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News Release

December 14, 2007


Richard H. Shaw, dean of admission and financial aid: (650) 725-6613,

Stanford offers admission to 738 students through its early action admission program

The Office of Undergraduate Admission announced today that 738 students have been selected through its restrictive early action program, the first cohort of students to be admitted to Stanford's Class of 2012.

These students were selected from an applicant pool of 4,551 candidates. This non-binding offer of admission allows them to consider all of their college options before responding to Stanford by May 1, 2008.

"Among private colleges and universities, Stanford attracts one of the largest early applicant pools in the nation, which makes the task of selecting candidates for our relatively small freshman class especially daunting," said Richard Shaw, dean of admission and financial aid. "The candidates admitted in this first round have distinguished themselves in an international arena. We are positively thrilled that these students have designated Stanford as their first choice at this time."

Shaw added: "Stanford's restrictive early action program works exceedingly well by responding to our applicants' desire to identify Stanford as their first choice while, at the same time, allowing them to consider all of their college options and financial aid packages until May 1, before making a final decision."

Stanford aimed to either admit or deny the majority of candidates who applied during the restrictive early action admission cycle. Some candidates not offered admission were deferred to the regular decision process and will be evaluated again with those candidates who apply for admission by Jan. 1. Stanford plans to award the majority of its available spaces in its freshman class to those who apply through the regular decision process. All final decisions on the Class of 2012 will be mailed on April 1, 2008. Shaw anticipates that overall applications will exceed 24,000.


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