Stanford admits 2,138 to Class of 2018

Largest applicant pool in university history means just 5 percent get in

Stanford University sent acceptance and rejection notifications Friday, March 28, to more than 40,000 high school students from around the world who applied for admission to the undergraduate Class of 2018.

The university offered admission to 2,138 students, including 748 who were accepted last December through the early action program.

Admitted students comprise just 5.07 percent of the record-setting total applicant pool of 42,167.

In recent years Stanford has become even more selective than Harvard University, which last week admitted 5.9 percent of the 34,295 applicants for its Class of 2018.

Students admitted for this fall's freshman class at Stanford come from 50 states and 71 countries, and "truly represent the broad and deep diversity of the world," Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Richard H. Shaw said in a statement.

Shaw did not say how many admitted students were offered financial aid. The university maintains a "need-blind" admission policy and said recently that 50 percent of undergraduates receive need-based aid from Stanford and another 10 percent receive athletics-based aid.

Total undergraduate charges this fall will be $58,388, including $44,184 for tuition, $13,631 for room and board and $573 for a mandatory health fee.

All admitted students, including those accepted last December, have until May 1 to accept Stanford's offer.

The number of students applying for freshman admission to Stanford this year was up 8 percent over last year's figure of 38,823.

Harvard reported a slight decline in the number of freshman applications this year -- 34,295, down from 35,023 in 2013. It offered admission to 2,023.

Chris Kenrick


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