Stanford applications set another record

Undergraduate applications continue on upward trajectory

The number of applications for this fall's freshman class at Stanford University -- at 34,200 -- have set another record, the university said today.

Applications for the class of 2015 surged 7 percent over last year's 32,022 applications for the class of 2014, which was also a record.

The figures represent the combined number of students who apply to be freshmen at Stanford, under both "regular" and "restrictive early action" programs.

Last spring, Stanford offered admission to 2,300 students, including 753 who were admitted through the university's early action program. Admitted students represented just 7.2 percent of all applicants.

The size of Stanford's freshman class – those who ultimately enroll – is about 1,700, according to the College Board.

Stanford undergraduate applications have been on an upward trajectory for some time, going from 22,333 in 2006, to 23,958 in 2007, to 25,299 in 2008 to 30,429 in 2009, according to university records.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of University South
on Jan 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

It must be good to be #1!

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

What's the average number of schools a good student applies to these days? In my era it seemed we applied to one Ivy League school and one UC campus, with Foothill as the consolation prize. Also probably many more foreign applicants now. On my one trip to Shanghai not too long ago I was amused to see large Bank of China ads in the airport showing an idyllic scene of a happy cap & gowned student waving her diploma in front of Hoover Tower.

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Stanford
on Jan 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Except of course Stanford is NOT #1. Most of the increase is due to use of the Common Application. Applicants aren't all that interested in attending Stanford. But as long as their parents are willing to pay another $90 they'll click the box for another college to receive their application.

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Posted by Peter
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Jan 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

And to think that when it was founded JLS said it was to serve the children of California.

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