Freshman Requirements & Process

Instructions & Checklist

Use the Freshman Application Instructions PDF and the Freshman Requirements & Process web pages as guides to preparing your application to Stanford.


Download and print the Stanford Freshman Application Instructions.

Freshman Instructions PDF

Arts Portfolio

The Arts Portfolio is optional and may be submitted if you have extraordinary talent in the arts.


Getting Started

  • GO TO, create an applicant account and add Stanford University to your "My Colleges" list.
  • COMPLETE the Common Application and the Stanford Questions; assign and invite your recommenders before submitting your application.
  • ASK your counselor and teachers to submit all of their documents online whenever possible.
  • USE the Freshman Mailing Labels for mailed documents.
  • WRITE your Common Application ID number on the first page of mailed or faxed documents.
  • USE your official name on all testing and application documents.
  • EMAIL informing us if you used a different first name, last name or email address on testing documents. 
  • ADD to your email address book or safe senders list.
  • DOUBLE-CHECK your email address. All Stanford University correspondence will be sent to the email address you enter in the Common Application. Make sure your email address is valid. Email corrections to
  • DO NOT mail, email or fax additional materials such as research papers, newspaper articles, publications and writing samples. They will not be processed.
  • VISIT International Applicants for additional information (if applicable).
  • SUBMIT your application ahead of deadlines to avoid technical difficulties.

Submitting Your Application

  • SAVE a PDF copy of your application to your computer on the "Preview and Submission" page.
  • CONFIRM that you have successfully submitted your Common Application in the "My Colleges" tab.

Checking Your Application Status

  • CHECK your application status regularly once we have sent you an email confirming receipt of your Common Application. It may take up to three weeks after the submission deadline to receive this email.

Required Application Components

  • First-Year Common Application
  • $90 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request
    (counselor verification required)
  • Official Testing (SAT or ACT Plus Writing) sent from the College Board or ACT
  • School Report including Counselor Recommendation
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Midyear Report


Stanford reserves the right to evaluate an application and render a final decision even if all pieces of the application have not been received.

Updated on July 16, 2015 3:25 PM