Stanford University

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Stanford University can be found in Stanford, CA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Stanford University has an enrollment of approximately 18,000 students.

Students can submit either the ACT or SAT scores to Stanford University. A score in the range of 1440 to 1570 on the SAT exam, or 32 to 35 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Stanford University average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.90 - 4. The acceptance rate of Stanford University is considered highly competitive, with only 4% of students which applied being accepted. Using acceptance rate data from previous years, we can project that the Stanford University acceptance rate in 2021 is going to be around 4%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Stanford University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Stanford University was reported as 4.3% in Fall 2020 with over 47,500 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 32 - 35
  • Average GPA: 3.90 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Stanford University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Stanford University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Stanford University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 4.8%
  • 2017-2018: 4.7%
  • 2018-2019: 4.4%
  • 2019-2020: 4.3%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 4.2%

How Does Stanford University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Stanford University is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Santa Clara University48.8%
California State University-East Bay76.2%
University of San Francisco64.4%
University of California-Santa Cruz51.3%
California State University-Monterey Bay75.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Stanford University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading700 - 770
Math740 - 800
Total Score1440 - 1570
ACT®Score Range
English34 - 36
Math30 - 35
Composite Score32 - 35
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