" waiting list for the class of 2014, 773 elected to remain on the list and 40 eventually were admitted, the university reported.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 13, 2010 at 10:17 am

Maybe one of the admission criteria should be that they LOVE football.

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm

It is easy to love a team like Stanford this season!

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Posted by New to high school
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Can someone explain this to me? When do these students apply and do their applications get reconsidered if they do not gain early admission? Or are these a bunch of athletes they want on their teams? How do these applicants differ?

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Posted by Mom
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 13, 2010 at 1:45 pm

If I remember well, if you apply for early admission, you pledge to accept the spot offered to you at the university which is not the case for standard admission.

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Posted by college mom
a resident of Gunn High School
on Dec 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm

New to High School:
Lots are recruited athletes and lots are good students whose parents are Stanford faculty or whose parents/siblings attended Stanford.

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Posted by Chris Kenrick, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 13, 2010 at 2:58 pm

New to high school, Mom and College Mom:

Much has changed -- and continues to change -- in the past few years on the early decision/early action front. Here's a link from the College Board website that rougly explains what colleges mean by regular decision, early decision and early action: Web Link

Stanford calls its early program "early action - restrictive." It is non-binding (meaning an accepted student is not required ultimately to choose Stanford), but does require the applicant to agree not to apply under "early" programs to other colleges.

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Posted by Proud Papa
a resident of another community
on Dec 14, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Our son is one of the 754 just accepted. Further to some questions below, he is neither an athlete nor the son of a Stanford alumn -- just a really bright, motivated student (who could not make any other claims for preferential treatment, either, in case you're still wondering) and -- more importantly -- a kind, caring person (IMHO). We loved the Stanford community, both on and off campus, and are thrilled at the prospect of him attending such an outstanding college next year.

I was naturally drawn to the numbers in this article. It's interesting to note that almost 30% of the students accepted last year decided not to go. The tuition is a concern for every student, but it's obviously downright prohibitive to many, which is sad, given how deserving they all must be.

Creepy factoid: Check out the number of admitted students in 2010 who ultimately did not enroll. You have to do simple subtraction, but the answer is in the article's penultimate paragraph.

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Posted by OhlonePar
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm

From what I've seen with my young relatives, these days you apply to a ton of schools--the common application makes this easier. Then you start comparing financial-aid packets. There are a small number of students whom everyone wants--grades, scores, special talent, compelling story--and those kids apply all over the place and then negotiate.

The next tier down are kids who have grades, scores, good extracurriculars, some talent, but don't stand out in quite the same way. I swear it seems positively random the way these kids will get into one school, but not another--in Harvard, but not Princeton, say.

They're the kids whose parents can't believe how insane getting into college is these days.

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Posted by college mom
a resident of Gunn High School
on Dec 14, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Our kid graduated Gunn last year and is now a freshman at UC Berkeley. Our child was accepted at many fine private schools on west coast and east coast. We felt, (along with child) that unless it was Harvard, Yale or Princeton, with Cal being an option, it wasnt worth the 55k year.
Interestingly enough, UC Berkeley is ranked number 2 internationally (Stanford is #3). Our child is loving Berkeley and felt that the campus environment is bustling, exciting and awesome. Classes are small with some larger lectures.
On another note, virtually most of the Gunn kids who got accepted to Stanford last year had faculty parents.

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Posted by former Paly parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Seems a lot of discussions on college admissions forums on the net have questioned admissions "facts." Some schools are more honest than others.
College Confidential is an outstanding forum to look into this; discussions of legacy admissions (Princeton) and other angles are well documented.
For example, some colleges are known to be advertising/marketing/targeting heavily in recent years to attract greater numbers of applicants (Wash U St. Louis); certain top schools send out Likely Letters that attract more apps (but not more acceptances); others may doctor their numbers by making a huge wait list and then taking a lot of that list (vs. a school that has a small wait list and takes few); the overall apps/offers/acceptances can get skewed depending on how all this is reported by all these schools.

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