Stanford has admitted a significantly higher number of
students in its early pool, after a boost in early
applications that followed a change in the University's early
Stanford invited 800 students last month to join the Class
of 2008, compared to the 596 early decision applicants
admitted last year. Yet the early acceptance rate actually
decreased from 24 percent to around 20 percent due to the high
number of applicants.
After switching from a binding early decision program to an
experimental single-choice early action program, Stanford
received close to 4,200 early applications this year, a record
surge of 62 percent over last year. Those admitted account for
one third of total expected admission offers.
Over 19,100 applicants vied for a total of 2,424 acceptance
letters for the Class of 2008. 1,621 students were admitted
from the regular decision process. 803 students were
previously offered admission under Stanford's single-choice
early action program. That brings the overall admit rate to
only 12.6 percent.
90 percent of admitted students ranked in the top ten
percent of their class and over 80 percent having a GPA of