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Stanford University Class of 2007

2007admitrateEARLY DECISION

In December, Stanford admitted 596 high school seniors for the Class of 2007 through its Early Decision program. While early applications increased greatly compared to last year at other top colleges such as Harvard and Yale, Stanford's numbers represented only a 3 percent gain over 2001.

Because Stanford will switch to a single-choice Early Action program next year, this is the University's final year of Early Decision.

Students admitted to Stanford on Dec. 17, 2002 represent slightly over 24 percent of the 2,468 early applications received. Last year, 556 students out of 2,390 early applicants were admitted.

These students will make up about three-eighths of the final freshman class size, which should be slightly over 1,600. Approximately 2,300 students will be admitted by April, though around 700 of those accepted will likely choose not to enroll.

Harvard, which follows a non-binding Early Action policy that allows students to apply to multiple schools early, experienced an enormous increase of 24.3 percent, from 6,125 to 7,615. Yale, which plans to adopt the same non-binding single-choice Early Action policy as Stanford, also witnessed a large increase in early applications, from approximately 2,100 to 2,600 this year.

Princeton, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania all saw 11 to 12 percent increases from last year. Dartmouth experienced an 8 percent increase, and Cornell, like Stanford, had a 3 percent increase in applications.

Brown, which switched last year from a non-binding Early Action program similar to Harvard's to a binding Early Decision policy, showed a 3 percent decrease in its early applicants. Duke, another institution that employs a traditional Early Decision program, experienced an approximate 10 percent decline in the number of early applications received.

This year's early admits for Stanford represent 41 states, the District of Columbia and 22 foreign countries, compared to last year's early admits of 43 states and 14 countries.


Published authors, the inventor of a spoken and written language, a rodeo champion and a race car driver are among the high school seniors who received a letter of acceptance from Stanford this week. The University announced on April 4th that it has offered admission to 2,250 students to form the Class of 2007. For the third straight year, the newest set of admits form Stanford's most racially diverse class to date.

The vast majority of Stanford's 19,000 applicants, though, will be left with a letter of rejection. Though the number of applications was comparable to that of past years, Stanford's admit rate decreased to 12.1 percent, noticeably lower than last year's 12.7 percent and the preceding year's 12.6 percent. Applicant admission was down 70 students from last year's 2,320 students. The standard of academic excellence remained extremely high, according to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, with more than half the accepted applicants having a 4.0 unweighted grade point average.

Stanford's admits retain the trend of diversity that the University has established in prior years. For the second year in a row, the majority of admits are racial minorities. Thirteen percent of the admits are African-American, 25 percent are Asian-American, 11 percent are Mexican-American, 3 percent are Latino / a and 3 percent are Native American or Native Hawaiian. With minority groups representing 49.9 percent of admits in the class of 2005 and slightly more than half of the class of 2006, this is Stanford's most ethnically diverse admit group to date.

The admitted students represent 1,344 secondary schools and all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The majority of admits are from the regular admittance pool, with 1,653 letters mailed. Another 597 admits from the early decision pool will have until May 1 to send in their letters of matriculation.


The current nearly perfect enrollment of early admits will change next year, however, when Stanford switches to its non-binding single-choice Early Action program. While this new plan will still require early applicants to apply only to Stanford, no binding commitment is asked of them, in an attempt to relieve the pressure of making a final decision so early in their senior year of high school.

An added benefit of the future early application program is that early applicants will be able to compare financial aid packages from various schools. A common complaint against Early Decision has been that it hurts students who need the flexibility to evaluate aid.