Stanford offers early admission to 755

Decisions for early applicants to the Class of 2016 went out by e-mail Friday afternoon

Stanford University Friday offered admission to 755 high school students under its "restrictive early action program" for the undergraduate Class of 2016.

The number of early applicants to Stanford fell slightly this year -- to 5,880 -- after rising for the past three years, reaching a record 5,929 last year.

The university said it expects to receive more than 28,000 applicants for the Class of 2016 by the January 1 "regular decision" deadline.

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

Like students accepted in the spring under Stanford's "regular decision" timetable, the early admits have until May 1 to tell the university whether they intend to enroll. However, they agree not to apply to any other private college or university's "early admission" program.

Stanford reserves the majority of spaces in its freshman class for students applying through the regular decision process.

For current freshman class, the university admitted 1,673 regular applicants in addition to 754 early applicants out of a record-breaking total of 34,348 applicants.

Of the 2,427 admitted, 1,709 enrolled at Stanford this fall.

In recent years, around 70 percent of students admitted to Stanford have chosen 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 has reported, adding that Stanford's yield rate in recent years is second only to that of Harvard University.

Chris Kenrick

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