Freshman Requirements & Process
We want to hear your individual voice in your writing. Write essays that reflect who you are; use specific concrete details and write in a natural style. Begin work on these essays early, and feel free to ask your friends and mentors to provide constructive feedback. Ask if the essay's tone sounds like your voice. If those closest to you do not think your essay captures who you are, we will not be able to recognize what is distinctive about you. While asking for feedback is suggested, do not enlist hired assistance in the writing of your essays.
Common Application Personal Essay
The Transfer Application Personal Essay asks you to provide a statement addressing your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve.
Stanford Short Essays
Candidates respond to all three essay topics. (250 word limit for each essay.)
- Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.
- 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.
- What matters to you, and why?