Stanford University (CA)

Stanford University (CA)


Restricted Early Action: Nov. 1, 2016 

Regular Decision: Jan. 3, 2017 

Common Application 


Common Application Essays:

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 
  • The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Supplemental Essay Questions: 

  1. Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 words limit)
  2. Please respond to the following seven inquiries so we can get to know you better. Do not feel compelled to use complete sentences.
    • Name your favorite books, authors, films, and/or musical artists.
    • What newspapers, magazines, and/or websites do you enjoy?
    • What is the most significant challenge that society faces today? (50 words limit)
    • How did you spend your last two summers? (50 words limit)
    • What were your favorite events (e.g., performances, exhibits, sporting events, etc.) this past year? (50 words limit)
    • What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed? (50 words limit)
    • What five words best describe you?
  3. Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development. (250 words limit)
  4. Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better. (250 words limit)
  5. What matters to you, and why? (250 words limit)

Coalition Application

Yes (No yet available for Fall 2017 applications)

Coalition Application Essays:

  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution. 
  • Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice

Documents Required:

  • Application and Supplement (Submit ONLY ONE Application)
  • $90 application fee or waiver
  • Secondary School Report, Transcripts, 
  • Mid-Year School Report 
  • 2 Teacher Evaluation
  • SAT (w/h writing) or ACT (w/h writing)
  • 2 SAT Subject Tests (Strongly recommended)

Other Information:
Address: Office of Undergraduate Admission
               Montag Hall, 355 Galvez Street, 
               Stanford, California 94305-6106. 

Phone: 650-723-2091 (Admissions Office)
Application Info:

SAT/ TOEFL Code: 4704 
ACT Coder: 0434